Chieli Minucci (born April 17, 1958 in Huntington, New York) is an American adult contemporary, smooth jazz guitarist, composer, music producer, and arranger of Italian descent.

Minucci was born in New York City and is primarily known as the leader of the Grammy-nominated contemporary jazz group Special EFX. [2] His father, Ulpio Minucci (concert pianist/composer) wrote the music to the 1955 hit song "Domani," as well as "A Thousand Thoughts of You," and "Felicia" (both sung by Nat King Cole).

Minucci with George Jinda & Special EFX have recorded 26 CDs, 8 of those being solo releases. Minucci has recorded and performed with top pop artists such as Celine Dion, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Lopez, Jewel, Mark Anthony, Jessica Simpson, Anastacia and others, as well as jazz artists Roseanna Vitro,[3] Marion Meadows, Jay Beckenstein, Gerald Veasley, Lao Tizer, Nestor Torres, Bob Baldwin, and many others.

Also known as a composer for television and film, Minucci was nominated for several Daytime Emmy Awards and has won three, in 1998, 2007, and most recently in 2008, for his compositional work on CBS's The Guiding Light. He has written music for well-known programs such as Good Morning America (theme), Bloomberg Radio (theme), Access Hollywood, The 700 Club, and others.

Minucci composed and produced the soundtrack for the two Live Nation/Nickelodeon live stage productions of the hit TV series, Dora the Explorer (both "Dora's Pirate Adventure" and "The City of Lost Toys"), which are currently touring internationally. He also wrote and recorded songs for the live stage production of the long-running British children's television show, Thomas & Friends Live! - 'Thomas Saves The Day!' and 'A Circus Comes to Town'.

Minucci's "Kickin' it Hard" is also featured as the prime hold music on Verizon's conference audio bridge system.


with Special EFX

  • 1984: Special EFX GRP Records
  • 1985: Modern Manners GRP Records
  • 1986: Slice of Life GRP Records
  • 1987: Mystique GRP Records
  • 1988: Double Feature GRP Records
  • 1989: Confidential GRP Records
  • 1990: Just Like Magic GRP Records
  • 1991: Peace of the World GRP Records
  • 1992: Global Village GRP Records
  • 1993: Collection GRP Records
  • 1993: Play JVC Records
  • 1994: Catwalk JVC Records
  • 1995: Body Language JVC Records
  • 1997: Here to Stay JVC Records (without Chieli Minucci)[4]
  • 1999: Masterpiece Shanachie
  • 2001: Butterfly Shanachie
  • 2003: Party Shanachie
  • 2006: A Night with Chieli Minucci & Special EFX Shanachie
  • 2007: Sweet Surrender Shanachie
  • 2010: Without You Shanachie
  • 2013: Genesis Shanachie

Solo albums

  • 1994: Jewels JVC Records
  • 1996: Renaissance JVC Records
  • 1998: It's Gonna Be Good JVC Records
  • 2000: Sweet on You Shanachie
  • 2003: Night Grooves Shanachie
  • 2005: Got It Goin' On Shanachie
  • 2008: Travels Watchfire Music [6]
  • 2009: East Of The Sun Shanachie