Dominic Miller

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Dominic Miller
At Pori Jazz, 2006
At Pori Jazz, 2006
Background information
Birth nameDominic James Miller
Born (1960-03-21) 21 March 1960 (age 63)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
OriginRacine, Wisconsin[clarification needed]
GenresRock, pop, classical, jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
Years active1980–present
LabelsNaim, Decca, ACT, Q-rious, ECM

Dominic James Miller (born 21 March 1960) is an Argentine-born guitarist. With much of his career as a sideman and guitarist for singer Sting, he has also released several solo albums.


Miller was born in Hurlingham, Argentina to an Irish-born mother and an American-born father who worked for Johnson Wax.[1] When he was ten, his family moved to Racine, Wisconsin, where the Johnson headquarters was located, and moved to London two years later.[2] Returning to Racine, at fifteen, he performed publicly for the first time at a club in Racine as the only white person in a soul music band.[3] He moved to London and studied at Guildhall School of Music, then returned to the U.S. and took a summer course at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.[1] He also took lessons from Brazilian guitarist Sebastião Tapajós.

In the 1980s, Miller toured as a guitarist for World Party and King Swamp. As a session musician he recorded with the Pretenders, Phil Collins, Paul Young, and Level 42. Since 1991, he has recorded and toured with Sting.[4][5] He co-wrote the hit song "Shape of My Heart" with Sting. He released his debut solo album, First Touch, in 1995, followed by Second Nature and Third World.[6]

In 2003 he released the classical album Shapes, with interpretations of Bach, Beethoven, Edward Elgar, and Tomaso Albinoni.[7]

His son Rufus (b. June 1985 in Hammersmith), also a guitarist, has recently joined the band.[8]


  • The Latin/Jazz Guitars of Dominic Miller and Dylan Fowler (Music Factory, 1984)
  • Music by David Heath & Dominic Miller (Grapevine, 1985)
  • First Touch (EarthBeat!, 1995)
  • Second Nature (Rutis/BMG, 1999)
  • New Dawn with Neil Stacey (Naim, 2002)
  • Shapes (Decca, 2004)
  • Third World (Alula, 2005)
  • Fourth Wall (Q-Rious, 2006)
  • In a Dream with Peter Kater (Point of Light, 2008)
  • November (Q-Rious, 2010)
  • 5th House (Q-Rious, 2012)
  • Ad Hoc (Q-Rious, 2014)
  • Hecho en Cuba with Manolito Simonet (Q-Rious, 2016)
  • Silent Light (ECM, 2017)
  • Absinthe (ECM, 2019)
  • Vagabond (ECM, 2023)

As sideman or guest[edit]

With Chris Botti

With Julia Fordham

With Vlado Georgiev

With King Swamp

With Level 42

With Eddi Reader

With Soraya

With Sting

With William Topley

  • Black River (1997)
  • Mixed Blessing (1998)
  • Spanish Wells (1999))
  • Sea Fever (2005)

With others


  1. ^ a b Arias, L. (6 October 2015). "Guitarist Dominic Miller to present his solo work in Costa Rica". The Tico Times. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  2. ^ Miller, Dominic. "Q&A session". Archived from the original on 27 September 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  3. ^ Mead, David (2 October 2015). "One for the road: Dominic Miller". Music Radar. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  4. ^ Giles, Jeff (16 June 2010). "Sting's guitarist Dominic Miller is a Renaissance man". Riverfront Times. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  5. ^ Gable, Christopher (2008). The Soul Cages. Bloomsbury Academic. p. 55. ISBN 9780275993603. Retrieved 14 June 2010. {{cite book}}: |work= ignored (help)
  6. ^ Little, Guy (24 April 2014). "Dominic Miller | Acoustic Magazine". Acoustic Magazine. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  7. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 366. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  8. ^ "Sting features new songs alongside classics by the Police". Orange County Register. 9 February 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2022.

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