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Extract from Narada Michael Walden's keynote speech

at the 7th ARP Conference

Narada Michael Walden is a multi-Grammy winning, drummer, songwriter and producer, with Producer, Album and Song of the Year awards to his credit. He has 56 number one records to his name with artists as diverse as Aretha Franklin and Wynonna Judd; Stevie Wonder and Tom Jones; The Temptations and Jeff Beck. He was an integral part of introducing such superstars as Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey to millions of fans worldwide and Billboard Magazine has honored him as one of the Top Ten Producers of all time. He has also earned equal acclaim as a recording and performing artist in his own right. Beginning with his stint as drummer with the pioneering Mahavishnu Orchestra in the early Seventies, through eleven acclaimed solo albums and numerous appearances at the top of the Pop and R and B charts, Walden has branched into a wide range of sonic arenas; from groundbreaking soundtrack work on such smash films as The Bodyguard and Stuart Little to the Emmy-winning "One Moment In Time," perhaps best known as the theme to the 1988 Olympic Games.