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Michael Omartian

A perennial classic producer and session musician, our guest really needs no introduction…or at least one paragraph doesn’t do his career justice. We will say that he is the first producer in recording history to have number one records in three separate decades… the 70s, 80s, and 90s. In 1980, he was nominated for 10 Grammy Awards, three of which he won for his work on Christopher Cross’ debut album, Sailing. (Talk about a classic album.) In the 80s he was nominated twice for producer of the year. In 1991 he was nominated for album of the year for Amy Grant’s Heart in Motion and in ’94 he even produced the soundtrack album for the Summer Olympic Games. He’s still in demand as a producer, but is now spending more time discovering new talent. Over his lengthy and successful career, he’s worked with names such as: Bela Fleck, Rod Stewart, Michael Bolton, Whitney Houston, Willie Nelson, Reba, Roberta Flack, Alison Krauss, and a recent Inside MusiCast guest, David Pack. Inside MusiCast welcomes a true classic — Michael Omartian.

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Hi Eddy and Rick,

Just wanted to drop you a line to let you know how much I'm enjoyingInside Musicast. The interviews have been fascinating and you guys have done a great job selecting worthy musicians.As a bassist, I would like to suggest two possible candidates for yourshow - George Porter, Jr. and David Hood. I imagine yourself and Rick areprobably well aware of both of these gentlemen. I'd love to hear aboutGeorge's tenure with the Meters and his session work with variousartists and about David's experience as the house bassist for Muscle ShoalsSound.Thanks and please keep up the great work.

April 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterQuinn Miller
Refreshing interview with Michael. Love the fact that he shares his honest thoughts about today's music. He provides an unfiltered point of view all the while still being appreciative of what "some folks" are doing today (Eminem). We miss people like him in the industry. I found it interesting that he is but another individual who has relocated to Nashville. Great stuff guys - keep up the good work!
May 30, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterTroy
Your right Troy.....the industry does miss guys like him. Thanks for listening to the podcasts! We're working on a good line-up for this next group of interviews. Keep the comments coming.

May 30, 2007 | Unregistered Commentereddy
As a long time fan of Michael Omartian and his work, I'd like to extend great appreciation for your show and interview with him. I don't think he gets near the attention he deserves. Does he have any plans for a solo recording project in the near future? It's been a while since we've heard anything new from him. THANK YOU!
February 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDon Black

What a great interview! It's so refreshing to hear the same things I think about music today, & coming from such a great all round musician is so inspirational. As a Drummer/Composer my favorite Producers/Musicians over the years have been the likes of Jay Graydon, Quincy Jones, Russ Titleman, Arif Mardin & Michael Omartian. Love this interview!

November 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKere Buchanan

'also a long time fan of Omartian....really enjoyed the interview.

November 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKris Sachsenmeier

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