Narada Michael Walden
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Narada Michael Walden

Narada Michael Walden
Walden with guitarist Jeff Beck in 2011
Walden with guitarist Jeff Beck in 2011
Background information
Michael Walden
Born (1952-04-23) April 23, 1952 (age 68)
Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.
GenresRock, R&B, pop, jazz fusion
Musician, songwriter, record producer
InstrumentsDrums, keyboards, bass
1971-present
LabelsAtlantic, Warner Bros., Tarpan
Mahavishnu Orchestra, Journey
Websitenaradamichaelwalden.com

Narada Michael Walden ( NAH-r?-d?; Michael Walden; born April 23, 1952) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. He acquired the nickname Narada from Sri Chinmoy.[1] He is currently the drummer for Journey, having joined on May 23, 2020.[2]

Biography

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.[3]

Walden has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards, winning three[4]: Best R&B Song for "Freeway of Love" (1985)[5]; Producer of the Year, Non-Classical (1987)[6]; and Album of the Year for The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album (1993).


Discography

Albums

Singles

Year Title US[7] US
R&B/HH
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 -- --
"--" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Soundtracks

Other collaborations

As drummer

As producer

References

  1. ^ a b c Hogan, Ed. "Narada Michael Walden". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ Schon, Neal. "Word is out! Narada Michael Walden is our new Drummer!". Instagram.
  3. ^ "Narada Michael Walden | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "Narada Michael Walden". GRAMMY.com. March 17, 2014. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ "28th Annual GRAMMY Awards". GRAMMY.com. November 28, 2017. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ "30th Annual GRAMMY Awards". GRAMMY.com. November 28, 2017. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ Narada Michael Walden | Billboard
  8. ^ Narada Michael Walden | Official Charts

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