Nile Gregory Rodgers (b. 19 September 1952, New York N.Y.) is an American record producer, songwriter, musician, composer, arranger and guitarist.
With music all around him in his childhood, Rodgers tried out all of his school's band instruments, before a love of The Beatles and John Lennon drew him towards the electric guitar, and especially the Fender Stratocaster. He began his career as a session guitarist in New York, touring with the Sesame Street band, led by Joe Raposo, in his teens, and then working in the house band at Harlem's world famous Apollo Theater, playing behind Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Maxine Brown, Aretha Franklin, Ben E. King, Betty Wright, Earl Lewis and the Channels, Parliament Funkadelic, and many other legendary R&B artists.
Although he recorded three solo albums during the 1980s and 1990s, and one as part of the short-lived group Outloud, Rodgers has found more success in collaboration as producer and performer with many artists including Sister Sledge, Diana Ross, Sheena Easton, David Bowie, Bryan Ferry, Duran Duran, Madonna, INXS, Britney Spears, Spoons, and more recently, Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, Avicii, Disclosure, Sam Smith, Pitbull, Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue, Nervo, Laura Mvula, Keith Urban and Christina Aguilera.
In his teens Rodgers was a member of the Harlem chapter of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. He remains friendly with numerous former Panthers, including Professor Jamal Joseph.
Works for Winds
- We Are Family (arr. Baratta) (1979/2000)
- Nile Rodgers, Wikipedia Accessed 19 August 2016