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Nellee Hooper
Birth namePaul Andrew Hooper
Born (1963-03-15) 15 March 1963 (age 60)
Bristol, England
Formerly of

Nellee Hooper (born Paul Andrew Hooper;[1] 15 March 1963) is a British record producer, remixer and songwriter known for his work with many major recording artists beginning in the late 1980s. He also debuted as a motion picture music composer with Scottish composer Craig Armstrong and Marius de Vries for the soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet in 1996.

Hooper has produced seven Grammy Award-winning recordings for artists including Smashing Pumpkins, U2, Soul II Soul, and Sinéad O'Connor. He has been awarded Q's Best Producer award and twice been Music Week Producer of the Year.


Born in Bristol, Hooper began his career in 1982 as a percussionist and backing vocalist with Bristol post-punk band Maximum Joy. He later became a DJ as a member of The Wild Bunch, the Bristol-based sound system and group that became Massive Attack.[2]

Between 1989 and 1992, he produced albums for Soul II Soul (Club Classics Vol. I), Sinéad O'Connor (I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got), and Björk's first outing (Debut),[3] which in 1995 Mixmag magazine ranked the 31st and 3rd best dance albums of all time,[4] as well as Massive Attack's second album (Protection).

The 1995 BRIT Awards honoured Hooper as Best Producer for his work on Massive Attack's Protection, Björk's Post and Madonna's Bedtime Stories albums.[5]

In 1998, he won a BAFTA Award (Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music) for his work arranging the score and soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet.[6]

In the late 1990s, Hooper set up the Meanwhile... label, which is a subsidiary of Virgin Records.[7]

Hooper continued to work steadily into the 2000s. He received a Grammy nomination in 2003 for his work on No Doubt's Rock Steady and Lamya's Learning from Falling albums. His other work has included producing the singles "GoldenEye" (1995) for Tina Turner, "Under the Bridge" (1998) for All Saints and "Down Boy" (2002) for Holly Valance as well as providing remixes for artists like Janet Jackson and Sade.

He has worked with Gwen Stefani on her solo albums and on U2's 2004 release How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, for which he won a Grammy Award. He also produced the debut solo album of Andrea Corr of The Corrs, titled Ten Feet High, released on 25 June 2007. It sold one million copies.

Hooper produced the full-length debut album for Disney actress/singer Emily Osment, Fight Or Flight in 2010.[8]

In 2011, Hooper produced Paloma Faith's Fall to Grace,[9] nominated for two Brit awards for Best Female and Album of the Year.


Grammy winners[edit]

Soul II Soul 1989
Soul II Soul's 1989 Album Club Classics Vol. One (known as Keep on Movin’ in the US), produced by Hooper, was awarded two Grammys: "Back to Life" won Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and "African Dance" won Best R&B Instrumental Song.

Sinead O'Connor 1991
Sinéad O'Connor took the Best Alternative Music Performance Grammy for her album I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got.

Smashing Pumpkins 1997
Single The End Is the Beginning Is the End won the Best Hard Rock Performance award at the 1997 Grammys.

U2 2006
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb won Album of the Year at the 2006 Grammys. The single "Sometimes You Can't Make it on Your Own" won two awards; Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Song of the Year.

Romeo + Juliet Score[edit]

Nellee Hooper was responsible for the BAFTA award-winning soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet in 1996. He worked with Scottish composer Craig Armstrong and English composer Marius van Wyk de Vries. It was Hooper's first and only motion picture score. Hooper armed the soundtrack with sequences of bombastic choral and flamboyant orchestral forces, and fused it with his well-known hip hop, electronica and trip hop genres. Hooper since has not been active in the motion picture industry.


In 2021, Hooper joined Tone a venture capital firm, as an advisor alongside Gee Roberson, the former Chairman of Geffen Records, and manager of Kanye West. [10] [11]

Selected production credits[edit]


  1. ^ Graham Betts. "Soul II Soul" entry in Complete UK Hit Albums, 1956-2005. Collins, 2005. p. 379. ISBN 9780007205325
  2. ^ "Bristol's The Wild Bunch". Red Bull Music Academy. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  3. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Nellee Hooper". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Mixmag - Best dance albums of all time". Mixmag. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Nellee Hooper". BBC. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Film. Anthony Asquith Award for Original Film Music in 1998". BAFTA. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Meanwhile..." Discogs. Retrieved 2 November 2020.
  8. ^ "Fight or Flight – Emily Osment | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
  9. ^ "Paloma Faith Fall to Grace Review". BBC. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  10. ^ "Betting Big On NFTs: Throne Lists 'THN' Becomes $90 Million Asset Overnight". Forbes.
  11. ^ "Music Producer Nellee Hooper Takes Leading Role at NFT Venture Throne Alongside Music Executive Gee Roberson (EXCLUSIVE)". 13 August 2021.

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