This song was written by Peter Lord, who was in an R&B/funk band called the Family Stand. He wrote "Rush Rush" solo, but teamed up with his Family Stand bandmates V. Jeffrey Smith and Sandra St. Victor for three other hits from Spellbound
: "Blowing Kisses in the Wind
," "Will You Marry Me?
" and "Vibeology
," which earned Lord the title of Billboard
magazine's Pop Songwriter of the Year for 1991. The Family Stand also produced these tracks.
In a Songfacts interview with Lord
, he said: "'Rush, Rush' actually began as a dare or a joke with my Family Stand bandmate, Sandra St. Victor. Babyface was one of the top songwriters/producers at that time, and I told her I could write one of his type of hit ballads in my sleep (no disrespect). I ran to the piano and playfully played the first chords that would begin 'Rush, Rush' and sang, 'You're the whisper of a summer breeze... You're the the kiss that puts my soul at ease...' I then looked at her and said 'Wait a minute, that's not bad!'"
This was the second time Abdul struck gold with the help of an obscure, but talented producer/songwriter with an R&B lean; three hits from her first album came from "Oliver Leiber
," who despite being the son of the famous songwriter Jerry Leiber, was living in Minnesota and struggling to get his career off the ground.