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Narada Michael Walden

Narada Michael Walden (/ˈnɑːrədə/ NAH-rə-də; born Michael Walden; 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 (center) in a drum set, onstage with Jeff Beck, 2011
Background information
Birth nameMichael Walden
Born (1952-04-23) April 23, 1952 (age 66)
Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.
GenresJazz, pop, rock, 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 sountrack for the movie Bright Lights, Big City.[1]

He built his a studio in 1985[1] and produced music for 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 won a Grammy Award as a producer in 1993 for the soundtrack The Bodyguard by Whitney Houston. In 1985 he won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song for "Freeway of Love" by Aretha Franklin.[3] He produced an album for the Tempations which contained their first No. 1 hit in 25 years.[1]

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

SinglesEdit

Date Title US[5] US
R&B
US
Dance
UK[6]
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 d 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. 17 March 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Narada Michael Walden | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  5. ^ Narada Michael Walden | Billboard
  6. ^ Narada Michael Walden | Official Charts

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