Chieli Minucci

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Chieli Minucci
Born (1958-04-17) April 17, 1958 (age 58)
Huntington, New York, U.S.
Genres Smooth jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar
Labels GRP, JVC, Shanachie
Associated acts Special EFX

Chieli Minucci (born April 17, 1958 in Huntington, New York) is an American guitarist known as the leader of the smooth jazz group Special EFX.[1]

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 with George Jinda & Special EFX have recorded over 25 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,[2] Marion Meadows, Jay Beckenstein, Gerald Veasley, Lao Tizer, Nestor Torres, and Bob Baldwin.

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.


with Special EFX[edit]

  • 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 (JVC) (without Chieli Minucci)
  • 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)

Solo albums[edit]

  • 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 Music)
  • 2009: East of the Sun (Shanachie)


  1. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Chieli Minucci: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 17 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Tropical Postcards - Roseanna Vitro (Credits)". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 May 2015

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