Brad Buxer

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Bradley Buxer (also known as Brad Buxer and Brad Buxter) is an American keyboardist and composer, known for his many collaborations with American recording artist Michael Jackson[1] In addition to recording with Jackson, Buxer was also musical director for Jackson's tours for many years. Prior to that, he was a session musician for artists such as Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson and a member of the new wave band The Jetzons. In the '00s, he reunited with former Jetzons bandmate Bruce Connole in The Suicide Kings.

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Controversy[edit]

During his tenure with Jackson, Buxer would contribute to the soundtrack for the Sega Genesis video game Sonic the Hedgehog 3, and he has been one of the few people to confirm that Jackson was involved. At least two of the tracks featured in the game were instrumental versions of tracks recorded by Buxer and Jackson, including the Jackson single Stranger in Moscow, used over the ending credits, and the then-unreleased Jetzons song Hard Times, used as background music for the stage IceCap Zone. Additionally, the background music for the game's Carnival Night Zone stage incorporated elements of Jackson's Jam.

"I've never played the game so I do not know what tracks on which Michael and I have worked the developers have kept, but we did compose music for the game. Michael called me at the time for help on this project, and that's what I did. And if he is not credited for composing the music, it's because he was not happy with the sound coming out of the console. At the time, game consoles did not allow an optimal sound reproduction, and Michael found it frustrating. He did not want to be associated with a product that devalued his music."-Brad Buxer[1]


Year Album Artist Role
1984 Bouncin' off the Walls Matthew Wilder Synthesizer
1985 In Square Circle Stevie Wonder Synthesizer Programming
1986 To Be Continued The Temptations Keyboards, Synthesizer
1986 Dreaming Amanda McBroom Group Member, Synthesizer
1987 Unfinished Business Steve Goodman Drum Programming, Drums, Synthesizer
1987 One Heartbeat Smokey Robinson Drum Programming, Programming, Rhythm Arrangements, Synthesizer Programming
1987 Kane Roberts Kane Roberts Synthesizer
1988 Reflections George Howard Keyboards
1989 Personal George Howard Engineer
1989 Come Play with Me Grady Harrell Programming
1990 Shut Up and Dance: Dance Mixes Paula Abdul Keyboards
1990 Ivory Teena Marie Keyboards, Programming
1991 The Earth Is... Air Supply Keyboards, Programming, Strings
1991 Romance Me Grady Harrell Engineer
1991 Mixed Emotions David Peaston Engineer, Programming
1994 Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Michael Jackson
Cirocco Jones
Composer, Arranger[2]


Year Work Role
2002 Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration Himself; Music
2005 Live in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour Himself; Actor and song performer[3]
2007 World Music Awards 2006 Himself; Segment director


  1. ^ a b Michael Jackson's Involvement In 'Sonic The Hedgehog 3' Confirmed
  2. ^ Jones, Cirocco. "Cirocco Jones discography". Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Brad Buxer Filmography - Movies & TV". New York Times. Retrieved October 16, 2012. 

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