Basic Background Info

Birth: April 23, 1952
Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Band: The Mahavishnu Orchestra
Genres: Jazz, Rock, R&B
Instruments: Drums, Keyboards
Occupation: Musician, Producer


Narada Michael Walden left his hometown of Kalamazoo, Michigan, after graduating from college and promptly headed for Southern Florida. There, Narada Walden played in several rock outfits before signing a solo contract. Narada Walden's debut album, Garden of Love Light, appeared on R&B top 100 charts. The follow-up (I Cry, I Smile) received only mediocre radio attention. Finally in 1979, Narada Walden's third album, The Awakening, found its way to the top of the charts and radio play lists.

Narada Walden continued to perform after opening his own recording studio, Tarpan Studios, in 1985. As a writer and a producer, Narada Walden has worked with Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Stacy Lattisaw, Al Green, Shanice Wilson, Ray Charles, Diana Ross, George Michael, Wild Orchid, Tevin Campbell, Angela Bofill, Steve Winwood, Andy Vargas, Jai, Jermaine Stewart, Natalie Cole, The Temptations, and Eddie Murphy. He has received several Grammy Awards: Song of the Year in 1985 for Aretha Franklin's "Freeway of Love," Producer of the Year in 1987, and Album of the Year in 1993 for The Bodyguard soundtrack.

As a session musician, Narada Walden performed with John McLaughlin, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jeff Beck, and many more. Narada Walden is adept at playing rock, jazz, pop, R&B, and fusion.

Discography (Playing Credits)



