|Born||15 March 1963|
Nellee Hooper (born 15 March 1963) is a British record producer, remixer and songwriter known for his work with many major recording artists beginning in the late 1980s. He also debuted as a motion picture music composer with Scottish composer Craig Armstrong and Marius De Vries for the soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet in 1996.
Hooper has produced six Grammy Award-winning albums for artists including Smashing Pumpkins, U2 (best song and album), Soul II Soul, and Sinéad O'Connor. He has been awarded Q's Best Producer award and twice been Music Week Producer of the Year.
Born in Bristol, Hooper began his career in 1982 as a percussionist and backing vocalist with Bristol post-punk band Maximum Joy. He later became a DJ as a member of The Wild Bunch, the Bristol-based sound system and group that became Massive Attack.
Between 1989 and 1992, he produced the debut album for Soul II Soul ( Club Classics Vol. I ) and Björk's first outing ( Debut ),which in 1995 Mixmag magazine ranked the 31st and 3rd best dance albums of all time , as well as Massive Attack's second album ( Protection ).
The 1995 BRIT Awards honoured Hooper as Best Producer for his work on Massive Attack's Protection , Björk's Post and Madonna's Bedtime Stories albums.
In 1998 he won a BAFTA Award (Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music) for his work arranging the score and soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet.
In the late 1990s Hooper set up the Meanwhile, imprint, which is a subsidiary of Virgin Records.
Hooper continued to work steadily into the 2000s. He received a Grammy nomination in 2003 for his work on No Doubt's Rock Steady and Lamya's Learning from Falling albums. His other work has included producing the singles "GoldenEye" (1995) for Tina Turner, "Under the Bridge" (1998) for All Saints and "Down Boy" (2002) for Holly Valance as well as providing remixes for artists like Janet Jackson and Sade.
He has worked with Gwen Stefani on her solo albums and on U2's 2004 release How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb , for which he won a Grammy Award. He also produced the debut solo album of Andrea Corr of The Corrs, titled Ten Feet High , released on 25 June 2007. It sold one million copies.
Hooper produced the full-length debut album for Disney actress/singer Emily Osment, Fight Or Flight in 2010.
In 2011 Hooper produced Paloma Faith's Fall to Grace ,nominated for two Brit awards for Best Female and Album of the Year.
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Soul II Soul's 1989 Album Club Classics Vol. One (known as "Keep on Movin'" in the US), produced by Hooper, was awarded two Grammys: "Back to Life" won Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and "African Dance" won Best R&B Instrumental Song.
Sinead O'Connor took the Best Alternative Music Performance Grammy for her album I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got .
Single The End Is the Beginning Is the End won the Best Hard Rock Performance award at the 1997 Grammys.
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb won Album of the Year at the 2006 Grammys. The single "Sometimes You Can't Make it on Your Own" won two awards; Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Song of the Year.
Nellee Hooper was responsible for the BAFTA award-winning soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet in 1996. He worked with Scottish composer Craig Armstrong and English composer Marius van Wyk de Vries. It was Hooper's first and only motion picture score. Hooper armed the soundtrack with sequences of bombastic choral and flamboyant orchestral forces, and fused it with his well-known hip hop, electronica and trip hop genres. Hooper since has not been active in the motion picture industry.
Trip hop is a musical genre that originated in the early 1990s in the United Kingdom, especially Bristol. It has been described as "a fusion of hip hop and electronica until neither genre is recognizable", and may incorporate a variety of styles, including funk, dub, soul, psychedelia, R&B, and house, as well as other forms of electronic music. Trip hop can be highly experimental.
Moulin Rouge! is a 2001 jukebox musical romantic drama film directed, co-produced, and co-written by Baz Luhrmann. The film tells the story of a young English poet/writer, Christian, who falls in love with the star of the Moulin Rouge, cabaret actress and courtesan Satine. It uses the musical setting of the Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France. The film is the third part of Luhrmann's "Red Curtain Trilogy," following Strictly Ballroom and Romeo + Juliet.
Bazmark “Baz” Luhrmann is an Australian director, writer, and producer with projects spanning film, television, opera, theatre, music, and recording industries. He is regarded by many as a contemporary example of an auteur for his style and deep involvement in the writing, directing, design, and musical components of all his work. He is the most commercially successful Australian director, with four of his films in the top ten highest worldwide grossing Australian films of all time.
Debut is the debut studio album by Icelandic recording artist Björk as an international singer, released in July 1993 by One Little Indian and Elektra Entertainment. It was produced by Björk and Nellee Hooper. It was Björk's first recording following the dissolution of her previous band, the Sugarcubes. The album departed from the rock style of her previous work and drew from an eclectic variety of styles, including electronic pop, house music, jazz and trip hop.
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Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is the third studio album by American alternative rock band the Smashing Pumpkins, released on October 23, 1995 in the United Kingdom and a day later in the United States on Virgin Records. Produced by frontman Billy Corgan with Flood and Alan Moulder, the 28-track album was released as a two-disc CD and triple LP. The album features a wide array of styles, as well as greater musical input from bassist D'arcy Wretzky and second guitarist James Iha.
Post is the second studio album by Icelandic recording artist Björk, released on 13 June 1995 in the United Kingdom by One Little Indian and in the United States by Elektra Entertainment. Whereas Björk's previous album Debut (1993) was produced almost entirely by Nellee Hooper, Björk produced Post herself with co-producers including Hooper, 808 State's Graham Massey, and former Massive Attack member Tricky.
Craig Armstrong, is a Scottish composer of modern orchestral music, electronica and film scores. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 1981, and has since written music for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta.
Howie Weinberg is an American 15 X Grammy Award-Winning mastering engineer with 32 Grammy nominations. He has over 200 Gold and Platinum records. He has over 19 K credits according to AllMusic, over 28 billion streams, and has been awarded 4 TEC Awards, 2 Juno Awards and 1 Mercury Prize Award.
Ten Feet High is Andrea Corr's debut solo album. Previously titled Present, the album was produced by Nellee Hooper whose credits include U2, Gwen Stefani, Madonna, and Björk and was executively produced by U2's Bono. String arrangements were by Anne Dudley and Michael Jennings. The album was released on 25 June 2007 with the lead single "Shame on You " released on 18 June 2007.
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Fall to Grace is the second studio album by English recording artist Paloma Faith. It was released by RCA Records on 28 May 2012. She worked on the album with producer Nellee Hooper, who previously worked with artists such as Madonna, Björk, Massive Attack, and Gwen Stefani. Fall to Grace features production styles crossing the genres of pop, soul and R&B. The album was received positively by most critics. A deluxe edition was released the same day, which contains acoustic versions of five songs from the album.
Simon Gogerly is a British audio engineer with credits including artists such as U2, Paloma Faith, No Doubt and Massive Attack.
Yolanda Quartey, known professionally as Yola or Yola Carter, is an English musician, singer and songwriter from Bristol, England. She became the lead singer of the band Phantom Limb, who released their first album in 2010. She has sung backing vocals for numerous artists including Massive Attack, The Chemical Brothers and Iggy Azalea. Yola received four nominations at the 62nd Grammy Awards, including the all-genre Best New Artist category.