Narada Michael Walden

436 – Narada Michael Walden: Rarified Air

Narada Micahel Walden is a legend. The drummer who’s crossed over may genres, including: Funk, fusion, rock and pop is far more than a drummer. Once a member of Mahavishnu Orchestra and Jeff Beck’s band Walden then set his sites on pop music, becoming one of the most influential producers of all time. He’s responsible for artists like Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Tevin Campbell and many others, serving as a producer, performer and songwriter, boasting fifty seven (57) #1 hits, Three (3) Grammy Awards and one (1) Emmy Award. I could fill the rest of this page with accolades but just listen to our conversation and you’ll get an idea of how important Narada has been to American Music over the last 3 decades.

Narada Michael Walden talks about:

  • Playing in Mahavishnu Orchestra’s second incarnation
  • Meeting the guru Sri Chinmoy through John McLaughlin
  • The power of prayer and meditation
  • What it was like following Billy Cobham in Mahavishnu Orchestra
  • Working with Whitney Houston, Tevin Campbell and Aretha Franklin
  • The art of preparation
  • What current drummers don’t realize
  • Much more

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  1. Ray Welsh
    Ray Welsh says:

    Nick,

    Outstanding interview, thank you! I discovered Narada’s music through my favorite guitarist Tommy Bolin. I purchased my first Narada record, I Cry, I Smile in 1976 shortly after Tommy’s death. I would eventually own all of his 70 & 80 releases. I’ve always felt that Narada never received his due as a solo artist. Some of his songs remain favorites. For me, the most poignant lesson Narada’s success has shown me are the heights available to a great and humble talent that finds God or love in the music they create. The fact that Tommy Bolin never realized his gift and in time, aspire to the greatness of Narada is truly heartbreaking. If you haven’t, check out Tommy’s work on Billy Cobham’s Spectrum, Alphonse Mouzon’s Mind Transplant and his own solo record Teaser which featured Narada. Thank you again, and Narada is clearly the sweet and humble soul I always envisioned him to be.

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