Multiple Grammy-winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist Nile Rodgers has been elected chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) by the SHOF board of directors at the organization’s annual board meeting.
Also the legendary co-founder of disco/funk group Chic, Rodgers will now serve as SHOF chairman for the three-year term that follows that of the celebrated songwriting team of Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff.
“Nile is respected and admired by his fans and his peers alike for his multi/cross-genre music and for being a musical pioneer,” said SHOF president/CEO Linda Moran. “More importantly, Nile’s eloquence in talking about songwriting and its process makes him the ideal voice for the songwriting community as Chairman of the SHOF.”
Rodgers was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2016, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the following year. His work in Chic and his productions for artists like David Bowie, Diana Ross, and Madonna have sold over 500 million albums and 75 million singles worldwide, and he has remained contemporary with his collaborations with Daft Punk, Avicii, Sigala, Disclosure, and Sam Smith. He was recently appointed the first ever chief creative advisor for England’s historic Abbey Road Studios.
“I am truly honored and beyond humbled to be elected by such an esteemed group as this illustrious board,” said Rodgers. “I will try and serve with all my heart. I hope I can make you half as proud of me as I am to even sit in the room with you who’ve done so much for the furtherance of composition. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve the songwriting community.”