Ivan Neville

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ivan Neville
Neville performing at the 2005 Bourbon Street Fest
Neville performing at the 2005 Bourbon Street Fest
Background information
Born (1959-08-19) August 19, 1959 (age 64)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
GenresR&B, new wave, house
Years active1983–present
Iguana Records
Uptop Entertainment
Compendia Records

Ivan Neville (born August 19, 1959) is an American multi-instrumentalist musician, singer, and songwriter. He is the son of Aaron Neville and nephew to the other members of The Neville Brothers.[1][2][3]


Neville has released four solo albums and had a Top 30 Billboard hit with the first single "Not Just Another Girl" from his debut solo album If My Ancestors Could See Me Now.[4] "Not Just Another Girl" reached 26 on the Billboard charts.[5] His second single "Falling Out of Love" was a duet with singer Bonnie Raitt[4] that reached 91 on the Billboard charts.[5] The song was also featured in the 1989 comedy Skin Deep, starring John Ritter.

Neville's recording of "Why Can't I Fall in Love" was featured on the 1990 soundtrack to the Allan Moyle film, Pump Up the Volume.[6]

Neville and his band, Dumpstaphunk, self-released a full-length studio debut, Everybody Want Sum, during the summer of 2010.[7]

Neville has played with and appeared on several Neville Brother records, as well as his father’s solo records. He performed in Bonnie Raitt's band from 1985 to 1987 and contributed the song "All Day, All Night", co-written with bassist James Hutchison to her Nine Lives album. He also contributed keyboards to two Rolling Stones albums, 1986’s Dirty Work and 1994’s Voodoo Lounge as well as being a member of Keith Richards’ solo band the X-Pensive Winos.[8] In 1988, 1992 and 1993 he toured with Richards after recording Talk is Cheap and Main Offender, and was the opening act for the shows, since If My Ancestors Could See Me Now was released.

Neville released his second solo album entitled Thanks in 1994.[4]

Apart from appearing on several other artists’ records, including Don Henley, Bonnie Raitt, Robbie Robertson, Rufus, Paula Abdul, and Delbert McClinton, he was a member of the Spin Doctors, touring and recording on the group's album Here Comes the Bride in 1999–2000, including assuming lead vocal duties when Chris Barron lost his voice.

In 2003, he formed his own band Dumpstaphunk[9] and appeared, among other places, on the Late Show with David Letterman.

When the levees failed in New Orleans in 2005, Neville joined The New Orleans Social Club and recorded the benefit album Sing Me Back Home with producers Leo Sacks and Ray Bardani at Wire Studios in Austin, Texas.[10] Neville's searing version of John Fogerty's "Fortunate Son" was critically acclaimed. "Catharsis never sounded cooler," raved Entertainment Weekly.[11] In 2007, with Dumpstaphunk and B.B. King, he participated in a tribute album to fellow New Orleans musician Fats Domino, contributing his version of the title song to Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino (Vanguard Records).[12]

Neville appears in performance footage in the 2005 documentary film Make It Funky!, which presents a history of New Orleans music and its influence on rhythm and blues, rock and roll, funk and jazz.[13] In the film, he performs on "Rip It Up" as guest vocalist with Earl Palmer and the house band, and on "Fire on the Bayou" with The Neville Brothers.[14]

Through the Tipitina's Foundation, along with other New Orleans musicians, Neville has been active in performing benefit shows in support of Hurricane Katrina charities.[15] Ivan Neville's band includes Nick Daniels and Tony Hall, both on bass (with Hall sometimes on guitar); Ian Neville (Ivan's cousin) playing guitar, and Raymond Weber on drums.

Solo discography[edit]


  1. ^ Ratliff, Ben (February 24, 2012). "New Orleans Saint's Brooklyn Revival". The New York Times. p. AR14.
  2. ^ Pareles, Jon (May 5, 2008). "Scars Amid the Party in New Orleans". The New York Times. p. E1.
  3. ^ Matthews, Bunny (July 1, 2005). "Ivan Neville: Return of the Prodigal Son". OffBeat. Retrieved January 18, 2022.
  4. ^ a b c White, Timothy (July 30, 1994). "Ivan Neville Gives 'Thanks' For Voodoo". Billboard. p. 7.
  5. ^ a b "Ivan Neville Chart History". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Pump Up the Volume Soundtrack". AllMusic.
  7. ^ "Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk celebrates release of the first full-length studio album tonight at Tip's". The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  8. ^ "The Core: Ivan Neville". 11 April 2021. Archived from the original on 2021-04-11. Retrieved 23 May 2023.
  9. ^ "The party of the year will be a 'slam dunk' with Dumpstaphunk". The Union. Archived from the original on August 13, 2012. Retrieved November 7, 2013.
  10. ^ Brett Milano (September 26, 2016). "Rewind: The New Orleans Social Club, Sing Me Back Home (Burgundy Records)". OffBeat.
  11. ^ Blumfeld, Larry (April 3, 2006). "Sing Me Back Home". Entertainment Weekly.
  12. ^ Jason MacNeil (October 4, 2007). "Various Artists: Goin Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino". PopMatters.
  13. ^ "IAJE What's Going On". Jazz Education Journal. Manhattan, Kansas: International Association of Jazz Educators. 37 (5): 87. April 2005. ISSN 1540-2886. ProQuest 1370090.
  14. ^ Make It Funky! (DVD). Culver City, California: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. 2005. ISBN 9781404991583. OCLC 61207781. 11952.
  15. ^ "Wonder, Marsalis, others prepare Katrina benefit jam". Los Angeles Times. August 29, 2006. Retrieved July 27, 2019.

External links[edit]