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Michael Omartian
Michael (*1945 in Evanston, IL) is a singer-songwriter, arranger, keyboardist, and music producer. He was a founding member of the 1970s disco-funk band Rhythm Heritage, and he also played as a session musician for artists including Koinonia, Steely Dan, The Four Tops, Johnny Rivers, Seals and Crofts, Al Jarreau, and Loggins & Messina. Michael has recorded a number of highly polished contemporary Christian music albums under his own name. In 1980, thanks to the Christopher Cross debut album, Omartian was nominated for ten Grammy Awards, winning three, including Producer of the Year.
In 2003, Omartian scored an audio book rendition of the biblical gospels, called Gospels Come to Life. The audio Bible was read by fellow CCM writer/musician Michael W. Smith, based on musical ideas by Smith. Michael is the first producer in recording history to have number-one records in three separate decades-the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. He has been nominated for Producer of the Year three times, in 1980, 1984, and 1986. In 1991 he was nominated for Album of the Year for Heart in Motion by Amy Grant. In 1995 he was nominated for Country Song of the Year for "When Love Finds You," with Vince Gill, and for Gospel Album of the Year for The Light Inside, with Gary Chapman. In 1994 Omartian produced One Voice, an album for the Summer Olympic Games.
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Very Rare
WB 2XS 6483
released 1973
recorded in Hollywood, CA/USA
T-Bone Walker, guitar, vocals
Joe Farrell, tenor sax, flute
David "Fathead" Newman, tenor sax
Frank Vicari, tenor sax, flute
Gerry Mulligan, baritone sax
Seldon Powell, baritone sax, flute
Al Cohn, sax
Zoot Sims, sax
Garnett Brown, trombone
Paul Faulise, trombone
Michael Gibson, trombone
Tony Studd, trombone
Jon Faddis, trumpet
Dizzy Gillespie, trumpet
Marvin Stamm, trumpet, flugelhorn
Danny Stiles, trumpet, flugelhorn
Herbie Mann, alto flute
Richard Bennett, guitar
Louie Shelton, guitar
Ben Benay, banjo, guitar, harmonica
Larry Carlton, guitar
Dean Parks, guitar
David T. Walker, guitar
John Tropea, guitar, sitar
Charles Brown, organ, piano
Mike Stoller, piano
Michael Omartian, organ
Warren Bernhardt, clavinet
James Booker, keyboards, piano
Jerry Lacroix, harmonica
string section
Max Bennett, bass
Wilton Felder, bass
Joe Osborn, bass
Jim Gordon, drums
Paul Humphrey, drums
King Errisson, congas, tambourine
The Sweet Inspirations, vocals
His California Album
Dunhill Records DSX-50163
recorded in Los Angeles, CA/USA
released 1974
Bobby Blue, vocals
Ben Benay, guitar
David Cohen, guitar
Dean Parks, guitar
Larry Carlton, guitar
Mel Brown, guitar
Chuck Findley, horns
Dick Hyde, horns
Ernie Watts, horns
Jack Kelson jr, horns
Paul Hubinon, horns
The Sid Sharp Strings
Michael Omartian, piano, organ
Ed Greene, drums
Dunhill Records DSX-50169
recorded in Los Angeles, CA/USA
released 1974
Bobby Bland, vocals
Ernie Watts, horns
Jim Horn, horns
John Kelson, horns
Lew McCreary, horns
Paul Hubinon, horns
Peter Christlieb, horns
Tony Terran, horns
Ben Benay, guitar
Dean Parks, guitar
Larry Carlton, guitar
Michael Omartian, piano, organ, clavinet. synthesizer
The Sid Sharp Strings
Wilton Felder, bass
Ed Greene, drums
White Horse
Dunhill Records DSX-50185
released 1974
Michael Omartian, keyboards, percussion, vocals
Jackie Kelso, sax
Don Menza, sax
Paul Hubinon, horn, trumpet
Dean Parks, flute, guitar
Larry Carlton, guitar, bass
Jesse Ehrlich, cello
Sid Sharp, strings
Wilton Felder, bass
David Hungate, bass
David Kemper, drums
Ed Greene, drums
King Errisson, congas, percussion
Pat Henderson, vocals
Stormie Omartian, vocals
Ann White, vocals
Carolyn Willis, vocals

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