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Michael Blakey (music producer)

Michael Blakey born 8 December 1958, London, England is a record producer, promoter, composer, musician, arranger, songwriter and artist manager Blakey has either produced, promoted or worked as a musician for a number of notable artists and performers, including: Engelbert Humperdinck, Luther Vandross, Gloria Gaynor, Tears for Fears, Ron White, Coolio, Akwid, Mary J Blige, No Doubt, 2Pac, Glen Campbell, Brian McKnight, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Bob Carlisle, and Michelle Wright1 He was also the drummer and composer for the 1990s rock band Tidal Force2 As both producer and promoter, Blakey earned several gold and platinum records34

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  • 1 Early life and music career
  • 2 Later music career
  • 3 Music production and management career
  • 4 Discography
  • 5 Filmography
  • 6 "Duets" music technology
  • 7 Professional interests
  • 8 Awards and nominations
  • 9 References

Early life and music careeredit

In 1978, while just 19 years of age, Blakey became resident producer at Hansa Studios in Berlin, Germany - working with such artists as Boney M, Udo Lindenberg, Julio Iglesias and others5 Shortly after, Blakey produced singles and LPs for various European musical acts, including multi-platinum selling artist Engelbert Humperdinck6 and the progressive rock band Phlox78

Later music careeredit

Blakey worked as a session recording drummer, composer and producer in the US and UK throughout the 1980s and 1990s6 In 1993, Blakey became a drummer and composer for the European rock band Tidal Force, which released the LP Will To Power on Atico Records in 1994 Tidal Force was known for their singles Will to Power and A Man Rides Through910

In 1999, Blakey together with two partners, John Guidon and Bruce Gladstone founded a record label called 2KSounds This was one of the first record companies to scout for as well as promote music on the internet 2KSounds had great success with one of these artists found on the internet named Brooke Allison Due to this success, 2KSounds entered into a joint venture partnership with Virgin Records and Blakey became president of the Record Division111213

Music production and management careeredit

Ron White and Michael Blakey walking on the Avenue of the Stars in New York City before Ron White's show at the Radio City Music Hall

Blakey acted as chief of A&R for Atico Records from 1991 to 1994 in New York14 He founded three other music production and promotional companies, including Platinum Records, between 1994 and 2000 in New York and Los Angeles15

Blakey produced several feature motion picture soundtracks, including the original musical soundtrack for Disney's Cinderella II: Dreams Come True16

In early 2009, Blakey teamed up with comedian Ron White to form Organica Media Group, the media of which was distributed by Universal Music Group OMG also produces feature motion pictures and television content and has worked with musical artists such as Margo Rey, Gladys Knight, and Playboy model Crystal Harris17181920

In 2009, Blakey formed Electra Star Management, based in West Hollywood, California The company roster of talent includes: Billy Bob Thornton; Pamela Anderson; Jimmy Connors,21 touring comedian Ron White4 and Brett Butler22


