I became a professional writer/artist/producer at age 17, when I wrote a nationally syndicated theme song. That was a kickstart to a varied and good career. Classically trained on piano, as a young teen, I rebelled and got into jazz, RnB and black gospel - picking up bass and guitar along the way. I'm a MIDI whiz and expert in computer music and digital audio.

When it comes to musical styles, survival in the business taught me how to be versatile - but my heart beats for soul, pop, RnB and orchestral. I've worked for ad agencies, record labels, publishers, other music producers, and countless indie and label artists from coast to coast. Check out my site, my music and if you're feelin' it - let's make some music together!

Michael Nelson Rizzo


Get A Taste Of My Music

  1. 1 Jimmy Kimmel 2015 Oscar Week 00:40 Info
  2. 2 Champion's Destiny 02:07 Your price

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  5. 5 Gonna Be Allright - Ron Curtis 03:33 Info
  6. 6 Peace for Martha 01:24 Info
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Getting ready to launch a newer model for singer-songwriters/producers/creators to make a living from their music and brand. Record labels are the old way. This will be a new way and fair way. If you're interested, join my list to stay informed.  


Continuing music licensing for network and cable TV, YouTube, etc; producing music for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia projects; "loosely" managing some artists in Philly and in Portland, OR. A highlight was producing a big band swing track (with REAL brasss!) for a Jimmy Kimmel Oscars promo. Andrea Giovinazzo is on vocals. Brass arranged by Don Hart. Special thanks to Erik G for the gig.


I've had continuing and repeat credits on shows and some new ones like: GOLF Channel, US Open, FOX Sports, UFC Best of 2013 and NBC Sports, Match Of The Day, Premier League Live and a highlight for me - 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

2013 Wrap Up

There were a number of independent artists and songs we worked on as well as produced branding music for clients from Seattle to Canada to Virginia. Here is one video I want to highlight. It's the new brand Teadora. We did the sound design and music for it. Visit www.TeadoraBeauty.com for more info. 
2013 1st Qtr Highlight : "Movie 43" uses music from Epic Soul for network TV trailer.  

"Movie 43" is an upcoming comedy film produced by Charles B. Wessler, written by Rocky Russo, Jeremy Sosenko and Patrik Forsberg. The film will feature segments directed by Patrik Forsberg and Peter Farrelly and co-directed by Elizabeth Banks, Steven Brill, Steve Carr, Rusty Cundieff, James Duffy, Griffin Dunne, James Gunn, Bob Odenkirk and Brett Ratner. It's starring Halle Berry, Gerard Butler, Anna Faris, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Seann William Scott, Emma Stone and Kate Winslet, among others. 
2012 4th Qtr : "Finding Oregon" becomes a VIMEO 'Staff Pick.'

FINDING OREGON breaks 500,000 views on Vimeo.
I was excited when filmmakers Ben, John, and Steve from Uncage The Soul Productions wanted to use a composition of mine, originally written for my licensing agency, Sonic Librarian. The result – remixed and renamed “Oregon Mist” - is the musical driver of this stunning visual project, FINDING OREGON. (See it on my VIDEO page.)

From this production, I am
offering a mini-collection of “Oregon Mist” in various remixes - plus one bonus song of a similar style. I also have piano sheet music available. And please sign up for the mailing list. Thanks. ~ Michael Nelson Rizzo


 Once again, the video gurus at Uncage The Soul and I, created a powerful timelapse video together. (See it on my VIDEO page.) This time for Turtle Island, an all-inclusive, private island with room for only 14 couples at a time.

As we started the project, I had no video to score the music to, since it was a music driven piece and they needed finished music to edit picture to. How to begin? I had us all sketch out an "emotional time-map" and I went to work.
This video is the finished product and was premiered at a local launch party for the new campaign. I actually saw the video for the first time that night, as the music had been finished for weeks.

The final and alternate mixes are available for sale here > TURTLE ISLAND. ~ Michael Nelson Rizzo 

Here is a quick list that includes recent teasers, trailers, promos, scoring, pitches and in-show usage. 

ABC "Scandal"FOX "So You Think You Can Dance?"
ABC "Castle"
DuPont - Various corporate training videos
E! “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”Fuel TV “UFC Ultimate Insider”
MTV “Extreme Cribs”
Outdoor Channel “Benelli On Assignment”
Travel Channel “Bizarre Foods”
MTV “My Super Sweet 16”
ABC “Americas  Got Talent”
MTV  “Pimp My Ride”
FOX Sports “Ultimate Fighting Championship - Bad Blood Chuck Liddell Vs”
Dr Steve O
...and more...

2011 - 2012

NBC "The Voice"
EA "Kings Of Amalur : Reckoning" / non-final
NBC "Harry's Law"
NBC "Prime Suspect"
Dave's Killer Bread 2012 
NBC "Law & Order - SVU"
NBC " Chuck"
NBC "Minute To Win It"
Nature Bake "Oregon Grains"
ABC "Scandal"
Ricki Lake Theme / non-final
Nature : The Himalayas
The Force
MTV "Pimp My Ride"
CBS "Person Of Interest"
DuPont - various
Wii "Living"
E! "Keeping Up With The Kardashians"
MTV "Extreme Cribs"
MTV "My Sweet 16"
Turtle Island Resort - Promo 2012
2010 - 2011
NBC "Celebrity Apprentice" Season Finale 
NBC "Who Do You Think You Are?" : Brooke Shields
DISNEY "Bambi" BlueRay Release
Dave's Killer Bread "Blues Buns" Animation
ABC "Brothers & Sisters" 2 Hour Movie Special
NBC "Chuck"
DuPont "Harassment"
ABC "Detroit 157"
ABC "Castle"
DuPont "Title???"
E! "Keeping Up With The Kardashians"
MTV "My Super Sweet 16"
MTV "Pimp My Ride"
Travel "Bizarre Foods"
NBC "Law & Order"
ABC "Grey's Anatomy"
NBC "The Tonight Show w Conan O'Brien"
ABC "Happy Town"
© 2017 Michael Nelson Rizzo. ARR.