Born in England of Italian parents, Carmelo Luggeri was mainly self-taught with some classical training. It was whilst sitting on a beach in Italy that he first heard Santana’s ‘Samba Pa Ti’. He started playing the guitar and decided to pursue a career in music. He was signed to Bill Wyman’s Ripple Productions as a writer and artist collaborating with Bill on several projects. He worked with Julian Lennon and they co-wrote ‘OK For You’ on Julian’s album ‘Valotte’.
Working with comedian, television personality Billy Connolly he created the ‘Waltzin’ Matilda’ re-work used for the hugely successful 1995 ‘World Tour Of Australia’ TV series. In 1998 Carmelo produced the track ‘Stealin” for the film ‘Still Crazy’ starring Jimmy Nail. During a spell living in San Francisco, Carmelo produced and wrote tracks for the west coast soul outfit ‘SFO’ featuring vocalists Martin Scott and Rudi Wilburn from ‘Pride and Joy’.
Carmelo has also worked with US singer Andy Williams, Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company), Kenney Jones (The Faces, The Who), Ray Cooper (Elton John), Chris Rea and singer songwriter Ralph McTell.
Carmelo Luggeri met Kiki Dee when he produced a collection of bonus tracks for ‘The Very Best of Kiki Dee’ album, and, having hit it off musically, they took on a new musical direction together, playing acoustic concerts, starting with an appearance at The Royal Albert Hall for World AIDS Day in 1994 and their musical collaboration which led to their debut acoustic album ‘Almost Naked’ (1995) and UK tours. In 1998, they released their first album together: ‘Where Rivers Meet’.
In 2008, they followed this up with ‘The Walk Of Faith’, an album of original compositions and one cover version: Running Up That Hill. Their most recent release was 2013’s ‘A Place Where I Can Be’.