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The Producer
The Producer's Room Episode #14 - Michael Omartian (Part 1 of 2)
Published: 2016/07/22
Channel: Producer's Room with Dave Tough
Michael & Stormie Omartian – Big Time
Michael & Stormie Omartian – Big Time
Published: 2016/05/04
Channel: Donald Gordon Jr
Michael Omartian - Faithful Forever
Michael Omartian - Faithful Forever
Published: 2011/02/06
Channel: BestOf90sCCM
Telos Suite 1 & 2   Prelude, Alive and Well
Telos Suite 1 & 2 Prelude, Alive and Well
Published: 2014/05/09
Channel: Debbie Fredrickson
Michael & Stormie Omartian – The Builder
Michael & Stormie Omartian – The Builder
Published: 2016/05/04
Channel: Donald Gordon Jr
Studio Archives - July, 1990 - Porcaro, Lukather, Omartian
Studio Archives - July, 1990 - Porcaro, Lukather, Omartian
Published: 2010/08/31
Channel: Terry Christian
Michael Omartian makes Announcement!
Michael Omartian makes Announcement!
Published: 2012/08/29
Channel: lane1959
Michael Omartian - Ain
Michael Omartian - Ain't You Glad
Published: 2015/02/07
Channel: thatMimosaGrove
Michael Omartian - Last Night On Earth (Hi Tech/Aor)
Michael Omartian - Last Night On Earth (Hi Tech/Aor)
Published: 2016/03/04
Channel: MeveRock OliSand
Where I
Where I've Been - Michael & Stormie Omartian
Published: 2015/01/02
Channel: beagleboy57
Michael and Stormie Omartian -  Dr. Jesus
Michael and Stormie Omartian - Dr. Jesus
Published: 2011/01/20
Channel: oldschoolchristian
Michael Omartian
Michael Omartian
Published: 2013/02/27
Channel: Nathan DiGesare
"We Are Not Alone" Exclusive Performance by Micah Peacock and Michael Omartian
"We Are Not Alone" Exclusive Performance by Micah Peacock and Michael Omartian
Published: 2014/09/01
Channel: NewReleaseToday
Michael Omartian - Alive and Well
Michael Omartian - Alive and Well
Published: 2016/04/02
Channel: Donald Gordon Jr
Michael Omartian "Heartbreak city"
Michael Omartian "Heartbreak city"
Published: 2016/08/19
Channel: streetsof85
Michael Omartian - My Cherie Amour
Michael Omartian - My Cherie Amour
Published: 2011/06/13
Channel: Julio Ferreira
The Producer
The Producer's Room Episode #14 - Michael Omartian (Part 2 of 2)
Published: 2016/07/22
Channel: Producer's Room with Dave Tough
Michael Omartian - White Horse - 01 Jeremiah
Michael Omartian - White Horse - 01 Jeremiah
Published: 2011/04/28
Channel: greatscott505
Michael Omartian - Fat City
Michael Omartian - Fat City
Published: 2015/01/12
Channel: thatMimosaGrove
Michael Omartian
Michael Omartian ''Jeremiah'' 1974
Published: 2012/07/17
Channel: Boricuacop60
Gary Chapman & Michael Omartian  - You are my light ( Drum play...
Gary Chapman & Michael Omartian - You are my light ( Drum play...
Published: 2013/11/19
Channel: jr2y9znm5*
Seasons of the Soul - Michael and Stormie Omartian
Seasons of the Soul - Michael and Stormie Omartian
Published: 2012/04/21
Channel: Searchlightbooks
Michael Omartian - Silver Fish
Michael Omartian - Silver Fish
Published: 2015/01/18
Channel: thatMimosaGrove
Morning Light - Michael Omartian
Morning Light - Michael Omartian
Published: 2011/02/06
Channel: BestOf90sCCM
Michael & Stormie Omartian – Dr  Jesus
Michael & Stormie Omartian – Dr Jesus
Published: 2016/05/04
Channel: Donald Gordon Jr
Michael Omartian - Take Me Down
Michael Omartian - Take Me Down
Published: 2015/01/18
Channel: thatMimosaGrove
"Here He Comes" - Adam Again - 1976 - Michael & Stormie Omartian
"Here He Comes" - Adam Again - 1976 - Michael & Stormie Omartian
