His stage career included appearances with John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra (where he replaced legendary drummer Billy Cobham), Jeff Beck (on Beck's album Wired
) and Tommy Bolin Band.His first album, Garden of Love Light
, was released in 1976 and included the track "Delightful", song from Tommy Bolin Band setlist. The lone single released from the album, it charted at #81 on the R&B charts in the spring of 1977.1976 also saw him feature prominently on the album Vimana
by Italian Progressive rock band Nova, on which he is both the main drummer to the band, and composed one of the tracks.His 1979 album Awakening
peaked at #15 on the R&B charts, spawning a Top 10 hit with "I Don't Want Nobody Else (To Dance with You)". Later that year, his album The Dance of Life
yielded the Top 5 single "I Shoulda Loved Ya", which also made the UK Top 10 in 1980. "Gimme Gimme Gimme", his 1985 duet with Patti Austin, reached #1 in Sweden. In 1988, he scored another UK top 10 hit and a #1 US Dance hit, with "Divine Emotions" under the name Narada
Number-one hits have included several collaborations
- Whitney Houston
- "How Will I Know"
- "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)"
- "So Emotional"
- "Where Do Broken Hearts Go"
- "All the Man That I Need"
- Sister Sledge
- Mariah Carey
- "I Don't Wanna Cry
- Aretha Franklin
- Aretha Franklin & George Michael
- "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (duet)
- Diana Ross
- Jermaine Stewart
- "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off"
- Regina Belle
- "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now"
- Lisa Fischer
- "How Can I Ease the Pain"
- Tevin Campbell
- "Tell Me What You Want Me to Do"
- Al Jarreau
- June Pointer
- The Pointer Sisters
He has contributed to a diverse range of musical genres including rock, jazz, pop, R&B and fusion.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." He was also named as one of the "Top Ten Producers With the Most Number One Hits" by Billboard magazine.