Michael Blakey (born 1958) is a British record producer, composer, musician, arranger, songwriter and artist manager.
Blakey has either produced musical tracks or worked as a musician for a number of notable artists and performers, including: Engelbert Humperdinck, Luther Vandross, Gloria Gaynor, Tears for Fears, Dire Straits, Coolio, Akwid, Mary J. Blige, No Doubt, 2Pac, Eminem, Brian McKnight, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Bob Carlisle, and Michelle Wright.
He was also the drummer and composer for the 1990s rock band Tidal Force. As a producer, Blakey earned several gold and platinum records.
Early life and music career
Blakey was born on 8 December 1958 in London, England.
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 others. Shortly after, Blakey produced singles and LPs for various European musical acts, including multi-platinum selling artist Engelbert Humperdinck and the progressive rock band Phlox.
Later music career
Blakey worked as a session recording drummer, composer and producer in the U.S. and U.K. throughout the 1980s and 1990s. 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 Through.
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, named Brooke Allison, discovered on the internet. Due to this success, 2KSounds entered into a joint venture partnership with Virgin Records and Blakey became president of the Record Division.
Music production and management career
Blakey acted as chief of A&R for Atico Records from 1991 to 1994 in New York. He founded three other music production and promotional companies, including Platinum Records, between 1994 and 2000 in New York and Los Angeles.
Blakey produced several feature motion picture soundtracks, including the original musical soundtrack for Disney's Cinderella II: Dreams Come True, Jackass: The Movie and Shaft.
In early 2009, Blakey teamed up with Grammy Award-nominated comedian Ron White (The Call MeTater Salad, Blue Collar Comedy Tour) to form Organica Music 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 Harris.
In 2009, Blakey formed Electra Star Management, based in West Hollywood, California. The company roster of talent includes: Academy Award-winning writer, actor and musician Billy Bob Thornton; actress Pamela Anderson (NBC's Baywatch); ten times Grand Slam winning tennis player Jimmy Connors, touring comedian Ron White and Golden Globe Award nominated American actress, writer and comedian Brett Butler, famed for playing Grace Kelly on ABC's award winning TV Show Grace Under Fire and currently starring on FX Networks' Anger Management (TV series).
|2016||Christine Saadé||Get Together||Producer|
|2016||Ashley J||Dare Ya||Producer|
|2014||Ashley J||One And One||Producer|
|2012||Ron White||A Little Unprofessional||Producer, Executive Producer|
|Ron White||Ron White's Comedy Salute To The Troops||Producer|
|2011||Ron White||Ron White's Comedy Salute To The Troops||Producer, Executive Producer|
|2010||Margo Rey||Get Back||Producer|
|2007||John Arthur Martinez||Rodeo Night||Vocals (Background)|
|2004||John Arthur Martinez||Lone Starry Night||Composer|
|2003||Craig Chambers||Goin to Town||Composer|
|2002||Akwid||2002 A.D.||Executive Director|
|Emackillent||Blackened Fish||Executive Producer, Mixer|
|John Greenberg||Buffalo Nickels||Composer|
|Various Artists||"Disney's Princess Favorites"||Vocal Producer|
|Various Artists||Disney's Superstar Hits||Producer|
|2001||Brooke Allison||Brooke Allison||Arranger, Composer, Drums, Mixer, Producer, Programmer, Writer|
|Brooke Allison||The Kiss-Off (Goodbye)||Producer, Mixer|
|Gary P. Nunn||Greatest Hits, Vol. 2||Composer|
|John Arthur Martinez||Stand Your Ground||Composer|
|2000||Floormovers||Floormovers||Executive Director, Producer|
|Larry Joe Taylor||Heart of the Matter||Composer|
|Gary P. Nunn||It's a Texas Thing||Composer|
|Various Artists||Life Under the Street Lamp||Executive Director|
|Katora||Sista Sista||Executive Director|
|1999||Patsy Cline||Duets, Vol. 1||Arranger, Mixer, Producer, Vocal Producer|
|Crystal Gayle||Greatest Hits [Private I]||Vocal Producer|
|Beth Nielsen Chapman||If I Could Only Stay Asleep||Vocal Producer|
|Waylon Jennings||Just Out of Reach||Producer|
|Michelle Wright||Michelle Wright Collection||Producer|
|Engelbert Humperdinck||Quando Quando Quando, Vol. 1||Producer|
|Bob Carlisle||That Wonderful Someone||Producer|
|John Berry (singer)||There He Goes||Producer|
|Glen Campbell||Too Many Secrets||Vocal Producer|
|Elk||King of the Sky||Production Assistant|
|Willie Nelson||Life's Railway to Heaven||Producer|
|Engelbert Humperdinck||Release Me [Single]||Producer|
|John Arthur Martinez||Spinning Our Wheels||Composer|
|Engelbert Humperdinck||The Dance Album||Producer|
|Various Artists||The Very Best of British Dance Bands||Drums|
|1995||Gloria Gaynor||I'll Be There||Drums|
|Craig Chambers||Where the Pavement Ends||Composer|
|1994||Flaco Jiménez||Flaco Jiménez||Composer|
|Alldaron West||Safe Place to Fall||Producer|
|Tidal Force||Will to Power||Performer, Producer|
|1990||Various Artists||Knebworth: The Album||Drums|
|1988||The Bambi Slam||Bambi Slam||Vocal Producer|
|1971||Christie (band)||Yellow River (song)||Drums|
Blakey has been involved with numerous film and television projects, most notably the CMT Networks' Ron White's Comedy Salute to the Troops series which is now in its seventh year. 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, Nevada.
Blakey also produced Ron White's special "A Little Unprofessional" which has been certified Platinum (DVD) by the RIAA, debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts in June 2013 (CD) and also nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Comedy Album for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.
"Duets" music technology
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 format.
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 K. 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."
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 U.K. Ltd. for "under £3 million." It was sold to the Chrysler Corporation less than two years later.
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 2007.
Awards and Nominations
Blakey won the Melody Maker Producer of the Year award in 1993 and was named promotion Man of the Year by Music Beat in 1995.
|Article Title:||Michael Blakey: English record producer - Biography and Life|
|Author(s):||PeoplePill.com Editorial Staff|
|Publish Date:||17 Dec 2016|
|Last Update Date:||10 Dec 2019|
|Date Accessed:||14 Aug 2020|