Born: June 13th, 1955, Bristol (United Kingdom)
Since the early 1980s, Nigel Wright has been a producer, arranger, songwriter, and sound engineer. The first act he successfully produced was jazz funk band Shakatak. Wright also released disco medleys under the pseudonyms Enigma (‘Ain’t no stopping’, 1981), Mirage, and Mojo. Other artists for which he worked, include Barbra Streisand, Take That, Sarah Brightman, and Boyzone. He produced five UK number one hits and over forty top twenty successes. For Andrew Lloyd Webber, he has produced several of his musicals, including ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ (1991) and ‘Evita’ (1996). Wright co-produced ‘You must love me’, which was written for Madonna and part of the soundtrack of the movie version of Evita; in 1997, it won the Oscar for best original song in a film. Since 2004, he has worked as a musical director in various televised talent shows, including X Factor.
Nigel Wright was involved in arranging and conducting two Eurovision entries: firstly, in 1992, he helped the Icelandic group Heart 2 Heart with their song ‘Nei eða já’ by adding the finishing touch to the arrangement which had been written in Iceland by Jon Kjell Seljeseth and two members of the group. In the festival final in Malmö, Wright conducted the orchestra for the Icelanders, who finished seventh. One year later, he produced, arranged, and conducted the UK entry ‘Better the devil you know’, performed by Sonia; this song finished second behind Ireland’s Niamh Kavanagh and her ‘In your eyes’.
In due course, a more extensive biography of Nigel Wright will be published on this website
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