Narada Michael Walden

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Narada Michael Walden
Birth name Michael Walden
Born (1952-04-23) April 23, 1952 (age 65)
Origin Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.
Genres Funk, pop, R&B, dance-pop, soul, quiet storm, jazz
Occupation(s) Drummer, singer, composer, producer
Years active 1971–present
Labels Atlantic Records, Reprise/Warner Bros.
Notable instruments
Drum Workshop
Remo Drumset
Audix Microphones
Linn Electronics
Akai MPC60

Narada Michael Walden (/ˈnɑːrdə, -rədə/ NAH-rə-də; born Michael Walden, April 23, 1952 in Kalamazoo, Michigan)[citation needed] is an American producer, drummer, singer, and songwriter. He was given the name Narada by guru Sri Chinmoy in the early 1970s[citation needed] and his musical career spans three decades, in which he was awarded several gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards.[citation needed] Walden has also owned and operated Tarpan Studios, a recording studio in San Rafael, California, since the mid-1980s.[citation needed]

Performing career[edit]

His stage career included appearances with John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra (where he replaced legendary drummer Billy Cobham),[1] Jeff Beck (on Beck's album Wired) and Tommy Bolin Band.

His first solo album, Garden of Love Light, was released in 1976 and included the track "Delightful", a song from the Tommy Bolin Band setlist.[citation needed] The lone single released from the album, it charted at #81 on the R&B charts in the spring of 1977.[citation needed]

1976 also saw him feature prominently on the album Vimana by Italian Progressive rock band Nova, on which he is both the main drummer to the band, and composed one of the tracks.[citation needed]

His 1979 album Awakening peaked at #15 on the R&B charts, spawning a Top 10 hit with "I Don't Want Nobody Else (To Dance with You)". Later that year, his album The Dance of Life yielded the Top 5 single "I Shoulda Loved Ya", which also made the UK Top 10 in 1980.[citation needed] He continued to score sporadic solo hits throughout the 1980s.[citation needed] "Gimme Gimme Gimme", his 1985 duet with Patti Austin, reached #1 in Sweden. In 1988, he scored another UK top 10 hit and a #1 US Dance hit, with "Divine Emotions" under the name Narada.[citation needed]




  • "Delightful" (1977)
  • "Give Your Love a Chance" (1979)
  • "I Don't Want Nobody Else (To Dance with You)" (1979)
  • "I Shoulda Loved Ya" (1979)
  • "Tonight I'm Alright" (1980)
  • "The Real Thang" (1980)
  • "Summer Lady" (1982)
  • "Reach Out (I'll Be There)" (1983)
  • "Gimme, Gimme, Gimme" (1985)
  • "Divine Emotions" (as Narada) (1988)
  • "Can't Get You Outta My Head" (1988)


Other collaborations[edit]

As drummer[edit]

As producer (and drummer)[edit]


  1. ^ Hogan, Ed. "Narada Michael Walden: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-03-24. 

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