Chieli Minucci

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Chieli Minucci
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Background information
Birth name Gian Chieli Minucci
Born (1958-04-17) April 17, 1958 (age 59)
Huntington, New York, U.S.
Genres Jazz, world fusion, smooth jazz, new age
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, producer
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1982–present
Labels GRP, JVC, Shanachie, Keytone
Associated acts Special EFX

Chieli Minucci (born April 17, 1958 in New York, New York[1] is an American guitarist known as the leader of the Grammy-nominated contemporary jazz group Chielli Minucci & Special EFX.[2]

His father, Ulpio Minucci, was a concert pianist and composer who wrote the music to the 1955 hit song "Domani,"[3] as well as "A Thousand Thoughts of You," and "Felicia" (both sung by Nat King Cole).

Minucci with George Jinda & Special EFX have recorded over 26 CDs, 8 of them solo releases.[4] 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,[5] Marion Meadows, Jay Beckenstein, Gerald Veasley, Kirk Whalum, Jeff Lorber, Norman Brown, Bernie Williams, Marion Meadows Lao Tizer, Nestor Torres, Mindi Abair, Rick Braun, Nick Colionne, Omar Hakim and Bob Baldwin.[6]

Also known as a composer for television and film, Minucci has won three Emmy Awards, in 1998, 2007,[7] and 2008, and has been nominated for 10 Emmy Awards for his eclectic compositional work on CBS’s Guiding Light,[8] which holds the record as the longest running TV show in American history. He has written music for well-known programs such as Dancing With the Stars, American Idol, Good Morning America (theme), Bloomberg Radio (theme), Access Hollywood, The 700 Club, and others. He also contributed music to the soundtracks of No Country For Old Men (2007 Paramount), Bowfinger (1999 Universal), Legally Blonde (2001 MGM), and Panic (2000).[8]

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[edit]

  • Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series, Daytime Emmy Awards, The Guiding Light, 1999, 2007, 2008[8]


With Special EFX[edit]

Date Title Label
1984 Special EFX GRP
1985 Modern Manners GRP
1986 Slice of Life GRP
1987 Mystique GRP
1988 Double Feature GRP
1989 Confidential GRP
1990 Just Like Magic GRP
1991 Peace of the World GRP
1992 Global Village GRP
1993 Collection GRP
1993 Play JVC
1994 Catwalk JVC
1995 Body Language JVC
1997 Here to Stay (without Chieli Minucci) JVC
1999 Masterpiece Shanachie
2001 Butterfly Shanachie
2003 Party Shanachie
2006 A Night with Chieli Minucci & Special EFX Shanachie
2007 Sweet Surrender Shanachie
2010 Without You Shanachie
2013 Genesis Shanachie
2017 Deep as the Night Trippin' 'N' Rhythm


Year Title Label
1994 Jewels JVC
1996 Renaissance JVC
1998 It's Gonna Be Good JVC
2000 Sweet on You Shanachie
2003 Night Grooves Shanachie
2005 Got It Goin' On Shanachie
2008 Travels Watchfire
2009 East of the Sun Shanachie



Artist Year Title Label
Lao Tizer 1997 Passages Yse
Lao Tizer 2001 Golden Soul Frathouse
Lao Tizer 2009 Short Play LA Sound
Jay Beckenstein 2000 Sunrise Windham Hill
Jay Beckenstein Looking Up
Jay Beckenstein I've Been Waiting
Rick Rhodes 1994 Now You See It, Now You Don't Polystar
Rick Rhodes 1995 Indian Summer Polystar
Rick Rhodes 1998 Deep in the Night Beanbag
Deborah Henson-Conant 1990 Caught In The Act GRP
Deborah Henson-Conant 1991 Talking Hands GRP
Deborah Henson-Conant 1992 Budapest White Cat/Unity
Deborah Henson-Conant 1996 The Art of Harp (Vol. 1) International Harp Festival
Heather Mullen 1992 Heather Mullen[9] Eastwest/Atlantic

As guest[edit]

Artist Year Title Label
Bob Baldwin 2002 The American Spirit: A Smooth Jazz Celebration -

“America The Beautiful” & “Star Spangled Banner”

