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!

Reflecting on Two Hits

9/11 – a date that shook America. Dive deep with Gordon Mote into a heartfelt reflection of the day in the studio as this tragedy unfolded, and how this led up to Gordon’s first number one country hit with Alan Jackson. You’ll also learn that sometimes, the best moments are unplanned. Get an insider’s look into how a carefree jam session between musicians was ingeniously transformed by producer Frank Rogers and an alert engineer into the pulsating intro for “All Over Me.” The serendipitous moment you now hear on radios worldwide!

Songwriting Journey: Reflections, Inspiration, and Divine Intervention

Have you ever awakened with words on your mind? What about a song? After getting engaged to his wife, Kimberly, Gordon Mote woke up in the middle of the night one night with the entire chorus of a song on his mind. Six months later, on the day of his wedding rehearsal, he still hadn’t written the rest of the song — though he had committed to sing it during the wedding. (It was already in the wedding program!) Tune in to hear what Gordon wrote under pressure, and hear the song he rarely performs.

Influences: Michael McDonald & Billy Preston

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?”

8th Grade

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!

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?

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!