|Birth name||Richard Wright Nowels Jr.|
|Born||Palo Alto, California, U.S.|
Nowels's songs have been recorded by: Lana Del Rey, Adele, Stevie Nicks, Dua Lipa, Miguel, Madonna, Dido, Jamie xx, FKA Twigs, Lykke Li, Alessia Cara, Sia, Florence Welch, Joan Jett, Tom Odell, Alec Benjamin, New Radicals, The Weeknd, ASAP Rocky, Jewel, CeeLo Green, Marina and the Diamonds, Brandon Flowers, Colbie Caillat, *NSYNC, Celine Dion, Belinda Carlisle, John Legend, André 3000, Santana, and Tupac.
Nowels co-wrote the title track for Celine Dion's album Falling into You, which won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1997. In 1998, Nowels' co-written song “The Power of Good-Bye” was released on Madonna's Grammy Award winning studio album, Ray of Light. Nowels co-wrote “The Game of Love” performed by Santana and Michelle Branch, which won ASCAP Song of the Year in 2003. He also co-wrote the track "White Flag" for Dido, which won the 2004 Ivor Novello Award for International Hit of the Year. Nowels co-wrote and co-produced songs on six albums for Lana Del Rey's Born to Die, Paradise, Ultraviolence, Honeymoon, Lust for Life and Norman Fucking Rockwell. Nowels and Del Rey's song "Young and Beautiful" featured on The Great Gatsby: Music from Baz Luhrmann's Film soundtrack, was nominated for a Grammy Award, Critics' Choice Awards, and won Best Original Song at the 18th Satellite Awards.
In 1985, Stevie Nicks recorded Nowels’ song “I Can't Wait” in Los Angeles, giving Rick his first major songwriting and production credit. He was later asked to co-produce Nicks’ album Rock a Little alongside Jimmy Iovine. The album was released in 1986 and featured 5 songs produced by Nowels. “I Can't Wait” peaked at number 16 for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and is one of only four of Nicks' singles to enter the Dance Club Songs chart.
In 1987, Nowels produced Belinda Carlisle's album Heaven on Earth. The album also featured four songs written by Nowels, including “Heaven Is a Place on Earth”, “I Get Weak" and "Circle in the Sand" which went to number one, number two and number six respectively, on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
While Nowels was in New York for the Grammy Awards in 1997, he met Madonna during a shopping expedition at Barneys. She later booked two weeks’ worth of writing time with Rick in his Hollywood Hills studio. Together they wrote “The Power of Good-Bye,” “Little Star,” and “To Have and Not to Hold”, all featured on Madonna's seventh studio album, Ray of Light.
Ray of Light won Best Pop Album at the 1998 Grammy Awards, where Madonna thanked Nowels from the stage during her acceptance speech. The album also won Best Recording Package, Best Dance Recording, and Best Short Form Music Video.
Nowels met Dido in 1999 where she was making her debut album No Angel under Cheeky Records, an independent label in London. Rick co-produced three songs on her first album including "Here With Me," "Hunter," and "All You Want," all which were released as singles to promote the album. "Here With Me" became Dido's debut single as an artist, peaking at number four in the UK Singles Chart. The album No Angel went on to sell 15 million copies worldwide and made Dido an international superstar.
In 2002, Rick and Dido collaborated again to produce her second album Life For Rent. Nowels wrote five songs featured on the album, including singles "White Flag" and "Sand in My Shoes." The album became the seventh best-selling album of the 2000s in the UK, was nominated for a Grammy, won the award for "Best Single" at the 2004 Brit Awards, won "International Hit of the Year" at the 2004 Ivor Novello Awards, and other accolades.
Lana Del Rey
Nowels met Lana Del Rey in the spring of 2011.
In a three-day writing session they composed, “Summertime Sadness,” “Dark Paradise,” “Lucky Ones,” and “TV in Black & White.” The three songs were released on Del Rey's 2012 Born To Die album, peaking at number one in the UK in 2012. The album sold 77,000 copies in the US within the first week and peaked at number two on the Billboard Top 200, just behind Adele’s album, 21. It received gold certification in 2013 and became the fifth best-selling album of 2012, selling 3.4 million copies.
