of the Morning". The mere mention of this
legendary record triggers a flood of memories for the millions who
bought it, and inevitably evokes the name of the artist for whom
it meant overnight success: Merrilee Rush. But for those devoted
legions who have flocked to see Merrilee since 1962, her success
was anything but overnight. Indeed it was proof positive that
talent and dedication can reap a just reward and that good guys
can finish first.
For Merrilee was then, and remains today, an astonishing tribute
to true commitment to her career and to her fans. As countless
groups and artists came and went, Merrilee endured. Literally
millions who have seen Merrilee perform live stand witness to an
unparalleled record of achievement. A number one single in seven
countries. Sold out shows. Out of an entire generation of great
Pacific Northwest acts, she was the only one to receive her
industry's highest honor - a Grammy Nomination for Female Vocalist
of the Year.
But beyond the Gold records, her Hot 100 singles and albums, the
string of successful TV appearances and all the notoriety
accompanying them, there is Merrilee Alive: one-on-one, an
explosion that has generated more than 20 years of packed houses
and an army of fans who know that Merrilee Alive is what
entertaining is all about.
Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Merilee's background in music
came from 10 years of classical piano when she was growing up. She
was backing up friends at USO shows and talent shows playing
classical music when she began to sing.
Merrilee now lives in the countryside near Seattle. She lives on
the farm once owned by her grandfather and attends to her many
interests. Merrilee continues to perform with her own band and
with Seattle Women in Rhythm & Blues.
In 1989, Merrilee's lifetime musical achievements were honored
by the Northwest Area Musicians' Association. NAMA bestowed upon
her their highest award, induction into the prestigious NAMA Hall
of the Morning" continues to be heard on soundtracks such as "Jerry
Maguire", "Girl Interrupted", and Harvey Keitel's
Merrilee's many gifts and talents continue to earn her great
praise and high awards. But for those of us who love her and have
been blessed by her talents, the highest place she'll ever hold is
the same place she's held for so long - the place in our hearts.