Narada Michael Walden

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Narada Michael Walden
Walden with guitarist Jeff Beck in 2011
Walden with guitarist Jeff Beck in 2011
Background information
Birth nameMichael Walden
Born (1952-04-23) April 23, 1952 (age 68)
Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.
GenresRock, R&B, pop, jazz fusion
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, record producer
InstrumentsDrums, keyboards, bass
Years active1971–present
LabelsAtlantic, Warner Bros., Tarpan
Associated actsMahavishnu Orchestra, Journey

Narada Michael Walden (/ˈnɑːrədə/ NAH-rə-də; Michael Walden; born April 23, 1952) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. He acquired the nickname Narada from Sri Chinmoy.[1] He is currently the drummer for Journey, having joined on May 23, 2020.[2]


Walden was a member of rock bands in Miami, Florida, after he graduated from college. Atlantic released his first album, Garden of Love Light, in 1977 with a single that reached the R&B chart. This was followed by I Cry I Smile and The Awakening. The latter album reached No. 15 on the R&B chart. His singles continued to be popular in R&B during the 1980s. These included a duet with Patti Austin and an appearance on the soundtrack for the movie Bright Lights, Big City.[1]

He built his studio in 1985[1] and produced music for The Temptations, Stacy Lattisaw, Aretha Franklin, Angela Bofill, Lisa Fischer, Sister Sledge, Herbie Hancock, Patti Austin, Whitney Houston, Clarence Clemons, George Benson, Kenny G, Lionel Richie, Al Jarreau, and Mariah Carey.[3]

Walden has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards, winning three[4]: Best R&B Song for "Freeway of Love" (1985)[5]; Producer of the Year, Non-Classical (1987)[6]; and Album of the Year for The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album (1993).




Year Title US[7] US
1977 "Delightful" 81
1979 "Give Your Love a Chance" 80
"I Don't Want Nobody Else (To Dance with You)" 47 9 64
"I Shoulda Loved Ya" 66 4 8 8
1980 "Tonight I'm Alright" 35 8 34
"The Real Thang" 22 25
1981 "I Want You" 46 25
1982 "Summer Lady" 39
"You're #1" 19
1983 "Reach Out (I'll Be There)" 40 19
1985 "Gimme, Gimme, Gimme" 106 39 87
"The Nature of Things" 82 21
1988 "Divine Emotions" 21 1 8
"Can't Get You Outta My Head"
"Wild Thing" 97
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Other collaborations[edit]

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As producer[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Hogan, Ed. "Narada Michael Walden". AllMusic. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  2. ^ Schon, Neal. "Word is out! Narada Michael Walden is our new Drummer!". Instagram.
  3. ^ "Narada Michael Walden | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  4. ^ "Narada Michael Walden". March 17, 2014. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  5. ^ "28th Annual GRAMMY Awards". November 28, 2017. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  6. ^ "30th Annual GRAMMY Awards". November 28, 2017. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  7. ^ Narada Michael Walden | Billboard
  8. ^ Narada Michael Walden | Official Charts

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