Bob Baldwin 2010 Never Can Say Goodbye
Bob Baldwin 2015 Mellow Wonder: Songs in the Key of Stevie[9] City Sketches/ Red River
The Omar Hakim Experience 1989 Rhythm Love GRP
The Omar Hakim Experience 2014 We Are One Rhythm Love
Celine Dion 1998 My Love
Celine Dion 1998 One Heart Sony
Celine Dion 2000 A New Day Has Come Sony
Celine Dion 2002 Collector's Series, Vol.1 Sony
Celine Dion 2003 These Are Special Times
Celine Dion 2008 Let's Talk About Love 550 Music
Celine Dion 2009 The Collection 550 Music/Epic
Donna Summer 2003 I Will Sony
Lionel Richie 2002 To Love A Woman Island Def Jam
Jennifer Lopez 1999 On the 6
Jennifer Lopez 2002 J to Tha L-O: The Remixes
Jennifer Lopez 2012 Dance Again - The Hits
Mark Anthony 2002 Mended - "Tragedy" Columbia
Jessica Simpson 2001 Irresistible Sony
Backstreet Boys 1999 Millennium- "I Need You Tonight" Jive/Zamba
Arshak Sirunyen 2014 Hoodman's Blind
Jim Peterik 2013 Forces at Play World Stage International
Lao Tizer 2006 Diversify Yse Records
Lao Tizer 2010 Tizer Live Yse Records
Lao Tizer 2012 Downbeat JLK Productions
Linda Ciofalo 2010 Dancing with Johnny
Paula Atherton 2009 Groove With Me
Rick Nichols 2008 Project Synchrony Linking Point
Peter Primamore 2006 Grancia
Jenny Burton 1995 The Jenny Burton Experience Voiceworks
Jenny Burton 2005 Jenny Burton Experience
Robbie Kumalo 2007 Music is My Friend
Anastacia 1999 Not That Kind Sony
Anastacia 2002 Freak of Nature Sony
Anastacia 2005 Pieces of a Dream
Nestor Torres 2002 My Latin Soul "Smooth" & "Hero" Shanachie
Philip Hamilton 2004 Blues, Rhythm, Rhythm & Blues
Kevin Toni 2001 Strut Shanachie
John Favicchia 2001 Dharma Fav Music
True Vibe 2001 True Vibe Essential/Zomba
David Mann 2001 Touch Encoded
Tin Tin Out 2000 Anybody's Guess Virgin
Celeste 2000 This is Your Life Ministry Of Sound / UK
Carman 2000 Heart of a Champion Sparrow/EMI Christian Group
Steely Dan Tribute 2000 No Static At All - "Josie" with Dave Koz Samson
Rosie O'Donnell 2000 A Rosie Christmas - "Winter Wonderland" with Donny Osmond Sony
Club 1600 2000 Stay Encoded
Samantha Sima 2000 Identity Genie Entertainment
Tre-O 1999 Music of The Heart - "Seventeen" Sony
Tom Browne 1999 R 'N' Browne Hip Bop
Giselle D'Cole 1999 Giselle D'Cole Sony/Disco
Jewel 1999 Joy: A Holiday Collection Atlantic
Gerald Veasley 1999 Love Letters Heads Up
Marion Meadows 1998 Pleasure - "Unchain My Heart" Sire/Discovery
Bahithi Kumalo 1998 San Bonan[10] Siam
Russell Gunn 1998 Ethnomusicology (Vol. 1) Atlantic
Ginette Reno 1998 Love Is All Attic Records Limited
Mercedes Hall 1998 Somewhere In The Night [11]
Sola 1998 Haunts Also Productions
LaChanze 2009 Love
Nicole Renee 1997=8 Nicole Renee - "Memorabilia" Atlantic
Armsted Christian 1998 The Wave Is Coming Siam
Will Downing 1997 Invitation Only
Slim Mann 1997 Secret Rendezvous Mercury
Angela Bofill 1996 Love In Slo Motion Shanachie
Chaka Khan 1996 Epiphany: The Best of Chaka Khan - "Your Love Is All i Know" Warner Bros
Voyeur 1996 Boulevard Columbia
Lionel Hampton 1996 For The Love of Music Mo Jazz
E.Y.C. 1996 I Feel It - "In The Beginning" MCA
Billy Mann 1996 Billy Mann A&M
Mark Johnson 1994 Mark Johnson J
Mavis Staple 1993 The Voice Warner Bros./Paisley Park
Christoph Spendel 1993 Cool Street TCB
Noel Pointer 1993 Never Lost Your Heart Shanachie/Cachet
Bemshi 1992 Woman Child Capitol
Gabor Kristof 1989 The Fast Lane Champagne
Roberta Flack 1988 Oasis Atlantic
Lala 1987 Lala Artista
The Belle Stars 1986 World Domination MCA/Stiff 1986
Cheryl Lynn 1985 It's Gonna Be Alright CBS
Chris Hinze 1984 Saliah Keytone
High Fashion 1983 Make Up Your Mind Capitol/EMI
Change 1983 This Is Your Time Atlantic/RFC
The B.B.Q. Band 1982 All Night LOng Capitol/EMI
The B.B.Q. Band 1983 Six Million Times Capitol/EMI

