Warner/Chappell Music, the music publishing arm of Warner Music Group, has signed a deal with Matt Clifford, long time musical collaborator with Sir Mick Jagger and touring keyboard player with The Rolling Stones.
Clifford’s collaboration with The Rolling Stones and Sir Mick Jagger dates back to 1989 when he played on the Steel Wheels album and subsequent world tour. He then went on to become Jagger’s co-writer and producer on many projects, including the album Goddess In The Doorway. Earlier this year, Clifford and Jagger co-wrote two politically charged solo singles, ‘England Lost’ and ‘Gotta Get A Grip’.
Matt Clifford says: “It’s fantastic to be working with Mike Smith and the team at Warner/Chappell. I know that they’ll be able to support me in all my various projects, from my exciting work with Mick and the Stones to my composing of film and TV soundtracks.”
Mike Smith, Managing Director, Warner/Chappell Music UK, adds: “Matt is an incredibly versatile songwriter. While he’s well-known for his collaborations with Sir Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones, he also writes incredible soundtracks for film and TV. I’m so delighted that he’s choosing to work with us at Warner/Chappell.”
Away from the Stones, Matt has established himself as a leading composer for film, TV and theatre. Since 2003 he has arranged and produced the music for the UEFA Champions League and that has led to composing the UEFA Cup theme, UEFA SuperCup theme, the Six Nations Anthem, the official broadcast music for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the World Boxing Super Series theme and many more sports properties.
In 2015, he wrote ‘Look Into Your Heart’, a song to raise funds for victims of the Nepal earthquake performed by Jagger, Ronnie Wood and Beverley Knight.
Clifford has co-written, performed and produced with a wide range of artists including Brad Paisley, Jon Anderson, GTR, Julien Clerc, Daniel Balavoine, Francoise Hardy and Richard Ashcroft. He has also written numerous movie soundtracks, including The Return of the Living Dead and The Basket Case, and he composed Darcey Bussell’s last ballet The Red Shoes for Viva la Diva: Darcey Bussell and Katherine Jenkins.