Published: 2013/03/12
Channel: Stormie Omartian Official
Concerning Hobbits- Michael Omartian
Concerning Hobbits- Michael Omartian
Published: 2013/11/04
Channel: asgwe fgaerga
Michael and Stormie Omartian - Heaven Will Wait For Me
Michael and Stormie Omartian - Heaven Will Wait For Me
Published: 2013/03/19
Channel: Searchlightbooks
Michael Omartian - White Horse - 09  White Horse
Michael Omartian - White Horse - 09 White Horse
Published: 2011/04/28
Channel: greatscott505
Michael Omartian - Adam Again
Michael Omartian - Adam Again
Published: 2016/04/02
Channel: Donald Gordon Jr
Michael & Stormie Omartian - Big Time
Michael & Stormie Omartian - Big Time
Published: 2014/10/01
Channel: ChristianHardToFind
"Jeremiah" - White Horse - 1974 - Michael Omartian
"Jeremiah" - White Horse - 1974 - Michael Omartian
Published: 2013/02/19
Channel: Stormie Omartian Official
Michael Omartian, Music Composer of HERO
Michael Omartian, Music Composer of HERO
Published: 2014/08/04
Channel: HERO Movie Official Channel
Michael Omartian ♪ Adam Again
Michael Omartian ♪ Adam Again
Published: 2011/09/30
Channel: ohanakamakame
8. Adam Again - Michael Omartian - Adam Again (1977)
8. Adam Again - Michael Omartian - Adam Again (1977)
Published: 2017/06/20
Channel: Rocksolid87
Ms. Past - Michael & Stormie Omartian
Ms. Past - Michael & Stormie Omartian
Published: 2015/01/02
Channel: beagleboy57
Michael & Stormie Omartian – Half Past Three
Michael & Stormie Omartian – Half Past Three
Published: 2016/05/04
Channel: Donald Gordon Jr
Michael Omartian - Annie The Poet
Michael Omartian - Annie The Poet
Published: 2016/04/03
Channel: Donald Gordon Jr
Mainstream
Mainstream
Published: 2015/07/11
Channel: Stormie Omartian - Topic
Michael Omartian - See This House
Michael Omartian - See This House
Published: 2016/04/03
Channel: Donald Gordon Jr
Michael Omartian - Add Up The Wonders
Michael Omartian - Add Up The Wonders
Published: 2015/01/18
Channel: thatMimosaGrove
Michael Omartian - White Horse - 02 Fat City
Michael Omartian - White Horse - 02 Fat City
Published: 2011/04/28
Channel: greatscott505
Michael Omartian - Kingdom
Michael Omartian - Kingdom
Published: 2016/04/28
Channel: Alexander Kemmler
Michael Omartian - Take Me Down
Michael Omartian - Take Me Down
Published: 2015/01/20
Channel: thatMimosaGrove
Michael And Stormie Omartian - Gonna Write Me a Song
Michael And Stormie Omartian - Gonna Write Me a Song
Published: 2011/10/16
Channel: FavoriteJesusMusic
Michael & Stormie Omartian – End Times (The Signs Are Clear)
Michael & Stormie Omartian – End Times (The Signs Are Clear)
Published: 2016/05/04
Channel: Donald Gordon Jr
Michael Omartian - No Matter What Shape You
Michael Omartian - No Matter What Shape You're In
Published: 2016/04/03
Channel: Donald Gordon Jr
Michael Omartian -  Kingdoms [CCM Hi Tech Lite AOR]
Michael Omartian - Kingdoms [CCM Hi Tech Lite AOR]
Published: 2010/06/17
Channel: PermissionDenied
Michael Omartian -  Russ Taff
Michael Omartian - Russ Taff
Published: 2016/08/26
Channel: Musica cristiana del recuerdo
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Michael Omartian
Born (1945-11-26) November 26, 1945 (age 71)
Origin Evanston, Illinois, U.S.
Genres Contemporary Christian, pop, rock, R&B
Occupation(s) Composer, musician, record producer
Instruments Piano, organ, synthesizers
Years active 1970–present
Associated acts Steely Dan, Rhythm Heritage, Stormie Omartian, 2nd Chapter of Acts
Website michaelomartian.com