In 2013, Nowels and Del Rey's song, “Young and Beautiful,” was featured in Baz Luhrmann’s film, The Great Gatsby. The song was featured throughout the film and incorporated into the score by Craig Armstrong. “Young and Beautiful,” was released in April 2013. By June 2013 it rose to number three on the charts and has sold over a million copies since its release.
In 2015, Del Rey released her fourth studio album, Honeymoon. The entire album was co-written by Del Rey and Nowels with the exception of the cover, “Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood.” Del Rey and Nowels’ singles include, “High by the Beach,” as well as, “Music To Watch Boys To.” Honeymoon, debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 and reached number one in Australia, Greece, Ireland, and number two in the UK.
In 2017, Del Rey released her fifth studio album, Lust For Life. Del Rey and Nowels co-wrote 14 of the songs for the album including the 3 singles, “Love,” “Lust for Life,” ft. the Weeknd and “White Mustang.” The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album. It debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, as well as the UK Albums Chart.
- "Out of Love" by Alessia Cara
- "Hunt You Down" by Kesha
- (full album) Lust for Life by Lana Del Rey
- "Lost in Your Light" by Dua Lipa
- "To Be Human" by Sia
- "Wrong Crowd" by Tom Odell
- "Magnetized" by Tom Odell
- (full album) Honeymoon by Lana Del Rey
- "Loud Places" by Jamie xx
- (full album) Ultraviolence by Lana Del Rey
- "Silver Line" by Lykke Li
- "Young and Beautiful" by Lana Del Rey
- "Cola" by Lana Del Rey
- "American" by Lana Del Rey
- "Summertime Sadness" by Lana Del Rey
- "Dark Paradise" by Lana Del Rey
- "In God's Hands" by Nelly Furtado
- "Bubblegum Bitch" by Marina and the Diamonds
- "The World as I See It" by Jason Mraz
- "I Follow Rivers" by Lykke Li
- "Cry Baby" by CeeLo Green
- "Fallin' for You" by Colbie Caillat
- "Green Light" by John Legend
- "White Flag" by Dido
- "Sand in My Shoes" by Dido
- "Everybody Finds Out" by Fleetwood Mac
- "The Game of Love" by Santana
- "Here with Me" by Dido
- "Hunter" by Dido
- "Northern Star" by Melanie C
- "The Power of Good-Bye" by Madonna
- "To Have and Not to Hold" by Madonna
- "Little Star" by Madonna
- "You Get What You Give" by New Radicals
- "Thinking of You (I Drive Myself Crazy)" by NSYNC"
- "Falling into You" by Celine Dion
- "Body and Soul" by Anita Baker
- "Live Your Life Be Free" by Belinda Carlisle
- "Do You Feel Like I Feel?" by Belinda Carlisle
- "Leave a Light On" by Belinda Carlisle
- "La Luna" by Belinda Carlisle
- "Rooms on Fire" by Stevie Nicks
- "Long Way to Go" by Stevie Nicks
- "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" by Belinda Carlisle
- "I Can't Wait" by Stevie Nicks
- "Take You Home" by Dido
Nowels married singer-songwriter, Maria Vidal, in 1990. Vidal attended New York University and is known for writing the hit dance song, "Body Rock," charting on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The couple have a son, Tommy, born in 1993. Nowles is a supporter of TreePeople Los Angeles, The Sierra Club, and the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC).
Awards and nominations
|2014||Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Rey||Satellite Award for Best Original Song||Won||Co-writer|
|2004||White Flag||Ivor Novello Award for International Hit of the Year||Won||Co-writer|
ASCAP Pop Music Awards
|2014||The Game of Love by Santana ft. Michelle Branch||Song of the Year||Won||Co-writer|
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result||Ref.|
|2013||"Young And Beautiful"||Best Song Written for Visual Media||Nominated|||
|2003||"Love One Another"||Best Dance Recording||Nominated|
|1997||Falling into You||Album of the Year||Won|
|1994||"Body and Soul"||Best R&B Song||Nominated|
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