Chic co-founder, hitmaker and 2016 Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee,  Nile Rodgers, has been unanimously elected by the Board of Directors to serve as the organization’s chairman for the next three years. He is picking up where Philadelphia International / soul music architects’ Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff left off.

Rodgers, who is preparing for the September 14th release of It’s About Time, Chic’s first new album in 26 years, said in a statement, “I am truly honored and beyond humbled to be elected by such an esteemed group as this illustrious board. I will try and serve with all my heart. I hope I can make you half as proud of me as I am to even sit in the room with you who’ve done so much for the furtherance of composition. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve the songwriting community.”

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Linda Moran, President and CEO of the organization, said about Rodgers, “Nile is respected and admired by his fans and his peers alike for his multi/cross-genre music and for being a musical pioneer… More importantly, Nile’s eloquence in talking about songwriting and its process makes him the ideal voice for the songwriting community as Chairman of the SHOF.”

In addition to Chic’s iconic pop singles “Le Freak” and “Good Times” Nile has penned (and produced) mega-hits for the likes of Sister Sledge, Diana Ross, David Bowie, Madonna, INXS, Duran Duran and Daft Punk, among others.

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