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Birthname: Bruce Randall Hornsby
Nationality: American
Born: Nov 23 1954


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Massive 25 track release featuring live songs from Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers captured on their 2007-2009 tour.

Twenty five years since telling the world “The Way It Is,” winning a Best New Artist Grammy and launching one of contemporary music’s most challenging, diverse and collaborative careers, Bruce Hornsby is still, blissfully, making joyful noise—and finding clever, expansive ways to chronicle the dynamic musical snapshots along the journey. He’s now preparing for the release of Bride Of The Noisemakers--an ambitious 25 track, double CD chronicling 2007-2009 live performances of some of the singer/songwriter and pianist’s hand-picked songs of the past 20 years. The songs are recorded live which immaculately captures the playful, freewheeling spirit and unique chemistry of his longtime band The Noisemakers.

The Noisemakers consists of bassist J.V. Collier (who has played with Hornsby 17 years), keyboardist/organist John “JT” Thomas (21 years), saxophonist flutist Bobby Read (18 years), guitarist/mandolin player Doug Derryberry (13 years) and drummer Sonny Emory (the baby of the bunch, nine years). They are the epitome of the musical family, committed to the fresh, restless and ever-evolving recording and touring that has defined Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers since the late 90s. Released eleven years after Here Come The Noisemakers, a double-CD live document of the group’s early years (with original drummer Michael Baker), Bride Of The Noisemakers is a powerful expression of how the group sounds today.

Tapping into many of the genres that have influenced Hornsby’s artistic output over the years—pop, jazz, jam band, bluegrass, country and classical music—Bride of the Noisemakers features songs from previous Noisemakers recordings such as Big Swing Face (2002), Halcyon Days (2004), and Levitate (2009) in addition to The Bruce Hornsby Trio’s 2007 date Camp Meeting (which featured bassist Christian McBride and drummer Jack DeJohnette) and Hornsby’s acclaimed 80s and 90s releases, including Scenes From The Southside (1988), Hothouse (1995) and Spirit Trail (1998).

“I think the guys in the Noisemakers like playing with me because I work hard to make sure there’s never a dull moment and I keep the spontaneity factor high,” says Hornsby. “The watchword is always, ‘Watch Bruce,’ and there’s this natural evolution that happens when you have six guys who like what’s happening. The chemistry all stems from our laid back approach. I’m a fairly loose leader and I don’t like to rehearse! We mostly just ride around the country on a bus and laugh our asses off. You can hear that spirit of fun in our shows, which include a lot of musical hijinks and a lot of interaction with our fans. We love opening it up to requests on a regular basis. That all stems from my personality. I just don’t take things too seriously.”

For all his talents as a singer, bandleader and pianist with an instantly identifiable sound, Hornsby is a songwriter at heart who is committed to portraying his songs in new ways that work and make a unique connection to the audience. He honed this exceptional ability playing over a hundred shows with The Grateful Dead, beginning in 1988 and continuing until Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995. In part, the Dead’s vibrant tradition of loosely blending folk, blues and psychedelic rock in extended jam sessions pushed Hornsby outside the confines of mainstream pop, a genre where he scored many of his own hits (“Mandolin Rain,” “The Valley Road”) and others with Don Henley (“The End of the Innocence”) and Huey Lewis (“Jacob’s Ladder”).

In recent years, Hornsby has pushed his artistic limits even further working with bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs, The Bruce Hornsby Trio and double bass jazz legend Charlie Haden. Hornsby has also scored the Kobe Bryant documentary (“Kobe Doin’ Work”) for Spike Lee and contributed to all-star collections paying tribute to Fats Domino and The Band. A University of Miami music alum, Hornsby has also partnered with The Frost School of Music to establish the Creative American Music Program, a curriculum designed to develop the creative skills of talented young artist/songwriters by immersing them in the diverse traditions that form the foundation of modern American songwriting.

“In the spirit of musical evolution, I’m always trying to keep my band guys on their toes,” Hornsby says. “I was a sideman once and I know the kind of dismal prison it can become when you play the same thing the same way night after night, as if there’s a single chart and set list and that’s it. In the ten years since we released our first Noisemakers project, we are a very different group, anchored by a different drummer in Sonny Emory, who joined shortly after Michael Baker left. It just felt like it was time to do this again to show what we sound like now. It was time for a document of what I feel are the definitive versions of these songs, which have never been recorded before. Bride of the Noisemakers represents an exciting moment in this every changing journey.”

