|Richard Wright Nowels Jr.|
|Born||Palo Alto, California, United States|
|Instruments||Guitars, keyboards, bass|
Richard "Rick" Wright Nowels Jr. is an American songwriter and record producer. He is a multi-instrumentalist and has written with, or had his songs recorded by a number of artists including Lana Del Rey, Adele, Kesha, Marina and the Diamonds, Lykke Li, Jamie xx, Brandon Flowers, Madonna, Cee-Lo Green, Sia, Dido, New Radicals,Rod Stewart, Nelly Furtado, John Legend and Andre 3000, Tiesto, Santana, Tupac Shakur, Fleetwood Mac, Belinda Carlisle, Melanie C, Geri Halliwell and Stevie Nicks.
Nowels co-wrote the title track for Celine Dion's album Falling into You, which won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1997. He also co-wrote the track "White Flag" for Dido, which won the 2004 Ivor Novello Award for International Hit of the Year.
In 1985, Stevie Nicks recorded Nowels' song "I Can't Wait" in Los Angeles, giving Rick his first major songwriting and production credit. He was later asked to co-produce Nicks' album Rock a Little alongside Jimmy Iovine. The album was released in 1986 and featured 5 songs produced by Nowels. "I Can't Wait" peaked at number 16 for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and is one of only four of Nicks' singles to enter the Dance Club Songs chart.
In 1987, Nowels produced Belinda Carlisle's album Heaven on Earth. The album also featured four songs written by Nowels, including "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" and "Circle in the Sand," which went to number one and number two respectively, on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
While Nowels was in New York for the Grammy Awards in 1997, he met Madonna during a shopping expedition at Barneys. She later booked two weeks' worth of writing time with Rick in his Hollywood Hills studio. Together they wrote "The Power of Good-Bye," "Little Star," and "To Have and Not to Hold", all featured on Madonna's seventh studio album, Ray of Light.
Ray of Light won Best Pop Album at the 1998 Grammy Awards, where Madonna thanked Nowels from the stage during her acceptance speech. The album also won Best Recording Package, Best Dance Recording, and Best Short Form Music Video.
Nowels met Dido in 1999 where she was making her debut album No Angel under Cheeky Records, an independent label in London. Rick co-produced three songs on her first album including "Here With Me," "Hunter," and "All You Want," all which were released as singles to promote the album. "Here With Me" became Dido's debut single as an artist, peaking at number four in the UK Singles Chart. The album No Angel went on to sell 15 million copies worldwide and made Dido an international superstar.
In 2002, Rick and Dido collaborated again to produce her second album Life For Rent. Nowels wrote five songs featured on the album, including singles "White Flag" and "Sand in My Shoes." The album became the seventh best-selling album of the 2000s in the UK, was nominated for a Grammy, won the award for "Best Single" at the 2004 Brit Awards, won "International Hit of the Year" at the 2004 Ivor Novello Awards, and other accolades.
Nowels met Lana Del Rey in the spring of 2011. 
In a three day writing session they composed, "Summertime Sadness," "Dark Paradise," "Lucky Ones," and "TV in Black & White." The three songs were released on Del Rey's 2012 Born To Die album, peaking at number one in the UK in 2012. The album sold 77,000 copies in the US within the first week and peaked at number two on the Billboard Top 200, just behind Adele's album, 21. It received gold certification in 2013 and became the fifth best-selling album of 2012, selling 3.4 million copies.
In 2013, Nowels and Del Rey's song, "Young and Beautiful," was featured in Baz Luhrmann's film, The Great Gatsby. The song was featured throughout the film and incorporated into the score by Craig Armstrong. "Young and Beautiful," was released in April 2013. By June 2013 it rose to number three on the charts and has sold over a million copies since its release.
In 2015, Del Rey released her fourth studio album, Honeymoon. The entire album was co-written by Del Rey and Nowels with the exception of the cover, "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood." Del Rey and Nowels' singles include, "High by the Beach," as well as, "Music To Watch Boys To." Honeymoon, debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 and reached number one in Australia, Greece, Ireland, and number two in the UK.
In 2017, Del Rey released her fifth studio album, Lust For Life. Del Rey and Nowels co-wrote 14 of the songs for the album including the 3 singles, "Love," "Lust For Life," ft. the Weeknd and "White Mustang." The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album. It debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, as well as the UK Albums Chart.