I became a professional writer/artist/producer at age 17, when I wrote a nationally syndicated theme song. That was a kickstart to a varied and good career. Classically trained on piano, as a young teen, I rebelled and got into jazz, RnB and black gospel - picking up bass and guitar along the way. I'm a MIDI whiz and expert in computer music and digital audio.
When it comes to musical styles, survival in the business taught me how to be versatile - but my heart beats for soul, pop, RnB and orchestral. I've worked for ad agencies, record labels, publishers, other music producers, and countless indie and label artists from coast to coast. Check out my site, my music and if you're feelin' it - let's make some music together!
Michael Nelson Rizzo
Get A Taste Of My Music
Not doing too much with music and I'm quite fine with that! I still get quarterly TV credits from all over the place - kinda wild sometimes. One of my cuts was in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2018 and that was cool. Once in a while, I'll produce custom music to go with some of the videos we produce at AMPLiFY Communication Design, but I'm mostly playing piano and guitar for my own enjoyment. Even so, I've written (genesis of ideas) hundreds of cool motifs and progressions that I hope see the light of day in coming years. I also give advice to a lot of musicians, young and old. I'm quite content but still believe my best music I have yet to produce. I just haven't been craving to do it.
Continuing music licensing for network and cable TV, YouTube, etc; producing music for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia projects; "loosely" managing some artists in Philly and in Portland, OR. A highlight was producing a big band swing track (with REAL brasss!) for a Jimmy Kimmel Oscars promo. Andrea Giovinazzo is on vocals. Brass arranged by Don Hart. Special thanks to Erik G for the gig.
I've had continuing and repeat credits on shows and some new ones like: GOLF Channel, US Open, FOX Sports, UFC Best of 2013 and NBC Sports, Match Of The Day, Premier League Live and a highlight for me - 2014 Winter Olympic Games.