Dominic Miller

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.

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
GenresRock, pop, classical, jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
Years active1980–present
LabelsNaim, Decca, ACT, Q-rious, ECM


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, 2012)
  • 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)

As sideman or guestEdit

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. The Words and Music of Sting. p. 55. ISBN 9780275993603. Retrieved 14 June 2010.
  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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