'Thunder 2013', is the title of Narada Michael Walden's new full-length album, set for release on September 17th 2013. The legendary drummer and producer's upcoming record features new songs that span rock, fusion, funk and even a ballad or two.
According to the press release, 'Thunder 2013' is a new direction from Narada Michael Walden that was inspired by his recent successful two-year tour with the Jeff Beck Band. Narada returned home to finish this album and put together his band to tour on his own.
Narada enlisted some amazing musicians and performers for his band on 'Thunder 2013' including: Nikita Germaine (Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, and James Taylor) on vocals, Frank Martin (Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige, Madonna, Elton John and Bruce Springsteen) on keyboards, Angeline Saris (Gretchen Menn, Zepperella) on bass and vocals, plus Matthew Charles Heulitt (Zigaboo Modaliste, Salvador Santana, Megan Slankard, Eion Harrington) on guitars.
'Thunder 2013' is the first worldwide official release by Narada Michael Walden on his own label Tarpan Records.
On September 24th 2013 the label will also release Narada Michael Walden's 'Rising Sun', an instrumental EP that features Narada and his new band performing remakes of his greatest fusion hits.
Narada endorses Audix, DW, Korg, Paiste, Pro-Mark and Remo.
He has produced many 'household names' including: Aretha Franklin, Steve Winwood, Ray Charles, Wynonna Judd, Whitney Houston, George Michael, Mariah Carey, Barbra Streisand, Lionel Ritchie, Elton John, Sting, Carlos Santana, Stevie Wonder, and Tom Jones.
He was awarded Grammys for Producer of the Year in 1988, Album of the Year for the movie soundtrack 'The Bodyguard' in 1993 and the R&B Song of the Year in 1985 for Aretha Franklin's Freeway of Love. Narada won an Emmy award for One Moment In Time, the theme to the 1988 Olympic Games.