Mykaell Riley’s music career started out in the late 70’s with Grammy award-winning reggae band Steel Pulse, he then went on to develop several bands prior to Britain’s first black orchestra, The Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra in the late 80’s. In the 90’s as a professional writer/producer, his work encompassed TV, Film and Theatre, but mainly albums, over twenty of them – resulting in over eleven top twenty positions, and three number ones. Mykaell has worked with a wide range of artists including Soul II Soul , Jamaroqui, Peter Andre, Bjork, East 17, Gabriel, Dina Carroll, Wet Wet Wet, Mark Morrison, The Chimes, China Black, Sly & Robbie, Shara Nelson, Baba Maal and Maxi Priest Dub Colossus to name but a few.
As Senior lecturer at University of Westminster, he has assisted in the development of the BA Commercial Music Course, over the last 15 years.More recently in association with the University of Westminster he has established, The National Centre for Black Music Research (UK). He is also an educational consultant and advisor for the music industry, arts organisations, Open University, City University, South Themes College, and is external examiner for Leeds College of music and a Fellow of Arts & Business & Royal Society for the Arts.
Mykaell Riley Head of Music Production – www.mykaellriley.co.uk
Director – Centre for Black Music Research UK – www.cbmr.eu
University of Westminster, Harrow Campus, Northwick Park HA1 3TP – www.westminster.ac.uk/