Blakey's discography is listed below:2324

Year Artist Album Credit
2016 Christine Saadé Get Together Producer25
2016 Ashley J Dare Ya Producer26
2014 Ashley J One And One Producer27
2012 Ron White A Little Unprofessional Producer, Executive Producer28
Ron White Ron White's Comedy Salute To The Troops Producer29
2011 Ron White Ron White's Comedy Salute To The Troops Producer, Executive Producer30
2010 Margo Rey Get Back Producer31
Margo Rey Habit Producer32
2007 John Arthur Martinez Rodeo Night Vocals Background33
2004 John Arthur Martinez Lone Starry Night Composer34
2003 Craig Chambers Goin to Town Composer35
2002 Akwid 2002 AD Executive Director36
Emackillent Blackened Fish Executive Producer, Mixer37
John Greenberg Buffalo Nickels Composer38
Various Artists "Disney's Princess Favorites" Vocal Producer39
Various Artists Disney's Superstar Hits Producer40
Killingbird Killingbird" Executive Director41
Maddwest Maddwest Producer42
2001 Brooke Allison Brooke Allison Arranger, Composer, Drums, Mixer, Producer, Programmer, Writer43
Brooke Allison The Kiss-Off Goodbye Producer, Mixer2444
Gary P Nunn Greatest Hits, Vol 2 Composer45
John Arthur Martinez Stand Your Ground Composer46
2000 Floormovers Floormovers Executive Director, Producer47
Larry Joe Taylor Heart of the Matter Composer48
Gary P Nunn It's a Texas Thing Composer49
Various Artists Life Under the Street Lamp Executive Director50
Katora Sista Sista Executive Director51
1999 Patsy Cline Duets, Vol 1 Arranger, Mixer, Producer, Vocal Producer52
Crystal Gayle Greatest Hits Private I Vocal Producer53
Beth Nielsen Chapman If I Could Only Stay Asleep Vocal Producer54
Waylon Jennings Just Out of Reach Producer55
Michelle Wright Michelle Wright Collection Producer56
Engelbert Humperdinck Quando Quando Quando, Vol 1 Producer57
Bob Carlisle That Wonderful Someone Producer58
John Berry singer There He Goes Producer59
Glen Campbell Too Many Secrets Vocal Producer60
1998 Blake McShane Dreaming Producer61
Elk King of the Sky Production Assistant62
Willie Nelson Life's Railway to Heaven Producer63
Engelbert Humperdinck Release Me Single Producer64
John Arthur Martinez Spinning Our Wheels Composer65
Engelbert Humperdinck The Dance Album Producer66
Messiah The Rock Producer67
Various Artists The Very Best of British Dance Bands Drums68
1995 Gloria Gaynor I'll Be There Drums69
Craig Chambers Where the Pavement Ends Composer70
1994 Flaco Jiménez Flaco Jiménez Composer71
Alldaron West Safe Place to Fall Producer72
Tidal Force Will to Power Performer, Producer73
1990 Various Artists Knebworth: The Album Drums74
1988 The Bambi Slam Bambi Slam Vocal Producer75
1971 Christie band Yellow River song Drums76
1970 Christie band Christie Drums77


Ron White, "A Little Unprofessional", DVD

Blakey has been involved with numerous film and television projects,78 most notably the CMT Networks' Ron White's Comedy Salute to the Troops series79 which is now in its seventh year8081 He has been the executive producer for all televised performances – Ron White's Comedy Salute To The Troops 2011 and 2012 filmed at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, and the 2013, 2014 and 2015 tapings at The Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada828384 Blakey also produced Ron White's special "A Little Unprofessional"85 which has been certified Platinum DVD by the RIAA,86 debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts in June 2013 CD87 and also nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Comedy Album for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards88

"Duets" music technologyedit

During his time at Platinum Records, Blakey worked with scientists to develop the primary technology for Forensic Frequency Separation Software FFSS allows sound engineers to extract a specific vocal segment from a mono track by lifting the individual frequencies within the vocal and keeping it intact Once extracted, the vocal track can be treated as a conventional vocal recording and placed onto a separate track in a contemporary high-definition recording format89 This innovation drove the creation of the Blakey-produced 1996 Patsy Cline Duet album by enabling contemporary vocalists to sing along with the original artist While such critically acclaimed artists as Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson recorded new duets on the album, noted music historian and author of the book Century of Country Robert Oermann, reported that he was "not enthused by" the recordings, and would rather just "listen to Patsy She doesn’t need anybody with her" Blakey countered, "Anybody who says this is the wrong thing to do, well, I don't think they're a true music lover"90

Professional interestsedit

In September 1987, according to The Motor magazine, Blakey and three key British investors, John Bogg, David Osbourne and importer Colin Hayes, purchased luxury automotive company Maserati UK Ltd for "under £3 million" It was sold to the Chrysler Corporation less than two years later9192

In 2006, Blakey became co-owner responsible for "fleet growth" of Pylon International Inc, a private jet charter and service management company based in Van Nuys, California Pylon was later acquired by IJM Holdings Corporation in August 200793

Awards and nominationsedit

Blakey won the Melody Maker Producer of the Year award in 199394 and was named promotion Man of the Year by Music Beat in 199595


