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Narada Michael Walden

Narada Michael Walden (born Michael Walden on April 23, 1952 in Kalamazoo, Michigan) is an [American] [producer] , [drummer] , [singer] , and [songwriter] . He was given the name [Narada] by guru [Sri Chinmoy] in the early 1970s and his musical career spans three decades, in which he was awarded several gold, platinum and [multi-platinum] awards. Walden has also owned and operated Tarpan Studios, a well-known [recording studio] in [San Rafael] , [California] , since the mid-1980s.

Performing career His stage career included appearances with [John McLaughlin] and the [Mahavishnu Orchestra] (where he replaced legendary drummer [Billy Cobham] ), and [Jeff Beck] (on Beck's album [Wired] ).

His first album, Garden of Love Light , was released in 1976 and included the track "Delightful". The lone single released from the album, it charted at #81 on the R&B charts in the spring of 1977.

His 1979 album Awakening peaked at #15 on the R&B charts, spawning a Top 10 hit with "I Don't Want Nobody Else (To Dance With You )". Later that year, his album The Dance of Life yielded the Top 5 single "I Shoulda Loved Ya", which also made the UK Top 10 in 1980. "Gimme Gimme Gimme", his 1985 duet with [Patti Austin] , reached #1 in Sweden. In 1988, he scored another UK top 10 hit and a #1 US Dance hit, with " [Divine Emotions] " under the name [Narada] .

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Hit Producer, Musician Narada Michael Walden on the Music Biz Weekly Podcast

Hit Producer, Musician Narada Michael Walden on the Music Biz Weekly Podcast

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Narada Michael Walden is an Emmy and multi-Grammy winner including wons for Producer, Album and Song of The Year. This week he visits co-hosts Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on Hypebot's Music Biz Weekly podcast. Walden has been at the helm of hit music that spans decades. He's produced hits for artists as diverse as Aretha Franklin, Steve Winwood, Ray Charles, Wynonna Judd, Whitney Houston, George Michael, Mariah Carey, Barbara Streisand, Lio Narada Michael Walden, Lionel Ritchie, Stevie Wonder, Tom ...

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Multicultural European Singer-Songwriter Emily Johnson Releases Her Debut Ep "Open You Heart" Produced By Narada Michael Walden

Multicultural European Singer-Songwriter Emily Johnson Releases Her Debut Ep "Open You Heart" Produced By Narada Michael Walden

Source: Glass Onyon PR - William James

Sometimes known as “The Lady of Heart,” Emily Johnson is a Bulgarian-born Nigerian singer, songwriter, and composer. Having performed around the world for many years, she is releasing Open You Heart, her debut EP, on May 11, 2018, with the help of Tarpan Records in the United States. This EP was produced by Narada Michael Walden and features 4 original songs. Emily Johnson was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, at a time when the country was still under the influence of ...

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Superstar Drummer & Songwriter Cindy Blackman Santana To Release New Summer Single "Fun, Party, Splash" Feat. Carlos Santana & Produced By Narada Michael Walden

Superstar Drummer & Songwriter Cindy Blackman Santana To Release New Summer Single "Fun, Party, Splash" Feat. Carlos Santana & Produced By Narada Michael Walden

Source: Glass Onyon PR - William James

The past few months have been a blur for Cindy Blackman Santana, who is currently touring and performing with her husband Carlos Santana, is featured as a vocalist, drummer, and songwriter on Power of Peace, the new Santana/Isley Brothers collaboration, and has been busy touring with her own band and recording tracks in the studio with the legendary producer Narada Michael Walden. Together through Walden's Tarpan Records label they will release the new single “Fun, Party, Splash” featuring Carlos Santana ...

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Drum Legend Narada Michael Walden To Release New Full Length Album "Evolution" On Tarpan Records

Drum Legend Narada Michael Walden To Release New Full Length Album "Evolution" On Tarpan Records

Source: Glass Onyon PR - William James

Tarpan Records is pleased to announce the international release of Evolution the upcoming full-length album by Narada Michael Walden releasing on October 30th 2015. The albums’ first single, Billionaire On Soul Street, which was released on August 14th, 2015 and the forthcoming album represent a change of direction for Narada, one that brings him back to his roots in Dance and Club Music, Funk and Soul. The first single was, and full-length album will be released on Narada’s own imprint, ...

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Granddaughter Of Legendary Dionne Warwick, Cheyenne Elliott To Release Narada Michael Walden Produced Singles And An Ep In 2015

Granddaughter Of Legendary Dionne Warwick, Cheyenne Elliott To Release Narada Michael Walden Produced Singles And An Ep In 2015

Source: Glass Onyon PR - William James

New York, NY – A brand new star has appeared on the US music scene; her name is Cheyenne Elliott. Cheyenne is the granddaughter of iconic singer Dionne Warwick, and a cousin of the late superstar Whitney Houston. In early 2014, producer Narada Michael Walden discovered her exemplary vocal talent and invited her out to Tarpan Studios in San Rafael, California, where Whitney, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey and many other artists recorded some of their biggest hits. The young New ...

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Tarpan Records Announces The Release Of Thunder 2013 By Grammy And Emmy Award Winning Multi-platinum Producer / Drum Legend Narada Michael Walden

Tarpan Records Announces The Release Of Thunder 2013 By Grammy And Emmy Award Winning Multi-platinum Producer / Drum Legend Narada Michael Walden

Source: Glass Onyon PR - William James

San Rafael, CA, - Tarpan Records is pleased to announce the national release of Thunder 2013, a new full length album by Narada Michael Walden on September 17th 2013. This release features new songs that span Rock, Fusion, Funk and even a ballad or two. This is the first worldwide official release by Narada Michael Walden on his new imprint Tarpan Records. Narada Michael Walden has produced many household names including: Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Regina Belle, Steve Winwood, Ray ...

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Music Legend And Tarpan Records Founder Narada Michael Walden Announces Hiring Of New Label President Steffen Franz, CEO Of Independent Distribution Collective

Music Legend And Tarpan Records Founder Narada Michael Walden Announces Hiring Of New Label President Steffen Franz, CEO Of Independent Distribution Collective

Source: Glass Onyon PR - William James

San Rafael, CA, - Tarpan Records is pleased to announce that Steffen Franz is joining as company President. The announcement was made yesterday by Tarpan’s CEO and founder, Narada Michael Walden from the company’s headquarters in San Rafael, California. Franz is a longtime independent record label owner who started his own imprint Positive Sound Massive Recordings, a conscious Reggae record label in 1993. Recently Franz founded a 600 label distribution and marketing company Independent Distribution Collective, of which he is ...

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UYS: Greg Phillinganes & Narada Michael Walden interviews.

UYS: Greg Phillinganes & Narada Michael Walden interviews.

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Exposures

Panegyric Recordings
2022

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Evolution

Tarpan Records
2015

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Garden Of Love Light

Horo Records
2001

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Awakening

Horo Records
1979

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