Nile Rodgers is the gatekeeper of groove. Wearing CHANEL for his Schön! 45 story, he chats the morning after his 71st birthday bash, which popped off on the final night of his North American tour with Duran Duran. The entire arena surprised him with a Happy Birthday sing-along upon the final chord of his performance. Simon Le Bon was waiting with a gift of pearls – a Rodgers’ emblem – saying, “What’s better than a string of pearls? Two strings of pearls.” Rodgers says, “It was literally the greatest birthday of my life.”
Even if you don’t know him by name, he’s certainly made you move. Nile Rodgers is who superstars call when they want to go higher. He has collaborated with an astounding array of artists; in the ‘80s he produced Duran Duran’s biggest single The Reflex and, most recently, his teamwork with Beyoncé for Cuff It became her longest-charting single, enjoying 35 weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100. How does this alchemist weave guitar strings into gold? “Every morning I wake up with a song in my head,” he tells us. “It’s nothing that I try to do.” He finds hidden gems in everyday life, saying, “Every song I’ve written has been nonfiction based. It’s something that I see, something that I feel.”
Rogers is a symbol of resilience, creativity and the unifying power of music. His contributions to the industry have earned him numerous accolades, including induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and multiple Grammy Awards. But perhaps the most remarkable thing about Nile Rodgers is his ability to make us dance, smile and feel alive with his music. His groove is the heartbeat of countless parties, the soundtrack to unforgettable memories and a source of joy for millions.
Nile Rodgers’ podcast Deep Hidden Meaning is on Apple Music.
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