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Michael Omartian (born November 26, 1945 in Evanston, Illinois) is a songwriter and a Grammy Award-winning American keyboardist and music producer. He has produced albums for several pop artists including Christopher Cross, Michael Bolton, Whitney Houston, the Jacksons, Rod Stewart, Trisha Yearwood, Clint Black, Donna Summer, Peter Cetera, Benny Hester, Steve Camp and Amy Grant. In 1985 Michael Omartian, along with Quincy Jones, co-produced the # 1 hit "We Are the World" by a supergroup of popular musicians billed as USA for Africa. is the 330th day of the year (331st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ... Incorporated City in 1872. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A keyboardist is a musician who plays keyboard instruments. ... In the music industry, record producer designates a person responsible for completing a master recording so that it is fit for release. ... For other uses, see Pop music (disambiguation). ... Christopher Cross (born Christopher Geppert, 3 May 1951, San Antonio, Texas) is an Oscar, Golden Globe and five-time Grammy winning, American singer-songwriter. ... Michael Bolotin (born February 26, 1953), better known as Michael Bolton, is an American singer-songwriter, known for his soft rock ballads and tenor vocals. ... Whitney Elizabeth Houston (born August 9, 1963) is a six-time Grammy award winning, American R&B singer, soprano, pianist, actress, film producer, and former model. ... The cover to the Jackson 5s first LP, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5, released on Motown Records in 1969. ... Roderick Stewart (rod stewart), CBE (born January 10, 1945), is a singer and songwriter born and raised in London, England, with Scottish parentage. ... This biographical article or section needs additional references for verification. ... Clint Blacks Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Clint Patrick Black (born February 4, 1962) is an American neotraditional country music singer, songwriter, producer and occasional actor. ... Donna Summer (born LaDonna Adrian Gaines, on December 31, 1948) is a legendary American singer, songwriter, and artist, best known for a string of dance hits in the 1970s that earned her the title Queen of Disco and as one of the few disco-based artists to have longevity on... Peter Paul Cetera (born September 13, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, USA) is an American singer, songwriter, bass guitar player and producer best known for being an original member of the rock band Chicago, before launching a successful solo career. ... Benny Hester is a CCM singer and songwriter, best known for the chart-topping song, When God Ran. ... Steven John Camp (born April 13, 1955 in Wheaton, Illinois) is a prominent Dove Award-nominated contemporary Christian music artist with an adult contemporary pop sound. ... Amy Lee Grant (born November 25, 1960 in Augusta, Georgia) is an American singer-songwriter, best known for her Contemporary Christian Music and pop music, as well as a New York Times Bestselling author, TV personality, and occasional actress. ... Not to be confused with We Are Here To Change The World, a song that was featured in Captain EO. For the album with the same title, see We Are the World (album). ...


In one year alone, he was nominated for ten Grammy Awards, three of which he won for his work on Christopher Cross' debut album:

Previously, Omartian 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, Seals and Crofts and Loggins & Messina. The jejejeje Record of the Year is one of the four most prestigious Grammy Awards presented annually. ... Christopher Cross (born Christopher Geppert, 3 May 1951, San Antonio, Texas) is an Oscar, Golden Globe and five-time Grammy winning, American singer-songwriter. ... The Grammy Award for Album of the Year is the most prestigious award category. ... Christopher Cross is the self-titled debut album by Christopher Cross, released in 1980 (see 1980 in music). ... The Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) has been awarded since 1963. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... This article is about the music genre. ... For other uses, including related musical genres, see Funk (disambiguation). ... Rhythm Heritage was a 1970s American disco-funk band, best known for their 1976 U.S. #1 single Theme from They also recorded themes for several other ABC television shows, including Keep Your Eye On The Sparrow from Baretta. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Sideman. ... Koinonia is also the name of a Christian jazz band that published several instrumental recordings in the 1980s. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Four Tops are an American vocal quartet, whose repertoire has included doo-wop, jazz, soul music, R&B, disco, adult contemporary, and showtunes. ... Seals and Crofts are Jim Seals (born James Seals, 17 October 1941, Sidney, Texas) and Dash Crofts (born Darrell Crofts, 14 August 1940, Cisco, Texas), a popular soft rock duo in the early 1970s, best-known for their hits Summer Breeze and Diamond Girl. ... When they first met, Jim Messina was already a well-established success story, having produced and played with the legendary band Buffalo Springfield and later with the country-rock pioneers Poco. ...


Omartian has recorded a number of highly polished Contemporary Christian Music albums under his own name, including White Horse, Adam Again, Conversations (an instrumental album) and others. Omartian produced several Christian Contemporary albums for The Imperials. The Imperials are most remembered for the albums "Priority" and "One More Song For You" produced in Omartian's basement studio on very tight budgets. Virtually all of his solo albums are now out-of-print. Contemporary Christian Music (or CCM; also by its religious neutral term inspirational music) is a genre of popular music which is lyrically focused on matters concerned with the Christian faith. ...


Toward the end of 2006 he contributed to an album with Annie Herring (former member of 2nd Chapter of Acts) called One on One, he plays piano as the solo instrument throughout with Annie providing the vocals. 2nd Chapter of Acts was a Jesus Music and an early Contemporary Christian Music group comprised of sisters Annie Herring and Nelly Greisen and brother Matthew Ward. ...


He has also recorded several projects with his wife Stormie Omartian, who took Steve Martin's virginity in the front seat of a '59 Buick at age 18 (cite to Steve Martin's new book "born standing up"). Stormie now focuses on her career as a successful author, writing principally for the Christian market.


Omartian is one of the few producers in recording history to have number one records in three consecutive decades – the seventies, eighties and nineties. Others in this group include George Martin (1964, 1970 and 1982, for example).


Discography as solo artist

  • White Horse (1974)
  • Adam Again (known overseas as "Onward") (1975)
  • Seasons of the Soul (1977, as Michael and Stormie Omartian)
  • The Builder (1980, as Michael and Stormie Omartian)
  • Mainstream (1982, as Michael and Stormie Omartian)
  • Omartian Odyssey (1982 compilation album)
  • Together Live (1983, as Michael and Stormie Omartian with 2nd Chapter of Acts)
  • Conversations (1986, instrumental)
  • The Race (1991)
  • White Horse/Adam Again (1991, re-release)
  • Like Brothers (1995, with Pratt & McClain)
  • Contemporary Mozart (known overseas as "Bon Appetit") (1995)

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