Chieli Minucci (born April 17, 1958 in New York, New York is an American guitarist known as the leader of the Grammy-nominated contemporary jazz group Chielli Minucci & Special EFX.
Biography and career
His father, Ulpio Minucci, was a concert pianist and composer who wrote the music to the 1955 hit song «Domani,» as well as «A Thousand Thoughts of You,» and «Felicia» (both sung by Nat King Cole).
Minucci & Special EFX have recorded over 30 CDs, 8 of them solo releases. He has recorded and performed with pop music artists such as Celine Dion, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Lopez, Jewel, Mark Anthony, Jessica Simpson, and Anastacia as well as jazz artists Roseanna Vitro, Marion Meadows, Jay Beckenstein, Gerald Veasley, Kirk Whalum, Jeff Lorber, Norman Brown, Bernie Williams, Lao Tizer, Nestor Torres, Mindi Abair, Rick Braun, Jeff Andrews, Nick Colionne, Omar Hakim and Bob Baldwin.
Also known as a composer for television and film, Minucci has won three Emmy Awards, in 1998, 2007, and 2008
Minucci is known as a composer for television and film and has been nominated for several Daytime Emmy Awards. He won awards in 1998, 2007, and 2008 for The Guiding Light. He has written music for Good Morning America (theme), Bloomberg Radio (theme), Access Hollywood, and The 700 Club.
Minucci composed and produced the soundtrack for the Live Nation/Nickelodeon live stage productions of the hit TV series, Dora the Explorer (both Dora’s Pirate Adventure and The City of Lost Toys). He also wrote and recorded songs for the live stage production of the British children’s television show, Thomas & Friends Live! – Thomas Saves The Day! and A Circus Comes to Town.
Minucci’s Kickin’ it Hard is featured as the hold music on Verizon’s conference audio bridge system.
Awards and honors
•Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series, Daytime Emmy Awards, The Guiding Light, 1999, 2007, 2008
•»Deep as the Night» was the #1 Smooth Jazz Song of the Year 2018