Narada Michael Walden

Summary

Narada Michael Walden
Walden performing in 2011
Walden performing in 2011
Background information
Birth nameMichael Walden
Born (1952-04-23) April 23, 1952 (age 69)
Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.[1]
GenresRock, R&B, pop, jazz fusion
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, record producer
InstrumentsDrums, keyboards, bass, vocals
Years active1971–present
LabelsAtlantic, Warner Bros., Tarpan
Associated actsMahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report, Jeff Beck, Journey
Websitenaradamichaelwalden.com

Narada Michael Walden (/ˈnɑːrədə/ NAH-rə-də; Michael Walden; born April 23, 1952)[1] is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. He acquired the nickname Narada from Sri Chinmoy.[2] In 2020, he became the drummer for Journey, replacing Steve Smith. In 2021, he became one of two drummers in the band alongside the returning Deen Castronovo.

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.[2]

He built his studio in 1985[2] 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, Sheena Easton, 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

Year Album Label Peak chart positions
US
[7]
US R&B
[8]
UK
[9]
1976 Garden of Love Light Atlantic Records
1977 I Cry, I Smile
1979 Awakening 103 15
The Dance of Life 74 9
1980 Victory 103 21
1982 Confidence 135 30
1983 Looking at You, Looking at Me 51
1985 The Nature of Things Warner Bros.
1988 Divine Emotion Reprise 67 60
1995 Sending Love to Everyone EMI
2013 Thunder 2013 Tarpan
2015 Evolution
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Singles

Year Single Peak chart positions
US
[10]
US
R&B/HH

[11]
US
Dance

[12]
UK
[13][9]
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" 39 87
"The Nature of Things" 82 21
1988 "Divine Emotions" 21 1 8
"Can't Get You Outta My Head" 93
"Wild Thing" 97
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Soundtracks

Other collaborations

As drummer

As producer

References

  1. ^ a b "Narada Michael Walden Page". Soulwalking.co.uk. Archived from the original on November 21, 2002. Retrieved December 30, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Hogan, Ed. "Narada Michael Walden". AllMusic. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  3. ^ "Narada Michael Walden | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  4. ^ "Narada Michael Walden". GRAMMY.com. March 17, 2014. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  5. ^ "28th Annual GRAMMY Awards". GRAMMY.com. November 28, 2017. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  6. ^ "30th Annual GRAMMY Awards". GRAMMY.com. November 28, 2017. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  7. ^ "Chart History - Narada Michael Walden: BILLBOARD 200". Billboard. Retrieved November 9, 2021.
  8. ^ "Chart History - Narada Michael Walden: TOP R&B/HIP-HOP ALBUMS". Billboard. Retrieved November 9, 2021.
  9. ^ a b "NARADA - full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 30, 2020.
  10. ^ "Narada Michael Walden: Chart History - HOT 100". Billboard.
  11. ^ "Chart History: Narada Michael Walden - HOT R&B/HIP-HOP SONGS". Billboard. Retrieved December 30, 2020.
  12. ^ "Chart History: Narada Michael Walden - DANCE CLUB SONGS". Billboard. Retrieved December 30, 2020.
  13. ^ "Narada Michael Walden - full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company.

External links

  • Official website
  • Narada Michael Walden discography at Discogs Edit this at Wikidata
  • Narada Walden Interview NAMM Oral History Library (1986)