Music world lost a star in Wayman Tisdale

BY NATASHA MITCHELL Modified: May 16, 2009 at 3:32 pm •  Published: May 16, 2009
Known as a stellar bass player, Wayman Tisdale’s discography totals eight studio albums.

He released his debut 1995 CD "Power Forward” for the Motown subsidiary label MoJazz, which climbed to No. 4 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart and, like all of his future albums, crossed over onto Billboard’s R&B charts.

Tisdale’s releases "In the Zone” (1996), "Decisions” (1998) and "Face to Face” (2001) all were top 10 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, with "Face to Face” going to No. 1, as did his 2006 album "Way Up.” In addition to single "Ain’t No Stopping Us Now,” Tisdale took singles "Can’t Hide Love” and "Don’t Take Your Love Away” to No. 1 at radio. He also released gospel albums "21 Days” (2003), "Hang Time” (2004) and "Rebound” (2008).

His stellar talents earned him honors as the Bassist of the Year during the 2002 National Smooth Jazz Awards.

Like many musicians, Tisdale followed an industry trend by forming his own production company, Tisway Records, to produce "21 days,” which included contributions from his daughter Danielle and his brother Weldon, who followed their father as pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in Tulsa, where Tisdale’s family still attends.

Tisdale’s musical contributions are noted on the national scene, particularly with his record company.

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