Freddie Ravel

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Freddie Ravel

Freddie Ravel is an American keyboardist, keynote speaker, author, composer and recording artist.

Ravel served as the musical director as well as composer, producer and concert touring keyboardist of the band Earth, Wind & Fire. He's also worked with a broad range of music icons spanning the genres of Latin, R&B, Pop, Hip Hop, Country, Jazz and World Music. These include: Sergio Mendes, Carlos Santana,[1][2] Kanye West, Madonna, George Benson, Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow, Bobby McFerrin, Al Jarreau, Khaled, and Prince[3] and the teams behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Deepak Chopra, J Lo and Lady Gaga[4].[citation needed]


Ravel was born and bred in Los Angeles to a Ukrainian-German-Polish father and a Colombian mother. He started playing the accordion at the age of 7 then moved on to play the drums, guitar and eventually the piano. He later received his Bachelor's Degree in Music graduating with cum laude honors from California State University.[5][6]

Ravel began performing around the world at age 23 with Brazilian icon Sergio Mendes where he was later signed by Universal Records. This led to a series of three sensual and fiery albums: Midnight Passion, Sol to Soul and Freddie Ravel which charted #1 in the USA and have garnered critical acclaim with the Los Angeles Times describing his music as "a masterful blend of jazz textures, rock energy and tropical rhythms and guitar legend Carlos Santana describing it as "pura corazon".[7][failed verification]

During 1988 Ravel became the musical director for Indian violinist L. Subramaniam. Within the following year he became a member of Sergio Mendes's band.[5][6] Ravel went on to join Earth, Wind & Fire in 1992 as the band's musical director. He thus played on their 1993 album Millennium. He also featured on Flora Purim's 1994 album Speed of Light. After four years with EWF he went on perform with Madonna on the soundtrack of the 1996 feature film Evita. He also played on Peter White's 1997 LP Songs of the Season. During 1998 Ravel became the musical director of Jazz musician Al Jarreau.[3][6][8][9] He went on to produce Jarreau on his 2000 album Tomorrow Today.[10] The album rose to No. 2 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart.[11]

Ravel later performed and co-wrote on Jarreau's 2002 album All I Got. He then played on Euge Groove's 2002 LP Play Date and Earth, Wind and Fire's 2003 album The Promise. Ravel also composed on Jarreau's 2004 album, Accentuate The Positive, and performed and co-wrote the song "Givin' It Up" on the double Grammy Award-winning 2006 album by Al Jarreau and George Benson titled by the same name as the song, Givin' It Up.[3]

Ravel’s speaking and music careers would merge in 1997 to create the first ever music-applied-to-behavior system called "Life in Tune". As a featured author alongside Maya Angelou, Muhammad Ali, Robert Kennedy Jr. and Stevie Wonder, upon invitation directly from Yolanda King, the eldest daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr,[12] Ravel wrote "The Artist in Us All" for the McGraw-Hill publication, Open My Eyes, Open My Soul.[13][failed verification]

On November 17, 2012, Ravel was officially knighted by the Knights of St. John, champions of hospitals and health care for the past 1000+ years. Ravel would later be dubbed the "Keynote Maestro" by the City of Los Angeles for "renewing the national and international economy" through his Life In Tune system, his clients include IBM, NASA, Google, Apple, Blue Cross, EY and Prudential calling his “ideal balance of Entertainment and Content” essential to transforming dissonance to harmony.[14]


Film & TV[edit]

  • Kill Fee (aka Ulterior Motives)
  • Against the Ropes - "All I've Got"
  • Mississippi Masla[21]
  • Help!
  • Never Think About Music The Same Again: Freddie Ravel and Life In Tune
  • The Action Catalyst: "Rhythm of Success with Freddie Ravel (Music, Piano, Business, Leadership)"
  • The Power of Being There (Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller)


  1. ^ Santana (band)
  2. ^ "Santana Group". Retrieved March 28, 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ a b c d Andy Kellman. Freddie Ravel Biography at AllMusic
  4. ^ Gareau, John (September 8, 2021). "EarGo Lifestyle". EarGo.
  5. ^ a b Heckman, Don (April 30, 1993). "Ravel Revels in Versatility : The CSUN-trained keyboardist and composer has played with an array of artists and reflects a spectrum of influences". Los Angeles Times.
  6. ^ a b c Epstein, Benjamin (May 18, 1996). "Pianist Ravel Runs Gamut—From 'Sol to Soul'". Los Angeles Times.
  7. ^ Freddie Ravel – Midnight Passion at Discogs (list of releases)
  8. ^ Lewis, Lis. "A Chat With Musical Director, Freddie Ravel".
  9. ^ "Fred Ravel interview".
  10. ^ "Al Jarreau: Tomorrow Today".
  11. ^ "Al Jarreau: Tomorrow Today (Jazz Albums)". Billboard.
  12. ^ Personal thank you notes from co-authors Yolanda King, Elodia Tate and Robert Kennedy Jr. to Freddie Ravel for his literary contribution of "The Artist in Us All" for the McGraw-Hill 2003 publication, "Open My Eyes, Open My Soul".
  13. ^ Ravel, Freddie (2004). "The Artist in Us All". In Yolanda King; Elodia Tate (eds.). Open My Eyes, Open My Soul: Celebrating Our Common Humanity. McGraw-Hill. pp. 43–44. ISBN 978-0071438865. LCCN 2003023543. First published in Hot Chocolate for the Mystical Soul, Penguin 1998
  14. ^ "Freddie Ravel". Leading Authorities International. May 8, 2019.
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  18. ^ "Excellent Adventure" at AllMusic
  19. ^ Freddie Ravel accompanies Madonna as she sings the Andrew Lloyd Weber composition, "You Must Love Me"
  20. ^ Jazz, All About (2004-01-27). "Richard Smith: Living 'Soulidified' article @ All About Jazz". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2023-03-27.
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