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Born in 1951 in Evansville, Indiana, Walker Igleheart attended high school in St. Louis, MO, where he performed in rock and roll bands as keyboardist and lead singer. In 1973, after attending music schools at the University of Arizona and the University of Colorado, he moved to Nashville, TN , where he co-founded the band Thunder. which went on to record 2 albums on Atco Records. Leaving Thunder in 1979, he performed as touring keyboardist and vocalist with Crystal Gayle, Bobby Bare, Gail Davies, Tracy Nelson, and others. In Nashville his songs were recorded by The Judds, The Oak Ridge Boys, Pam Tillis, Dan Seals, Gail Davies, Terri Gibbs¸ and others. He also played keyboards and sang vocals on many demo recordings and records, including harmony vocals on the classic record “Jagged Edge of a Broken Heart” with Gail Davies, (a song which he also co-wrote)and on "Unwed Fathers" with fellow vocalist Dolly Parton.

After moving to Los Angeles in 1982, he first played keyboards on tour for “General Hospital” soap opera star and singer John Stamos, in addition to “acting” on the TV show as keyboardist for actor/singer Jack Wagner. From 1986 until 1989, he became The Bangles touring keyboardist and collaborator, subsequently co-writing 4 of their songs, including the single “Be With You” in 1989. Following the breakup of the Bangles, Walker co-wrote six songs with Bangles drummer Debbi Peterson for the self-titled album by Kindred Spirit, a duo consisting of Peterson and Gina Shock, drummer for the Go Go’s. During that time he also produced numerous demos for Hill Tigay, an artist highly sought after by A&M Records. After months of fruitful negotiations with the legendary head of A&R, David Anderley (The Beach Boys, etc.), the project was handed off to a newly hired A&R rep who became intractable, and sadly the deal fell through. In 1991 Walker played keyboards for the “supergroup” Animal Logic, with band mates Stewart Copeland (The Police) and Stanley Clarke (Return to Forever) until that band’s breakup. In 1993 and 1994 he toured extensively as keyboardist and vocalist for singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge.

Walker also wrote, produced and performed numerous advertising jingles, achieving national success with “I Like the Sprite in You”, and had songs placed in movies and TV shows, including the internationally popular TV show “Baywatch”, as well as a recurring theme song on the TV soap opera “Santa Barbara”. Walker has performed on numerous live TV shows, including Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson (3 times), Joan Rivers, Merv Griffin, Mike Douglas, Crystal Gayle Christmas Special, and an untold number of European TV shows, including Top of the Pops in England.

Walker currently lives in Nashville where he is a devoted father, real estate agent and occasional performer with his Beatles tribute group, The Repeatles.