Listen as Gordon talks about working with Michael McDonald and why he’s not just recognizable for his playing, but also for his singing. Gordon also goes on to talk about and play Billy Preston—who is often regarded as “The 5th Beatle.” Plus you’ll hear the hilarious story about the time Gordon asked Michael, “Are you some kind of idiot?”
Here’s a question: What do these artists have in common?
Alan Jackson, Barbara Streisand, Blake Shelton, Bob Segar, Carrie Underwood, Elvis Presley, Bill Gaither, George Strait, James Taylor, Hank Williams Jr, Keith Urban, Kenny Rogers, Kid Rock, Kenny Chesney, Lionel Ritchie, Lynard Skynard, Merle Haggard, Mick Jagger, The Oak Ridge Boys, Randy Travis, Steven Curtis Chapman, Sheryl Crow, Tim McGraw, and Willie Nelson.
What do they all have in common? The answer is Gordon Mote. He is the keyboard force behind music that will be remembered for all time:
On more than 100 number 1 hit songs… On 75 more that made the top ten… On 70 million albums covering the musical spectrum like no one else in history…
Now, Gordon brings his talent and incredible life lessons to Wisdom Harbour. Get to know Gordon Mote. He will soon be among your favorites!
8th grade…an awkward year for some. Most kids just want to fit in with a group of friends, maybe play some sports, or find someone to take to the school dance. For Gordon, growing up blind posed its own challenges, but at an early age, he realized that playing the piano was an easy way to get noticed and make friends. Here’s how Gordon remembers the 8th grade!
Influences: Ronnie Milsap
Listen in as Gordon talks about (and plays) one of his favorite piano players who had a massive influence on him as a kid—Ronnie Milsap.
The Mystery of the Pass Around
Watch and listen as Gordon Mote records piano for a song he’s never even heard before. This fascinating inside look into recording a demo will leave you wondering…is honky-tonk really that easy or is Gordon just that good?
The Distinctive Styles of Jerry Lee Lewis, Paul McCartney, & Bruce Hornsby
Jerry Lee Lewis, Paul McCartney, and Bruce Hornsby—three incredibly successful keyboard players, but what makes their playing styles so different? Gordon Mote is on the keys to talk about and play a bit from each!
Your Musical Calendar
We asked Gordon Mote to take us though a calendar year and what each month sounds like to him musically. Watch and listen as you feel the seasons go by!
Songs In the Key of I… INFLUENCE!
Gordon Mote is back! This time, he’s playing some of his favorite licks from Billy Joel, Lionel Richie, and Elton John—plus discussing what makes each of those artist’s sound and style so unique and distinct. And why they mattered so much to him!
Passing the Torch of Influence
How often does it happen…? We admire someone from afar…then, when we meet them, not only do they live up to our expectations, but become a personal mentor as well? Not very often, right? Well…it happened to Gordon Mote!
Showing Off: Away In the Manger
Our Captains are humble people, but… Some of them are SO talented that from time to time, the Harbourmaster will persuade them to “show off” just for you. Watch and listen as Gordon Mote displays a skill that will have you laughing and shaking your head in astonishment!
Perfect Pitch with Gordon Mote
Tune in to hear Gordon talk about being born blind, discovering his gift of playing piano at the age of 3, and how he got to where he is today!
Listening to Advice with Blake Shelton
Listen as Gordon has a discussion with one of the world’s most visible mentors. Blake shares that listening to advice makes him a bigger and happier person. He tells us that helping people and passing on knowledge is the greatest thing in the world!
Purpose and Passion with Scott Hamilton
Scott Hamilton, Olympic Skating Champion, philanthropist and cancer survivor shares how not fearing failure kick-started his road to success.