Ron Walters Jr is a keyboardist, composer, arranger, producer, and conductor. This Chicago native began his musical journey at an early age singing and playing drums in church. Heavily influenced by the music of Walter Hawkins, Andrae Crouch, Duke Ellington and Count Basie, Ron fell in love with the piano and never looked back. He went on to study with Chicago jazz piano legend Eddie Baker and composer/arranger William Russo. Ron graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Composition and a minor in Conducting.
In 2004, Barry Manilow took Ron “under his wing” as his new music director. Ron moved to Los Angeles and has served as Barry’s conductor/MD/keyboardist ever since. With Mr. Manilow, Ron has performed on stages and TV shows all over the world. His most memorable experiences so far have been conducting and performing for the Nobel Peace Prize concert in 2010, and conducting both the Los Angeles Philharmonic and BBC Concert Orchestra in 2019. His conducting and playing earned him an Emmy nomination for Best Music Direction for the PBS special: “Barry Manilow Sings Songs of The 70’s”.
Ron’s new Christmas EP “Incredible Love” is currently available on all music outlets.