Narada Michael Walden - European tour
June – July 2022
New Album: Immortality – Quarto Valley Records
Narada Michael Walden
Among a handful of the most innovative, original and influential artists of our time, Narada Michael Walden’s stature as an authentic musical renaissance man is a matter of record.
Producing hits for artists as diverse as Aretha Franklin (including the platinum “Freeway of Love”), Stacy Lattisaw, Sister Sledge, Angela Bofill, Phyllis Hyman, Steve Winwood, Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Whitney Houston, George Michael, Mariah Carey, Barbra Streisand, Lionel Ritchie, Lisa Fischer, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Shanice Wilson, Tevin Campbell, Elton John, the O’Jays and the Temptations, the EMMY and multi-GRAMMY winner (Producer, Album and Song of The Year) has been at the helm of hit music that spans decades. His music flows freely from pop, rock and soul to the rarified realms of jazz, fusion and world music. With Jeff Beck, Narada wrote and played drums on the seminal album Wired that earned them both their first gold record award. Walden was an integral part of introducing Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey to millions of fans worldwide, producing and writing their breakthrough hits that first brought these divas to the spotlight. Billboard Magazine honored him as one of the “Top Ten Producers of All Time.”
As impressive a production and songwriting resume as Narada Michael Walden has assembled over the past 30 years, he has also earned equal acclaim as a recording and performing artist in his own right. Beginning as a drummer first with the pioneering Mahavishnu Orchestra (following Bill Cobham at 21 years old), Narada also toured with Jeff Beck, Tommy Bolin and Weather Report. Through 11 acclaimed solo recordings, along the way he has branched into a wide range of sonic arenas. Walden’s music includes groundbreaking soundtrack work on such blockbuster films as The Bodyguard, Free Willy, Dying Young, Beverly Hills Cops II, 9 ½ Weeks and Stuart Little to the Powerful theme song for the James Bond Movie, License to Kill sung by Gladys Knight and the Emmy-winning theme to the 1988 Olympic Games, “One Moment in Time.”
The list goes on, but the artistry of Narada Michael Walden is about more than charts positions and record sales. There is a powerful spiritual component at the heart of everything this richly gifted artist undertakes, an attuned and intuitive approach with a deep appreciation for music’s transforming power. Simply put, the artistry of Narada Michael Walden gets to the heart of matter – and about matters of the heart.
It’s a commitment that reaches into the philanthropic arena as well, where Walden consistently lends his time and talent to causes ranging from the Cancer Society to funding music programs in the nation’s schools through his own foundation. For 12 shows running, Narada has served as Music Director for the Bi-Annual Rainforest Foundation Concert at Carnegie Hall, the high profile conversancy benefit spearheaded by Sting and Trudie Styler, that has featured the likes of Elton John, Billy Joel, Ravi Shankar, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, Bruce Springsteen, Lada Gaga, Bruno Mars and, of course, Sting himself.
His “Narada Michael Walden Foundation” now in its 12th year, delivers its services through a network of non-profit organizations with proven records of success in youth education and community empowerment. The Foundation also endows grants to schools, scholarships for aspiring musicians and enables the stars of tomorrow by offering emerging young artists from around the world access to recording facilities, coaching and production support.
In 2010, Narada took part in a very successful two-year world tour as drummer with the Jeff Beck Band. In February of 2012, Narada returned from a well-received 10-day stint of shows with his own band at the Blue Note in Tokyo and Nagoya to perform at the White House in an all-star band for President Obama’s “Red, White and Blues” concert with legends B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Trombone Shorty, Booker T. Jones and more. In 2013, Narada established his own independent label, Tarpan Records, and released two new solo projects, Thunder 2013 and Rising Sun.
On November 22, 2013, Narada became a father with the birth of his first child, Kelly Estelle Zuzu Walden. He released an album entitled Love Lullabies for Kelly, inspired by this new phase in his life.
In May of 2014, Narada was among the top songwriters honored by ASCAP to perform for the Library of Congress.
Narada celebrated the birth of a second daughter, Kaylah Star, in February of 2015.
2015 was a busy year for Narada with the release of his single “Billionaire on Soul Street” in August. That October, he released his 16th solo album, Evolution.
In 2016, Narada continued to keep busy producing music at his Tarpan Studios and doing shows with his band as well as performing a series of shows with the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. He also developed a gospel show that took on the road.
2017 found Narada busy producing and writing for Neal Schon’s solo album, Universe, as well as producing and writing tracks for Cindy Blackman Santana. He wrote and produced a song for Carlos Santana’s recently released EP, In Search of Mona Lisa, as well as producing and co-writing with Hong Kong-based artist Jennifer Saran the powerful single “Wake Up” featuring Lady Smith Black Mambazo and Carlos Santana.
September 3, 2018 heralded the birth of Narada’s third child, baby boy Michael Anthony Kadillac Walden
In the early fall of 2019, DJ, Producer Kygo’s remix of a Narada-produced Whitney Houston version of Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love,” which had originally only been released in Japan, made it to the top of the charts.
Toward the end of 2019, Narada is set to release his 17th solo album, IMMMORTALITY, a “killer jazz-fusion/progressive-rock” record that he recorded with his band Thunder. Brimming with bravura musicianship – Narada mesmerizes on both drums and keyboards – it’s a thrilling and uplifting experience.
Through 2020 and into 2021 Narada has been busy at his Tarpan Studios with Journey, producing and playing on their new album to be released soon. He has simultaneously been working on a new solo album.
Walden’s prodigious energies have consistently driven him to keep on the cutting edge of the music industry. He continues to perform, write and record new music, and he is tireless in his work to develop and mentor young musicians. For over 25 years, he has been independently busy producing and recording new artists as well as working on his own solo projects at his Marin County-based Tarpan Studios recording studio.