Houston Honors Its Own Jazz Star Jen Rathbun as Female Vocalist of the Year

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Jen Rathbun, Houston's jazz star has a hit record out that is Top-40 in the jazz charts.

“Platinum Plus Universal recording artist Jen Rathbun lives in the heart of Houston, Texas where country music is King. The Houston market is the #1 market in the United States for country music acts. However, in the history of Texas music greats, you’ll find one jazz star in that State with a breakout record and a nomination as “Texas Female Vocalist Of The Year.” Jen Rathbun is as hot as a West Texas highway in the middle of an August afternoon. http://www.jenrathbun.com

This week, the largest daily paper in the State of Texas honored Rathbun with their own version of notoriety, an article in the Houston Chronicle. Joey Guerra of the Houston Chronicle calls Rathbun “transported from another decade—one filled with smoky cabarets, dancing woman and all that jazz.” It takes a lot to impress Houstonians. With towering office buildings, billions in oil revenue, and the Houston Livestock Show, it’s not easy for a jazz artist to get their attention. Rathbun has got a hit record in Houston. It’s called, “Coffee, Chocolate & Men.” The song is a smash, along with “Doctor Of Love, The Yard Man, and Cereal Rag. That song is a bonus track after the 11th song plays on the compact disc.” http://www.platinumplusuniversal.com

Smooth jazz radio stations have latched on to Jen Rathbun like a lifesaver in the middle of a stormy sea. People flood radio stations and television stations alike after hearing Rathbun perform in person or on her latest CD with 12 of the best songs you’ll find at your local Borders bookstore, Amazon.com or any other retail music outlet. Rathbun won the National Singer/Songwriter contest and was invited to come to Nashville and perform at the Bluebird Café. While there, Legends Hall Of Fame member, Robert Metzgar offered Rathbun a record deal. Rathbun is an El Paso, Texas native and she grew up with her grandparents and earned a degree in classical vocal performance from the University of Denver. Her completion of a second degree in music brought her to Houston in 1996 for an internship. That was the first step to stardom.     http://www.robertmetzgar.com http://www.americanmusicauditions.com

Houston, Texas has finally taken notice of the jazz singer with many of the same features as Marilyn Monroe. You would swear looking at her “live” pictures in the Houston Chronicle that you were transported in time and were listening to Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, or one of the great torch singers of the past. No one in the music business today, writes jazz like Rathbun. She is one of the best composers of music in that genre ever. She takes you back to the greatest days of jazz, big bands, and the speak easy way of living during the 1920’s. What a rush being at one of her concerts. Fan of Bette Midler or Rosemary Clooney? You’ll absolutely love Jen Rathbun. If you are voting for the Texas Music Awards, you can vote for Houston’s jazz star as Female Vocalist of the Year by going to http://www.mytexasmusic.com

Jen Rathbun has been recently written up in “All About Jazz” which is a significant online jazz site. Jen Rathbun is featured on Amazon.com as a 5 star rated act by Go.com music editors at Disney and her album is currently posted in the Top-40 Jazz charts at http://top40-charts.com This week she makes a “live” appearance on one of Houston’s television stations, KHOU on the morning show. She is involved in charitable work for the troops in Iraq and also a local benefit in Houston this week. It’s great to see a top jazz composer and artist come out of Houston, Texas. They make ‘em big down there in Texas and it seems like a portent of things to come for Jen Rathbun. She’s getting the royal treatment by her home town of Houston. Congratulations on an honor well deserved by one of the best jazz musicians in Texas.

Mr. Lucky Boyd, Director


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For further information on Jen Rathbun, feel free to contact any of the following individuals:

Mr. Joey Guerra, Reporter

The Houston Chronicle

801 Texas Avenue

Houston, TX 77002

713-22-7171 (main)

713-220-7491 (news)



1945 Allen Parkway

Houston, TX 77019

713-526-1111 (main)

713-520-7763 (fax)


Mr. Robert Metzgar, GM

Platinum Plus Universal Records

1214 16th Avenue South

Nashville, TN 37212-2902

800-767-4984 (toll free)

615-321-0600 (wk)

615-321-0182 (fax)


Contact: Jen Rathbun


Capitol Management Group

1214 16th Avenue South

Nashville, TN 37212-2902

888-204-9591 (toll free booking & information)

281-217-4546 (local)


This article written by Mikel Gore

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