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Narada Michael Walden (/ˈnɑːrədə/ NAH-rə-də; Michael Walden; born April 23, 1952) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. He acquired the nickname Narada from Sri Chinmoy.[1]

Narada Michael Walden
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Walden with guitarist Jeff Beck in 2011
Background information
Birth nameMichael Walden
Born (1952-04-23) April 23, 1952 (age 66)
Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.
GenresJazz, Soul, Pop, R&B
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, record producer
InstrumentsDrums, keyboards, bass
Years active1971–present
LabelsAtlantic, Warner Bros., Tarpan
Websitenaradamichaelwalden.com

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BiographyEdit

Walden was a member of rock bands in Miami, Florida, after he graduated from college. Atlantic released his first album, Garden of Love Light, in 1977 with a single that reached the R&B chart. This was followed by I Cry I Smile and The Awakening. The latter album reached No. 15 on the R&B chart. His singles continued to be popular in R&B during the 1980s. These included a duet with Patti Austin and an appearance on the soundtrack for the movie Bright Lights, Big City.[1]

He built his studio in 1985[1] and produced music for The Temptations, Stacy Lattisaw, Aretha Franklin, Angela Bofill, Lisa Fischer, Sister Sledge, Herbie Hancock, Patti Austin, Whitney Houston, Clarence Clemons, George Benson, Kenny G, Lionel Richie, Al Jarreau, and Mariah Carey.[2]

Walden has been nominated for 8 Grammy Awards, winning 3[3]: Best R&B Song for "Freeway of Love" (1985)[4]; Producer of the Year, Non-Classical (1987)[5]; and Album of the Year for The Bodyguard Original Soundtrack (1993).

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

SinglesEdit

Date Title US[7] US
R&B
US
Dance
UK[8]
1977 Delightful - 81 - -
1979 Give Your Love a Chance - 80 - -
I Don't Want Nobody Else (To Dance with You) 47 9 64 -
I Shoulda Loved Ya 66 4 8 8
1980 Tonight I'm Alright - 35 8 34
The Real Thang - 22 25 -
1981 I Want You - 46 25 -
1982 Summer Lady - 39 - -
You're #1 - 19 - -
1983 Reach Out (I'll Be There) - 40 19 -
1985 Gimme, Gimme, Gimme 106 39 - 87
The Nature of Things - 82 21 -
1988 Divine Emotions - 21 1 8
Can't Get You Outta My Head - - - -
Wild Thing - 97 - -

SoundtracksEdit

Other collaborationsEdit

As drummerEdit

As producerEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Hogan, Ed. "Narada Michael Walden". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Narada Michael Walden | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Narada Michael Walden". GRAMMY.com. 2014-03-17. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  4. ^ "28th Annual GRAMMY Awards". GRAMMY.com. 2017-11-28. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  5. ^ "30th Annual GRAMMY Awards". GRAMMY.com. 2017-11-28. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  6. ^ "Narada Michael Walden | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  7. ^ Narada Michael Walden | Billboard
  8. ^ Narada Michael Walden | Official Charts

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