Album Year Album Name Album Band
1974 Apocalypse Mahavishnu Orchestra
1975 Visions of the Emerald Beyond Mahavishnu Orchestra
1975 Teaser Tommy Bolin
1975 Wired Jeff Beck
1976 Vimana Nova
1976 My Spanish Heart Chick Corea
1976 Moonshadows Alphonso Johnson
1976 Jaco Pastorius Jaco Pastorius
1976 Inner Worlds Mahavishnu Orchestra
1976 Here& Now Don Cherry
1976 Black Market Weather Report
1977 Wings of Love Nova
1977 Velvet Darkness Allan Holdsworth
1977 Rhythm of Life James Mason
1977 Loading Zone Roy Buchanan
1977 Garden of Love Light Narada Michael Walden
1978 I Cry, I Smile Narada Michael Walden
1979 The Dance of Life Narada Michael Walden
1979 Oneness: Silver Dreams Golden Reality Carlos Santana
1979 Exposure Robert Fripp
1979 Emphasized Wayne Henderson
1979 Electric Guitarist John McLaughlin
1979 Awakening Narada Michael Walden
1980 Volume Ray Gomez
1980 Victory Narada Michael Walden
1980 North by Northwest (Movie Soundtrack) Bernard Herrmann
1980 Let Me Be Your Friend Stacy Lattishaw
1981 With You Stacy Lattishaw
1981 Street Songs Rick James
1981 Something About You Angela Bofill
1981 All American Girls Sister Sledge
1982 Sneakin' Out Stacy Lattisaw
1982 Lite Me Up Herbie Hancock
1982 Confidence Narada Michael Walden
1983 Too Tough Angela Bofill
1983 The Clarke/Duke Project, Vol. 2 The Clarke/Duke Project
1983 Sixteen Stacy Lattisaw
1983 Looking at You, Looking at Me Narada Michael Walden
1983 Goddess of Love Phyllis Hyman
1984 Starchild Teena Marie
1984 Perfect Combination Stacy Lattisaw
1984 Patti Austin Patti Austin
1985 Who's Zoomin' Who? Aretha Franklin
1985 Whitney Houston Whitney Houston
1985 The Nature of Things Narada Michael Walden
1985 Hero Clarence Clemons & the Red Bank Rockers
1985 Fired Up Larry Graham
1985 Air Play Benny Goodman
1986 While the City Sleeps George Benson
1986 Take Me All the Way Stacy Lattisaw
1986 Dancing on the Ceiling Lionel Richie
1987 Whitney Whitney Houston
1987 No Protection/Love Among the Cannibals Starship
1987 No Protection Starship
1987 Innerspace Jerry Goldsmith
1988 Ooh Yeah! Hall & Oates
1988 Bright Lights, Big City (Movie Soundtrack) Bright Lights, Big City
1988 1988 Summer Olympics Album Various Artists
1989 Through the Storm Aretha Franklin
1989 So Happy Eddie Murphy
1989 Pia Z. Pia Zadora
1989 Night with Mr. C. Clarence Clemons
1989 D'Tara Hicks D'Tara Hicks
1989 Be Yourself Patti LaBelle
1990 Mariah Carey Mariah Carey
1990 It's Supposed to Be Fun Lou Rawls
1990 I'm Your Baby Tonight Whitney Houston
1990 Divine Emotion Narada Michael Walden
1991 Zakir Hussain & the Rhythm Experience Zakir Hussain
1991 What You See Is What You Sweat Aretha Franklin
1991 The Woman I Am Cherelle
1991 T.E.V.I.N. Tevin Campbell
1991 So Intense Lisa Fischer
1991 Inner Child Shanice
1991 Greatest Hits Ten Years and Change (1979-1991) Starship
1991 Dying Young James Newton Howard
1991 Christmas Stephanie Mills
1991 Beckology Jeff Beck
1992 Soul Dancing Taylor Dayne
1992 Rispetto Zucchero Fornaciari
1992 Greatest Hits (A&M) Brenda Russell
1992 Back Again!!! Milira
1993 Whisper a Prayer Mica Paris
1993 Walkin' In the Sun Lisa Keith
1993 Tempted Mitsou
1993 Sweet As It Comes Nikita Germaine
1993 Passion Regina Belle
1993 I'm Ready Tevin Campbell
1993 Guitar On Fire: The Atlantic Sessions Roy Buchanan
1994 Masters of Percussion Masters of Percussion
1994 Live! Tommy Bolin
1994 Greatest Hits (1980-1994) Aretha Franklin
1994 A Tribute to Curtis Mayfield Various Artists
1995 Your Heart's In Good Hands Al Green
1995 The Best of George Benson George Benson
1995 My Cherie Sheena Easton
1995 Crooklyn (Soundtrack) Crooklyn
1995 Blow by Blow/Wired/There and Back Jeff Beck
1996 This Is Jazz Vol. 10 Weather Report
1996 The Legacy of Phyllis Hyman Phyllis Hyman
1996 The Associate (Movie Soundtrack) The Associate
1996 New World Order Curtis Mayfield
1996 Miracle Puff Johnson
1996 Live in San Fransisco Pride & Joy
1996 In Bed with the O' Jays: Greatest Love Songs The O' Jays
1996 From the Archives Vol. 1 Tommy Bolin
1996 Ecstacy's Dance: The Best of Narada Michael Walden Narada Michael Walden
1997 Simone Hines Simone Hines
1997 Lovergirl: The Teena Marie Story Teena Marie
1997 Live at Ebbets Field, May 13, 1976 Tommy Bolin
1997 Junction Seven Steve Winwood
1997 Jazz Fusion Vol. 1 Various Artists
1998 The Very Best of Stacy Lattisaw Stacy Lattisaw
1998 The Very Best of Oleta Adams #2 Oleta Adams
1998 Phoenix Rising The Temptations
1998 In & Out of Love Patti Austin
1998 Fiesta Amazonica Merl Saunders & the Rainforest Band
1998 #1's Mariah Carey
1999 We Got Next Winans Phase 2
1999 Ultimate Collection: The Best of Shanice Shanice
1999 Tevin Campbell Tevin Campbell
1999 Our Friend Martin (Soundtrack) Our Friend Martin
2000 Ultimate Collection Teena Marie
2000 Pride 2000 Julian Marsh
2000 Mytown Mytown
2000 Love Songs Teena Marie
2000 Les Incontournables George Benson
2001 Ultimate Collection Brenda Russell
2001 The Very Best of Patti Austin: The Singles (1969-1986) Patti Austin
2001 The Very Best of Howard Hewett Howard Hewett
2001 Shabaz Shabaz
2001 Hero/Rescue Clarence Clemons & the Red Bank Rockers
2001 My Name Is Bond ... James Bond Hollywood Star Orchestra
2001 Awesome The Temptations
2001 Awesome 2 The Temptations
2002 The Best of Weather Report Weather Report
2002 Tamminy 'Aleek Hakim
2002 Talakik Hakim
2002 Super Hits Teena Marie
2002 My Girl: The Very Best of the Temptations The Temptations
2002 Block Party Breaks Vol. 2 DJ Pogo
2003 What the World Needs Now Is Love Wynonna Judd
2003 The Greatest Hits of All George Benson
2004 The Very Best of George Benson: The Greatest Hits of All George Benson
2004 Let Me Be Your Angel Tiffany Evans
2004 Key to My Soul Sarah Connor
2004 Guitar & Bass Alphonso Johnson
2004 Guitar & Bass John McLaughlin
2004 El Yomen Dol Hakim
2005 Shelter In the Rain Stevie Wonder
2005 Love and Life Latoya London
2005 Instigator Kaci Brown
2006 Forecast: Tomorrow Weather Report
2007 The Essential John McLaughlin John McLaughlin
2007 The Essential Jaco Pastorius Jaco Pastorius
2008 Revelations/What the World Needs Now Is Love Wynonna Judd
2008 Original Album Classics Jeff Beck
2008 Brothers In Arms Temple of Soul
2008 Awakening/The Dance of Life Narada Michael Walden
2009 The Collection Whitney Houston
2009 Loving Life Kayla Marin
2010 The Clarke/Duke Project Vols. 1-3 The Clarke/Duke Project
2010 Live and Exclusive from the Grammy Museum Jeff Beck
2010 Electric Guitarist/Electric Dreams John McLaughlin
2010 Daydream/Mariah Carey Mariah Carey
2011 Raskatriski Rosario
2012 The Columbia Albums 1976-1982 Weather Report
2012 Knew You Were Waiting: The Best of Aretha Franklin 1980-1998 Aretha Franklin
2012 Great Gypsy Soul Tommy Bolin
2013 Thunder Narada Michael Walden
2013 Soul Quest Keiko Matsui
2013 Love Fell On Me Shelea


  • Narada has also worked on the film soundtracks for Beverly Hills Cop II, Perfect, Waiting to Exhale, License to Kill, The Bodyguard, 9 Ω Weeks, Crooklyn, Free Willy, and The Associate.

Instruments of Choice

Drums: Drum Workshop
Hardware: Drum Workshop

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