Richard Niles

I am an American composer, arranger, producer, guitarist, broadcaster and journalist - living in London. I was called “one of the most versatile men in modern music” by Sound On Sound magazine because of my extensive work across many genres.

Credits include POP: Paul McCartney, Westlife, Mariah Carey, Boyzone, Cher, Tina Turner, Lulu, Cilla Black, Tears For Fears, Pet Shop Boys, Wet Wet Wet, Ronan Keating, Take That, Was (Not Was), Hue & Cry, Samantha Mumba, Heather Small, and Kylie Minogue. R&B: James Brown, Joe Cocker, Dusty Springfield, Michael McDonald, Bobby Womack, Jimmy Ruffin, Deniece Williams, Randy Crawford, and Gloria Gaynor. JAZZ: Pat Metheny, Bob James, Chris Hunter, The Yellowjackets, Guy Barker, Incognito, Morrissey-Mullen, Jim Mullen, Silje Nergaard, Michel Legrand, Gary Husband. CLASSICAL: Placido Domingo, Montserrat Caballe and Kiri Te Kanawa.

My songs have been recorded by Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Kid Creole, Deniece Williams, Bobby Womack, Silje Nergaard, Clive Griffin and Spike Milligan.

My jazz orchestra, BANDZILLA began life on Grace Jones's “Slave To The Rhythm” (1985) and Ruby Wax's first TV series “Don't Miss Wax”. (CD, Blue Movies ). Performances with Ray Charles, Neil Tennant, Pat Kane, Richard Darbyshire, Kid Creole, Paul McCartney, James Brown, Cher, Hamish Stuart, Clive Griffin, Claire Teal. I am a regular guest conductor and writer for The BBC Big Band with concerts for Ray Charles, Jane Monheit, Pat Kane and Deniece Williams.

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