Michael Omartian (born November 26, 1945) is an American singer-songwriter, keyboardist, and music producer. He has been a participant in numerous albums, during a career that has spanned over 38 years. As a producer, he has had No. 1 records in three consecutive decades. He is a multiple Grammy Award winner, including for Keyboardist of the Year and Producer of the Year. He spent five years on the A&R staff of ABC/Dunhill Records, as a producer, artist and arranger. He was subsequently hired by Warner Bros. Records as a producer and A&R staff member. Omartian moved from Los Angeles to Nashville in 1993, where he served on the Board of Governors of the Recording Academy and has helped to shape the curriculum for the first Master’s Degree program in the field of Music Business at Belmont University.

Omartian has produced albums for several artists including Clint Black, Michael Bolton, Dolly Parton, Debby Boone, Steve Camp, Peter Cetera, Christopher Cross, Joe "Bean" Esposito, Amy Grant, Benny Hester, Whitney Houston, The Imperials, The Jacksons, Cliff Richard, Rod Stewart, Donna Summer, Wayne Watson and Trisha Yearwood.

Life and career[edit]

Omartian was born in Evanston, Illinois. He is of Armenian descent.[1]

In the late 1960s, Omartian helped launch Campus Crusade for Christ's new music outreach group, 'The New Folk'. In that capacity he arranged much of the music and assisted in training the singers. He was also 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.[2][3][4]

Omartian has recorded a number of highly polished contemporary Christian music albums under his own name, including White Horse, Mainstream, Adam Again, Conversations (an instrumental album). Virtually all of his solo albums are now out-of-print. Omartian produced several Christian albums, most notably for The Imperials on the award-winning albums Priority (1980) and One More Song for You (1979).

In 1980, thanks to the Christopher Cross debut album, Omartian was nominated for ten Grammy Awards, winning three, including Producer of the Year.[5]

In 1985, Omartian was arranger and keyboard player for the No. 1 hit "We Are the World" by a supergroup of popular musicians billed as USA for Africa.[6]

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. The Spanish version of this audio Bible was narrated by CCM artist, Jaci Velasquez.

Toward the end of 2006 he contributed to an album with Annie Herring (of 2nd Chapter of Acts) called One on One, he plays piano as the solo instrument throughout with Herring providing vocals.[7] One on One was his second collaboration with Herring; the first being the 1983 album Together Live, a collaborative, in-concert effort with Herring's family trio, 2nd Chapter of Acts, and Omartian's wife, Stormie. The live double-LP album was recorded in 1982 at The Church on the Way in Van Nuys, California. The album was also released on in video format.[8]

Omartian is the first producer in recording history to have number one records in three separate decades - the seventies, eighties and nineties.[5] In 1980, he was nominated for ten Grammy Awards, three of which he won for his work on Christopher Cross' debut album.[citation needed] He has been nominated for producer of the year three times, in 1981, 1985 and 1987.[citation needed] In 1991 he was nominated for album of the year for Heart in Motion by Amy Grant.[citation needed] In 1995 he was nominated for country song of the year, "When Love Finds You", with Vince Gill, and for Gospel Album of the Year, The Light Inside, with Gary Chapman.[citation needed] In 1994 Omartian produced One Voice, an album for the Summer Olympic Games.[citation needed] His song entitled "Atlanta Reel" was used as the theme for the swimming events.[9]

Discography[edit]

Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards

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

GMA Dove Awards

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kaufman, Gil (April 22, 2009). "Kris Allen's 'She Works Hard For The Money': The Story Behind The Cover - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV.com. Retrieved July 22, 2012. 
  2. ^ Artist Biography by Jason Ankeny (1945-11-26). "Michael Omartian | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-01-21. 
  3. ^ "53. Adam Again – Michael Omartian | CCM's 500 Best Albums Of All Time". Ccms500bestalbums.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2014-01-21. 
  4. ^ "Michael Omartian". Ccmclassic.com. 1945-11-26. Retrieved 2014-01-21. 
  5. ^ a b "Michael Omartian | Yamaha Artists". Yamaha.com. 1945-11-26. Retrieved 2014-01-21. 
  6. ^ "Performers From USA For Africa's "We Are The World"". In The 80s. Retrieved 2014-01-21. 
  7. ^ Herring, Buck. "One on One (Annie's newest release 2006)". Retrieved June 4, 2010. 
  8. ^ "2nd Chapter Of Acts And Michael And Stormie Omartian - Together Live". Discogs]. Retrieved June 4, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Michael Omartian | Yamaha Artists". Yamaha.com. 1945-11-26. Retrieved 2015-11-01. 
  10. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Biography: Michael Omartian". Allmusic. Retrieved June 2, 2010. 

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