Brad Buxer

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Brad Buxer
  • Keyboardist
  • composer

Bradley Buxer is an American keyboardist and composer, known for his many collaborations with the American musician Michael Jackson.[1] In addition to recording with Jackson, Buxer was also the 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 2000s, he reunited with former Jetzons bandmate Bruce Connole in the Suicide Kings.

Buxer was contracted by Jackson to write music for the 1994 video game Sonic the Hedgehog 3.[2][3] He assembled a team composed of Bobby Brooks, Darryl Ross, Geoff Grace, Doug Grigsby III, and Cirocco Jones to assist him and Jackson.[2] The theme of the game's IceCap Zone stage is an instrumental version of the then-unreleased 1981 song "Hard Times" by the Jetzons, of which Buxer was a member. Carnival Night Zone's background music incorporates elements of Jackson's 1991 song "Jam", while the game's ending theme was used as a base for Jackson's 1995 single "Stranger in Moscow".[4]

He now works as a professional airline pilot.[5]


Year Project Artist(s) Note(s)
1982 Made in America The Jetzons Synthesizer, co-songwriter
1984 Bouncin’ Off the Walls Matthew Wilder Synthesizer
1985 In Square Circle Stevie Wonder Synthesizer programming
1986 To Be Continued... The Temptations Keyboards, synthesizer
Dreaming Amanda McBroom Group member, synthesizer
1987 Unfinished Business Steve Goodman Drum programming, synthesizer
One Heartbeat Smokey Robinson Synthesizer programming
Kane Roberts Kane Roberts Synthesizer
1988 Reflections George Howard Keyboards
1989 Personal Engineer
Come Play with Me Grady Harrell Programming
1990 Shut Up and Dance: Mixes Paula Abdul Keyboards
Ivory Teena Marie Keyboards, programming
Romance Me Grady Harrell Engineer
1991 The Earth Is ... Air Supply Keyboards, programming, strings
Mixed Emotions David Peaston Engineer, programming
1994 Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Michael Jackson Video game, composer[2]
2008 The Complete Jetzons The Jetzons Synthesizer, co-songwriter
2013 The Lost Masters


Year Work Role
2001 Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration music
2005 Live in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour actor and song performer[6]
2006 World Music Awards 2006 segment director


  1. ^ Frushtick, Russ (December 4, 2009). "Michael Jackson's Involvement In 'Sonic The Hedgehog 3' Confirmed". MTV Multiplayer. Archived from the original on October 26, 2014. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Van Luling, Todd. "The Michael Jackson Video Game Conspiracy". The Huffington Post.
  3. ^ Hagues, Alana. "Brad Buxer Reconfirms Michael Jackson's Involvement With Sonic 3's Soundtrack". Nintendo Life. Retrieved June 27, 2022.
  4. ^ Montgomery, James (December 4, 2009). "Did Michael Jackson Compose 'Sonic The Hedgehog 3' Soundtrack?". Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  5. ^ "Brad Buxer". Black & White (in French). 2009. p. 74. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  6. ^ "Brad Buxer Filmography – Movies & TV". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 2014. Archived from the original on October 11, 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2012.

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