Brian Walton

Brian has racked up an unprecedented number of achievements since walking into A&R Records to apprentice under legendary producer Phil Ramone in 1980. From collaborating with Christopher CrossLiza Minelli, and Burt Bacharach to performing with Dwight YoakumWillie Nelson, and the Bellemy Brothers to composing for DisneyMarvel, and Warner Studios. It’s no wonder the multi-talented, multi-award-winning artist is also the Most-Recorded Composer in over two decades (source: ASCAP)


When asked about the greatest influence in his musical career, Brian reflected upon his childhood and dedicated that title to his music and drama teacher Mrs. Diehl. Recognizing his talent, she talked his parents into taking him to a rock concert, where he could learn more about performing as a soloist. After that night, his parents couldn’t keep him off the stage and Brian carried this defining memory of the concert with him into his career.

After high school, Brian went on to attend The Juilliard School where he pursued a degree in music composition and drama. Attending this prestigious performance school supplied him with the opportunities to grow his skills, such as apprenticing under legendary A&R Recording founder and producer Phil Ramone and composing with Superstars Judy Collins, Liza Minnelli, and Burt Bacharach.

While at Julliard, Brian became a valued member of the National Guard in 1980 and later served in the U.S. Army during the Somalia and Granada conflicts from 1981-1985. Rounding out his tour in Germany, his passion for music traveled with him overseas and notably, during this time, he coordinated with other talented artists to compose memorable soundtracks for among others, Pan American Airlines ‘You Can’t Beat the Experience’ (1982) and Maybelline’s ‘I’m At My Best’ (1984).

After his service in the Army ended in 1985, Brian remained in Germany, performing as a solo artist with various bands across multiple genres, including rock, metal, blues, jazz, country, and pop. From 1989-1993, he notably performed with The Bellamy BrothersThe MavericksDwight YoakumVassar ClementsWillie NelsonJoe Diffie, and Johnny Paycheck through the highly renowned USO tour performances.

Brian’s iconic Made in the Shade album was released in 1993 by Sony Records which immediately hit the #2 spot in the Billboard Charts and solidified his career as a recording artist. Brian returned to the US in 2000 and has been producing, composing, and touring ever since.

Brian’s 40+ year career has resulted in a staggering number of accolades. Impressively, he has composed or performed on 11 critically acclaimed albums and over 200 successful ad campaigns; he’s also been featured in 118 major motion pictures and television series.

The majority of his works have gone platinum or gold, and all have been featured on the Billboard charts, on television, or in major motion pictures. As a trained pianist he also plays all manner of guitars, violin, harmonica, drums, as well as lap and pedal steel guitars. His over 450 published works have appeared in over 1400 productions since 2010. That’s more than any other composer, according to the American Society of Composers Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP)!

Throughout his career, Brian has received numerous awards, like the Male Vocalist of the Year, Country Artist of the Year, and Most Versatile Musician Awards three years in a row, among other recognitions. Many of Brian’s compositions have been picked up and recorded by such celebrated artists as Wynonna Judd, Christopher Cross38 SpecialPeter ToshDiana RossAnne Murray, and many more. Furthermore, he has been a dedicated and respected member of the Society of Composers and Lyricists, the Songwriters Guild of America, the Motion Picture Association, and ASCAP. These organizations have provided him with the necessary guidance and resources to flourish as a beloved lyricist and composer.

When he is away from the studio, Brian enjoys relaxing by heading outdoors to hunt, fish, or go off-roading. As a Rush fan, he can often be found researching memorabilia and adding pieces to his collection. Brian is often recruited by some of the most prominent names in the entertainment industry. Most recently, he has been contracted by Warner, Marvel, and Disney Studios where he started work in June of 2022 as an Associate Music Producer. Since his career has been his life-long hobby, Brian is constantly studying music, writing new compositions, and tinkering to discover new and innovative sounds.

Brian has appeared on 11 platinum albums and composed the soundtracks for hundreds of successful ad campaigns, major motion pictures, and television series. More than any other composer since 1989…

Source: American Society of Composers Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP)

