Richard Gannaway (vocals, stringed instruments)
Richard is the founder and vision behind AO MUSIC, and contributes as composer/producer. You can read excerpts from his books, which explain in detail the insights for what inspires AO MUSIC. Richard travels the globe, expanding the vision of AO and its extraordinary cast of children. He also founded AO Foundation International, which sees to the needs of orphaned children throughout the world.
Miriam Stockley (vocals)
Miriam is a powerful vocal ensemble and contributes as co-composer. She is renowned for her work on the acclaimed Adiemus project ‘Songs of Sanctuary’. Her credits include Tina Turner, George Michaels, and her voice is heard in the soundtrack of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Miriam’s South African upbringing is what she attributes to the incredible youthful spirit of her tracks. Rod Houison (Miriam’s husband) is a renowned sound engineer from the UK, and he records and co-produces all Miriam’s vocal tracks.
Jay Oliver (keyboards, synths, samples)
Jay is one of the most legendary keyboardists in the world today, and as co-composer, he helped Richard develop the original, hybrid sound of AO MUSIC in the mid-nineties. As a teenager, he was the youngest member of Maynard Ferguson’s band. The high calibre of artists that Jay works with on a regular basis tend to keep him in constant demand. Whenever he is in session with AO, we are graced with amazing song input – a maestro in the truest form.
Sandeep Chowta (contributing production)
Sandeep is a brilliant composer/producer based in Mumbai, and is widely known for his Bollywood film scores and hit singles. He has mentored some of India’s top, young talent, and as a executive at Columbia Records India for many years, he brought the world’s best contemporary jazz and fusion artists to that region. Sandeep’s passion and devotion to musical excellence is what makes him such an unstoppable force in India’s current music scene, and his chart-topping album project “Matters of the Heart” is the work of a master songsmith.
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