Nile Rodgers

United States

Nile Rodgers Bio

Who is Nile Rodgers

American record producer, songwriter, musician, composer, arranger and guitarist. He is the lead guitarist and co-founding member with Bernard Edwards of the band Chic, which has been active since 1976 and was one of the most successful groups of the disco era.

Early Life (Childhood)

He began his career as a session guitarist in New York, touring with the Sesame Street band, led by Joe Raposo, in his teens, and then working in the house band at Harlem's world-famous Apollo Theater

Interesting Facts

In his teens Rodgers was a member of the Harlem chapter of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. He remains friendly with numerous former Panthers, including Professor Jamal Joseph.

Personal Life

With music all around him in his childhood, he tried out all of his school's band instruments, before a love of The Beatles and John Lennon drew him towards the electric guitar, and especially the Fender Stratocaster. He married Nancy Hunt.


Rodgers was presented with British GQ Magazine's ICON Of The Year Award on September 6, 2016.


In January 2011 Rodgers revealed on his website that he had aggressive prostate cancer, which had been diagnosed in October 2010.