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 impoverished children wherever we discover them.
Miriam Stockley (vocals)
Miriam Stockley is a world-renowned recording artist and composer, best known for her vocal arranging, vocalise lyrics and multi tracked ethnic vocals. Her featured recording projects consist of: Praise and Adiemus along with a collection of her own solo recordings entitled: Miriam, Second Nature and Eternal. As one of the UK’s top session vocalists, Miriam recorded and performed with names such as Queen, George Michael, David Bowie, Tina Turner and Elton John – to name but a few. Her voice was featured in films such as Lord of The Rings, Memphis Belle, Great Expectations and Autumn in New York. She has been a member of AO Music for the past 15 years and has co-composed, arranged and sung vocals on four of the five AO Music albums. Rod Houison, (Miriam’s husband), is a renowned English recording engineer who records and co-produces all of Miriam’s vocals.
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.