Narada Michael Walden

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links: Official Homepage Wikipedia


23 April 1952, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. Though best known for his percussion skills, Walden is also a talented multi-instrumentalist (notably proficient on keyboards) as well as vocalist, composer, arranger and producer. He grew up the eldest of six children in Plainwell, Michigan. Taking his first music lessons at the age of 10, his favoured early listening included rock bands such as the Who and the soulful R&B of the Temptations. His first group was a duo, the Ambassadors, before Distance In The Far and the Electric Flagstyled Promise. He enrolled at Western Michigan University in 1970 as a music major. By 1972 he had joined progressive rock trio the New McGuire Sisters, led by Sandy Torano, formerly of the Edgar Winter Band. By the following year he had made his debut with the Mahavishnu Orchestra, travelling to London, England, were he helped to record Apocalypse. Major UK dates in support of the album, co-headlining with Jeff Beck, took up most of 1973....

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