The multiple Grammy Award-winning producer of some of music's most memorable hits over the past several decades has also joined efforts to dedicate Hampton Beach's M Street after a late woman who lived on the road.
Narada Michael Walden, who produced a record seven-straight No. 1 hits for Whitney Houston, including "The Bodyguard" soundtrack, has written a letter to the Hampton Board of Selectmen in support of singer Brian Evans' efforts to have a "Helen Bousquet Way" memorial sign placed beneath the M Street sign to honor Evans' mother.
Walden joins actor William Shatner and Felix Rappaport, the president and chief operating officer of the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, N.V., in urging selectmen and the "wonderful" people of Hampton to pay tribute to Bousquet, who passed away in October after going in for a routine knee surgery.
"It has been my pleasure knowing Helen Bousquet, and her dedication to her son makes this a very worthy and noble action," wrote Walden in the letter.
Walden produced "At Fenway," a song about Fenway Park written by Evans that has been adapted into a music video co-produced by Bousquet. Evans stars in the music video alongside Shatner, who plays the home plate umpire.
Walden — who has also worked with Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Mariah Carey — also is producing Evans' song, "Croonerman." "Croonerman" was written by Bousquet and "nail[s]" the big band genre, according to Evans.
Evans said his mother's ashes were recently placed at sea three miles off Hampton Beach's M Street. A sailboat from Newburyport brought her out for the ceremony, which was held with Evans and close family and friends.