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  12. ^ "Brooke Allison Joins Virgin Records" GigCitycom Retrieved 2013-05-22 
  13. ^ "Web Gives Exposure To Unsigned Acts" latimescom Retrieved 2013-05-22 
  14. ^ "CD Reviews", Music Connection Magazine, 21 May 1994
  15. ^ "Margo Rey's Inspiration for Dance Hit 'Let the Rain'" – AM FM Magazine
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  19. ^ "The World of Playboy", Playboy Magazine, October, 2010, p 11
  20. ^ Ilya 2010-06-01 "Ron White Starts Own Record Label & Set To Star In Sitcom On USA" The Laugh Button Retrieved 2012-09-03 
  21. ^ "Tennis Icon Jimmy Connors Signs With APA Exclusive" HollywoodReportercom Retrieved 2013-05-16 
  22. ^ "Our Clients" ElectraStarMgmtcom Retrieved 2014-01-17 
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  25. ^ "The Canadian Artist, Singer and Songwriter Christine Saadé HYSC Releases a Brand New Single in Collaboration with the Amazing Twisted Dee" Miles High Productions Retrieved 2016-11-21 
  26. ^ "Ashley J Dare Ya Release" ElectraStarMgmtcom Retrieved 2016-09-09 
  27. ^ "Ashley J's New Record Tops The Charts" ElectraStarMgmtcom Retrieved 2015-04-27 
  28. ^ "Ron White - A Little Unprofessional CD" Discogscom Retrieved 2013-06-07 
  29. ^ "Ron White's Comedy Salute To The Troops 2012" IMDbcom Retrieved 2015-04-27 
  30. ^ "Ron White's Comedy Salute To The Troops 2011" IMDbcom Retrieved 2015-04-27 
  31. ^ "Margo Rey - Get Back" Discogscom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  32. ^ "Margo Rey - Habit" Discogscom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  33. ^ "John Arthur Martinez - Rodeo Night" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  34. ^ "John Arthur Martinez - Lone Starry Night" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  35. ^ "Craig Chambers - Goin to Town" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  36. ^ "Akwid - 2002 AD" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  37. ^ "Emackillent - Blackended Fish" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  38. ^ "John Greenberg - Buffalo Nickels" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  39. ^ "Disney's Princess Favorites" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  40. ^ "Disney's Superstar Hits" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  41. ^ "Killingbird" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  42. ^ "Maddwest" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  43. ^ "Brooke Allison" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  44. ^ "Brooke Allison - The Kiss-Off Goodbye" Discogscom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  45. ^ "Greatest Hits, Vol 2" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  46. ^ "John Arthur Martinez - Stand Your Ground" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  47. ^ "Floormovers" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  48. ^ "Larry Joe Taylor - Heart of the Matter" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  49. ^ "Gary P Nunn - It's a Texas Thing" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  50. ^ "Life Under the Street Lamp" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  51. ^ "Katora - Sista Sista" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  52. ^ "Patsy Cline - Duets, Vol 1" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  53. ^ "Crystal Gayle - Greatest Hits Private I" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  54. ^ "Beth Nielsen Chapman - If I could Only Stay Asleep" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  55. ^ "Waylon Jennings - Just Out of Reach" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  56. ^ "Michelle Wright - Michelle Wright Collection" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  57. ^ "Engelbert Humperdinck - Quando Quando Quando, Vol 1" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  58. ^ "Bob Carlisle - That Wonderful Someone" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  59. ^ "John Berry - There He Goes" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  60. ^ "Glen Campbell - Too Many Secrets" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  61. ^ "Blake McShane - Dreaming" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  62. ^ "Elk - King of the Sky" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  63. ^ "Willie Nelson - Life's Raioway to Heaven" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  64. ^ "Engelbert Humperdinck - Release Me" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  65. ^ "John Arthur Martinez - Spinning Our Wheels" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  66. ^ "Engelbert Humperdinck - The Dance Album" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  67. ^ "Messiah - The Rock" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  68. ^ "The Very Best of British Dance Bands" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  69. ^ "Gloria Gaynor - I'll Be There" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  70. ^ "Craig Chambers - Where the Pavement Ends" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  71. ^ "Flaco Jimenez - Flaco Jimenez" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  72. ^ "Alldaron West - Safe Place to Fall" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  73. ^ "Tidal Force - Will to Power" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  74. ^ "Knebworth: The Album" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  75. ^ "Bambi Slam" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
  76. ^ "Christie - Yellow River" allmusiccom Retrieved 2013-06-06 
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  81. ^ "Full cast and crew for Ron White's Vegas Salute to the Troops 2013 TV" IMDbcom Retrieved 2013-06-07 
  82. ^ "Michael Blakey IMDb Credits" IMDbcom Retrieved 2015-04-27 
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  84. ^ "Salute To The Troops 2011 Full Credits" IMDbcom Retrieved 2015-04-27 
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  95. ^ "Best of '95", Music Beat Magazine, January 1996, p 43

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