Artist of the Day: Bruce Hornsby

posted by Matt Jarrells on 07/19/2017

July 19, 2017

This Thursday, Bruce Hornsby is set to play a sold-out show at Frederik Meijer Gardens. Over his thirty plus year career, Hornsby has recorded multiple hits and won multiple Grammys including Best New Artist in 1986. Born in Williamsburg Virginia, Hornsby moved out to LA with his brother John in 1980.  In LA, Hornsby got a writing job at 20th Century Fox and also worked as a session musician. Hornsby developed a friendship with Huey Lewis, whose influence allowed Hornsby to record his first album The Way It Is with his band The Range.  The album was a massive success with three top 20 singles including "The Way It Is", Hornsby's most well known song.  Fans of 90s Hip Hop will also recognize "The Way It Is" as it was used by Tupac Shakur as the basis for his song "Changes". 

Hornsby used his songwriting talents to help out other artists writing hits for Huey Lewis ("Jacob's Ladder") and Don Henley ("End of Innocence"). Throughout his career, Hornsby has not been weighed down by a single style. Hornsby has produced a Grammy-winning bluegrass album, a Grammy winning instrumental, and toured with the Grateful Dead. Hornsby's band The Range disbanded in 1991 and Hornsby went solo for his next few albums. In 1998 he formed Bruce Hornsby and the Noise Makers, the group he tours and records with to this day.  In 2016 they released their fourth studio album Rehab Reunion

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