Detroit native, Cordell Walton, has been a force in the music industry for many years. Though his name may not be familiar to some, he has spent the majority of his life composing, producing, performing and writing for various artists. With no formal training, Cordell is nothing short of a musical savant.
Cordell decided that he wanted to explore new territory in the music game. He connected with Dietrick Haddon, and they worked on several albums together, which eventually led him to serve as his musical director. Their travels took them around the globe and exposed them to a wide array of audiences. One audience member who took particular notice was Charlie Wilson, of the old-school R&B group, The Gap Band. He was impressed by the skill and precision exhibited by Cordell, and he began touring with the veteran, later being promoted to music director for The Gap Band as well as Charlie Wilson‘s solo act.
Over the next several years Cordell appeared with many renowned performers, including Busta Rhymes, Teddy Riley, Snoop Dogg, and Kelis to name just a few. He served as music director for the powerful, hit stage play, “My Brother Marvin” (the life story of Marvin Gaye). His playing helped transport audiences back in time to the heyday of the Motown sound that he had grown up with.
Always having a passion for alternative music, Cordell also recorded a solo project under his alter ego “Cylas” entitled Chapter One. Although he is well connected with talented musicians, Cordell played every instrument on his CD himself. He wanted this debut to reflect his own world-view, and he made liberal use of modern recording techniques to achieve that end.
Cordell has experienced continued success and after ____years, he remains in the role of music director for Charlie Wilson’s latest tour, while simultaneously producing up-and-coming artists. He is constantly honing his craft while adding to his list of accolades. He is a Dove Award winner and three-time 2019 Stellar Award nominee. One of his most memorable experiences on stage happened this past year, performing at the Apollo Theater accompanying Charlie Wilson. Though he performs with Uncle Charlie on a regular basis, this moment was special because it took him back to his gospel roots. As Charlie belted out his number one gospel song, it was reminiscent of Cordell playing the piano while his mother sang her favorite church hymns.
Cordell is president of 12 Noon Music Enterprises, Inc, a one-stop shop for music production…conception to completion. 12 Noon has its own studio where Cordell serves as chief engineer. As CEO of 12 Noon Music, he was able to fulfill not only his life-long dream, but the dreams of up-and-coming artists searching for a platform and a home in this multi-faceted industry.
When he is not traveling the world, he serves as music director for Pastor J, Moss at Living Waters Church in Detroit, Michigan.