Celebrity producer, music director, composer, musician, arranger, conductor, activist, humanitarian. Michael Bearden’s talents are in demand!
Best known as Music Director for Michael Jackson.
Currently music director for Lady Gaga.
Michael arranged, conducted and co-produced 1/2 of Neil Young's new record 'Storeytone' out Nov. 4, 2014
Recently, Michael co-arranged and performed the National Anthem at the 2014 Breeders Cup on NBC with Richie Sambora and Orianthi.
He also recently conducted and was co MD for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. His 2nd time performing in that capacity for the annual telecast.
Michael was Music Director, Supervisor, Composer and Associate Producer of the film "This Is It" about Michael Jackson's final days.
He has performed and/or recorded with some of popular musics giants: Sting, Carlos Santana, Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie, Chaka Kahn, Patti Austin, James Ingrahm, Patti Labelle, George Benson,Yossou NDour, Boz Scaggs, Lenny Kravitz, Luther Vandross, Issac Hayes, Aaron Neville, Edie Brickell. Also, legends Prince, Nancy Wilson, Queen, Stevie Wonder, Liza Minelli, Elton John, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Sergio Mendes, Richie Sambora, and musical director for many including Madonna, Rod Stewart and the greatest ever, Michael Jackson!
His diverse musical skills have also been sought by newer generation artists including: Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin, Destinys Child, Brandy, India Arie, Fantasia, Ashanti, John Mayer, Faith Evans, Brian McKnight, Mary J. Blige, Da Brat, Mya, Joss Stone, Usher, Ciara, Chrisette Michelle, Keisha Cole, Angie Stone and musical director for Jennifer Lopez , Anastacia, D'Angelo, and Lady Gaga among others.
He has also written, produced, and performed for such notable jazz artists as: Rachelle Ferrell, Herbie Mann, Everette Harp, Will Downing, Nelson Rangell, Marion Meadows, Regina Carter, Noel Pointer, Special EFX, Pieces Of A Dream, Jonathan Butler, Quincy Jones and collaborated on Herbie Hancock's grammy nominated album Possibilities.
An accomplished composer, Michael's feature film scores include Drop Squad produced by Spike Lee (starring Eriq Lasalle and Ving Rhames) and the indie film The Visit directed by Jordan Walker Pearlman (starring Rae Dawn Chong and Billy Dee Williams). Michael scored two debut indie features, April Apocalypse for up and coming filmmakers The Tarnol Broehers, and One Week for director Carl Seaton. He also scored the feature Constellation (starring Gabrielle Union,Leslie Ann Warren and Billy Dee Williams) as well as the feature film/doc America The Beautiful and Sundance film/doc American Blackout. He also scored "This Is It", the film about Michael Jackson's final tour. He used an 80+ piece orchestra at the famed Beatles studio Abbey Road in London.
Michael held the principal pianist/keyboard position on two Cosby television show bands. He was frequently contracted by bandleader Paul Shaffer (Late Show with David Letterman) as the lead substitute for the CBS broadcast. Michael has also performed as a pianist and/or conductor on countless major television specials, talk shows and award shows. Including, co- musical director and conductor for the 64th annual Prime Time Emmy Awards. He also served as principal keyboardist for John Singelton's Four Brothers, Shaft, Baby Boy. Michael has been associate music director and principal keyboardist for the Kennedy Center Honors and Christmas In Washington telecasts for the last 10 years. And served as musical director/producer for Lopez Tonight on TBS nightly. He also musically helmed the 2013 season of the CW network show Oh Sit!
Michael was principal keyboardist on Obama’s inauguration concert at the Lincoln Memorial. And, musical director for the 2013 President's Inaugural Staffers Ball featuring Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett.
Michael served on the Board Of Trustees of The Recording Academy LA Chapter.
He is also a United Nations Global Goodwill Ambassador.