TV and movie soundtracks[edit]

Year Soundtrack Credit Director Studio/Network
1987 Ishtar Session Guitarist Columbia
1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Session Guitarist Disney
1998 Snake Eyes Wrote and performed "Fiesta Mexicana" Brian De Palma
1999 Bowfinger Composed and performed "Super Smooth" (composed w/ M. Kallins) Frank Oz
1999 Double Platinum Session Guitarist Sony
1999 Clean & Narrow Session Guitarist Showtime
2001 Legally Blonde Production Library (stock music) Robert Luketic
2003 Uptown Girls Session Guitarist Boaz Yakin MGM
1999- Guiding Light Composed 700+ music cues
2007 No Country for Old Men Composed and performed "Deep Cry" (composed w/ M. Kallins) Coen brothers
2007 Firehouse Dog Wrote and performed "Lady is a Vamp" (composed w/ M. Kallins) Todd Holland


  • Composed and produced the soundtrack for the live tour productions of Dora's Pirate Adventure, The City of Lost Toys, Storytime Adventures, 2003–2015
  • Contributed to the score of Peter Pan, 2005
  • Wrote and recorded soundtrack for "Thomas Saves the Day", Thomas & Friends Live, 2007

Music library production[edit]

Year Library Credit/Title(s)
1998–present Gotham Library/Firstcom[12] Composer, performer music cues for television, movies, and radio
2000–2001 Bloomberg Radio Composed music, including the main station IDs
1999 Sound Ideas/Westar Music Library[13] Second Cup
1999 Sound Ideas/Westar Music Library Neon Nights
2001 Sound Ideas/Westar Music Library Sex & Romance
2001 Sound Ideas/Westar Music Library Manhattan Silhouette
2002 Sound Ideas/Westar Music Library X-Treme Sports
2002 Sound Ideas/Westar Music Library Over the Edge
1999 De Wolfe Music[14] Latin Power
1999 De Wolfe Music Smooth Jazz #4
1997 Killer Tracks[15] The 60's Vol. 1
1994 FirstCom[12] American Dream Vol. 2
1995 FirstCom Lifestyles
1996 FirstCom American Dream



  1. ^ "Jazz star rose & remains in Forest Hills". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2016-12-16. 
  2. ^ " Going For Adds : CHIELI MINUCCI & SPECIAL EFX". Retrieved 2016-12-16. 
  3. ^ "AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved December 1, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Shanachie Entertainment". Retrieved 2016-12-16. 
  5. ^ "Tropical Postcards - Roseanna Vitro (Credits)". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 May 2015
  6. ^ "Jazz Interview with Chieli Minucci". Retrieved 2016-12-16. 
  7. ^ "Chieli Minucci: Composer Extraordinaire Earns the Emmy". Smooth Jazz Vibes. Retrieved 2016-12-16. 
  8. ^ a b c "Chieli Minucci". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-12-16. 
  9. ^ a b "MelloWonder: Songs in the Key of Stevie - Bob Baldwin | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-12-27. 
  10. ^ "San Bonan - Bakithi Kumalo | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-12-27. 
  11. ^ "Somewhere in the Night - Mercedes Hall | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-12-27. 
  12. ^ a b c "FirstCom Music - Online Production Music Library". Retrieved 2016-12-30. 
  13. ^ a b "License and Download Production Music | Westar Music". Retrieved 2016-12-30. 
  14. ^ a b "De Wolfe Music - Production Music, Music Sync and Licensing Consultancy, Recording and Music Supervision". Retrieved 2016-12-30. 
  15. ^ a b "Killer Tracks - Online Production Music Library Resource". Retrieved 2016-12-30. 

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