Interesting Facts

  • Brian considers himself ‘genre-agnostic’, but has had the most success with Country and Blues genres.
  • After finishing his tour of duty in the US Army in 1985, Brian remained in Darmstadt Germany and continued performing until 2000. Yes. He speaks fluent German.
  • Brian is a trained Pianist but prefers to play Guitar. He also plays the Violin, Harmonica, Bass, Drums, Organ, Lap, and Pedal Steel Guitar.
  • According to ASCAP, Brian’s musical works have been re-recorded or featured in productions over 1400 times since 2000. More than any other composer since 1989.
  • While living in Buffalo, New York in 1977, Brian performed occasionally at Nightclubs and Bars with the Band Talas whose most notable member was Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big). Billy introduced Brian to Tesla bassist/guitarist Brian Wheat with whom he also collaborated on diverse projects.
  • Brian was co-writer of the successful Pan Am Airlines – You Can’t Beat The Experience (1982) and Maybelline – I’m at my best (1984) advertisement campaigns.
  • Brian has been friends with Albert Lee (Emmylou Harris’ Hot Band) since they first played together at a mutual friend’s birthday party in 1991. Albert introduced Brian to Vince Gill, Ricky Scaggs, and Eric Clapton.
  • Brian has performed Austin City Limits (both the TV show and the Music Festival) off-and-on since 1983 where he performed with such artists as Chris Wall (No Sweat), Lyle Lovett (Cowboy Man), and Asleep at the Wheel singer Ray Benson.
  • Ron Sweet (Johnny Paycheck) and Brian became buds in 1991 during the European USO tours and he introduced Brian to Waylon JenningsDavid Allen Coe, Allison Kraus, and Merle Haggard whom he later collaborated on diverse projects.
  • Brian’s composition Watch That Girl Go appears as a jingle in Maybelline Radio and Television ads in Europe and South America to this day (over 25 years).
  • The What the Hell album is a culmination of works that were originally written as jingles over 20 years the majority of which are still in circulation as international Radio and Television advertisements.
  • Brian is a Rush fanatic, has been backstage to more of their concerts than he can count, and is a proud collector of Rush memorabilia, including a PRS acoustic from Alex Lifeson’s private stock.
  • Brian joined the Disney Records team in June 2022 and has since been contracted as Associate Music Producer by Disney Studios to work on diverse projects including the Disney+ series The MandalorianAndor, and the upcoming major motion pictures MufasaElementalWishSnow White3 Men and a Baby, and many more…


A&R Recording New York City, USA 
  • 1981 – Peter Tosh – Wanted Dread & Alive ‎(LP, Album)
  • 1982 – Dayton – Hot Fun ‎(LP, Album)
  • 1982 – Tyzik* – Radiance ‎(Cass, Album)
  • 1982 – Judy Collins – Times Of Our Lives ‎(LP)
  • 1982 – Pan American Airlines – You Can’t Beat The Experience (Jingle)
Capitol Records Nashville, Tennessee, USA 
  • 1983 – Anne Murray – A Little Good News ‎(7″, Single)
  • 1983 – 38 Special – Teacher Teacher (Single)
  • 1983 – Dr. Hook – Sometimes You Win ‎(LP, Album)
  • 1983 – Diana Ross – Pieces Of Ice ‎(12″, Maxi)
  • 1984 – Little Steven – Voice Of America (Album)
  • 1984 – Maria Vidal – Body Rock (Special Long Version) ‎(12″)
  • 1984 – Mel McDaniel – With Oklahoma Wind ‎(Cass, Album)
  • 1984 – Sherry Kean – People Talk ‎(Cass, Album, Dol)
  • 1984 – Maybelline – I’m At My Best (Jingle)
  • 1985 – Maybelline – Dial-a-Lash (Jingle)
Dolphin Studios, Mörfelden, Germany 
  • 1994 – Frankfurt Rock Orchestra – Classic Moody Blues Hits ‎(CD, Album)
  • 1994 – Nena* – Und Alles Dreht Sich ‎(CD, Album)
  • 1995 – Kingfish – In Concert ‎(2xCD, RM)
  • 1995 – Johnny Logan – Another Lover ‎(7″, Single)
  • 1997 – Diamond Head – Lightning To The Nations (Album)
  • 1998 – Point Blank – Point Blank ‎(CD, Album, RE, RM)
Musty Dungeon Studios (Sony) New York City, USA
  • 1993 – Brian Walton – Made in the Shade (Album)
  • 2001 – Brian Walton – Made in the Shade (Live, Album)
  • 2014 – Brian Walton – Wear Them Blues (Single)
  • 2016 – Brian Walton – What the Hell (Album)
  • 2019 – Brian Walton – Made in the Shade (25th Anniversary Edition, Album)
  • 2019 – Brian Walton – Fly Higher (Single)
  • 2021 – Brian Walton – Still Got My Mojo (Comp, Album)
  • 2021 – Brian Walton – In My Little Town (EP)
  • 2022 – Brian Walton – Fly Higher (Matilda 2) (Single)
  • 2022 – Brian Walton – Cowgirl Thang (Single)
  • 2022 – Brian Walton – The Karen (Can’t Understand Normal Thinking) Song
Disney Studios Burbank California, USA
  • 2022 – The Mandalorian (2022/2023)
  • 2022 – Andor (2022/2023)
  • 2022 – Elemental (2023)
  • 2022 – Mufasa Soundtrack (2024)
  • 2023 – Wish Teaser/Trailer (2023)
  • 2023 – Snow White (2025)


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