Who is Nigel Stonier?
'A GREAT SONG WILL LITERALLY RENDER ME UNABLE TO SIT STILL...'
Nigel Stonier is a producer, multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter/co-writer and since the 90s he has worn the above hats in various combinations with a range of artists including Thea Gilmore, The Waterboys, Joan Baez, Martha Wainwright, Fairport Convention.
Between 2009 and 2013 he has produced a total - for various artistes - of twelve tracks playlisted on BBC Radio2 and 6 Music, eight of these tracks having been on the A list.
Since scoring a publishing contract when aged 17 Nigel has been an active and busy musician, initially attracting national radio attention with the band Northern Sky then setting his stall out as a producer/collaborator.
With roots in acoustic music, pop and rock - and a passion for many different styles of music, Nigel has collaborated with iconic UK roots acts such as Lindisfarne (produced and co-writing two albums) Fairport Convention (co-writing an album), and also in the early stages of his career writing with and producing award winning jazz singer and BBC Radio presenter Clare Teal. With Teal he composed "Messin With Fire" which went on to be a cornerstone of the soundtrack to smash hit UK comedy film "Confetti".
He also wrote with Rod Clements the top 40 hit single for Erin Rocha "Can't Do Right For Doing Wrong".
In the 1990s Stonier forged the most enduring relationship of his career when he met Thea Gilmore, then a student in North Oxfordshire. He has since produced all of her albums, and become her stage guitarist and MD.
Several Gilmore albums have charted, and Stonier has co-written with Thea such songs as "You're The Radio" "That'll Be Christmas" and "Start As We Mean To Go On", all A listed at Radio 2.
In 2012 the song "London" which Gilmore and Stonier were commissioned to write while working with the late Sandy Denny's lyrics, became a huge success when used extensively by BBC TV for their coverage of the Olympic Games.
The following year Thea's single "Love Came Looking For Me" again co-written with Nigel, taken from the top 40 album "Regardless" was used as the "Today At Wimbledon" theme during the All England tennis championships in June.
As well as producing and collaborating with internationally established names, however, Stonier has a track record - and a passion - for helping new undiscovered acts move along in the business. In 2009 North Yorkshire band Katy Lied saw their first single - produced and co-written by Nigel - go straight onto the Radio 2 playlist beore they had even played a gig!
And in 2013 singer/songwriter Fran Smith received extensive national airplay and a prestigious slot on the BBC Introducing stage at Hyde Park on the back of her debut EP, which Nigel produced.
More recently, 21 year old singer Abbie Ozard received extensive BBC 6 Music AirPlay with her Nigel produced debut single, and all without the aid of either record label or publicist.
He has released six solo albums, and in 2014 his song "I Hope I Always" became one of the most requested records on BBC Radio 2.
Iconic presenter Bob Harris was moved to label it "the song of the year" and the album "Built For Storms", from which the track was taken, hit the top 10 in the iTunes singer/songwriters chart.
Since then Nigel has performed solo as a guest on BBC Radio 2 several times.
His 7th solo album "Navigate" is released February 1st 2019.