In July of 2006, Bruce Hornsby released a 4 CD/1 DVD box set titled Intersections (1985-2005) which breaks his lengthy career in music down into three distinct categories: “Top 90 Time,” “Solo Piano, Tribute Records, Country-Bluegrass, Movie Scores” and “By Request (Favorites and Best Songs).” Typical of the artist’s freewheeling approach to his own music, which involves ensuring that even his most-heard pop songs don’t become frozen in time “museum pieces,” a full third of the music was previously unreleased and most of the familiar tracks were presented as unreleased live versions. The set also featured “Song H,” a new composition which was nominated for a Best Pop Instrumental Grammy Award in 2007.

Intersections is definitive in many ways, yet only tells part of the Virginia native’s incredible musical story. His three Grammy wins typify the diversity of his first decade of recording: Best New Artist as leader of Bruce Hornsby and the Range; “Best Bluegrass Recording” for a version of “The Valley Road” that appeared on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Will The Circle Be Unbroken Volume II; and a shared award with Branford Marsalis in 1993 for “Best Pop Instrumental Performance for “Barcelona Mona,” a song for the 1992 Olympic Games.

The sales stats and breadth of his superstar collaborations (including being sampled many times by rap/hip-hop artists) speak volumes about Hornsby’s unique fusion of mainstream appeal and wild musical diversity. His albums have sold over 11 million copies worldwide, and the title cut from The Way It Is was the most played song on American radio in 1987, winning the ASCAP “Song of the Year” award. Harbor Lights was the 1994 winner of the Downbeat Reader’s Poll Beyond Album of the Year (meaning all music other than Jazz and Blues). Tupac Shakur “co-wrote” a new song over “The Way It Is” music with Bruce, using new words, called “Changes”; it was a major worldwide hit, selling 14 million copies.

He has played on over 100 records over the years, including albums by Bob Dylan, Don Henley, the Grateful Dead, Bob Seger, Crosby Stills and Nash, Stevie Nicks, Cowboy Junkies, Squeeze, Liquid Jesus, Bonnie Raitt (piano on the classic “I Can’t Make You Love Me”), Shawn Colvin, Bela Fleck, Clint Black, Ricky Skaggs, Randy Scruggs, Willie Nelson, and end-title songs for two other Spike Lee movies, Clockers (with Chaka Khan), and Bamboozled.

Throughout the years, Hornsby has participated in several memorable events: the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opening concert in September 1995 (featured on the Sony 2 CD set), Farm Aid IV and VI, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, New Orleans Heritage and Jazz Festival, Woodstock II (1994), Woodstock III (1999) (featured on the Epic 2 CD set). An avid sports fan, Hornsby, solo and with Branford Marsalis has performed the National Anthem for many major events including the NBA All-Star game, four NBA finals, the 1997 World Series Game 5, the night Cal Ripken broke Lou Gehrig’s all-time consecutive game streak, and the Ken Burns Baseball soundtrack.

“The accolades simply mean I have been around a long time, enjoying what I am doing musically and unafraid to accept new musical challenges,” says Hornsby. “The thing I love the most is riding around in the tour bus, laughing a lot and being able to play music in the present tense rather than sticking to the same version every night, year after year. My older songs are always finding new ways to stay interesting and I am moving to new places in my career all the time. There’s always something to keep this noisemaker happy.”

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Massive 25 track release featuring live songs from Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers captured on their 2007-2009 tour.

Twenty five years since telling the world “The Way It Is,” winning a Best New Artist Grammy and launching one of contemporary music’s most challenging, diverse and collaborative careers, Bruce Hornsby is still, blissfully, making joyful noise—and finding clever, expansive ways to chronicle the dynamic musical snapshots along the journey. He’s now preparing for the release of Bride Of The Noisemakers--an ambitious 25 track, double CD chronicling 2007-2009 live performances of some of the singer/songwriter and pianist’s hand-picked songs of the past 20 years. The songs are recorded live which immaculately captures the playful, freewheeling spirit and unique chemistry of his longtime band The Noisemakers.

The Noisemakers consists of bassist J.V. Collier (who has played with Hornsby 17 years), keyboardist/organist John “JT” Thomas (21 years), saxophonist flutist Bobby Read (18 years), guitarist/mandolin player Doug Derryberry (13 years) and drummer Sonny Emory (the baby of the bunch, nine years). They are the epitome of the musical family, committed to the fresh, restless and ever-evolving recording and touring that has defined Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers since the late 90s. Released eleven years after Here Come The Noisemakers, a double-CD live document of the group’s early years (with original drummer Michael Baker), Bride Of The Noisemakers is a powerful expression of how the group sounds today.

Tapping into many of the genres that have influenced Hornsby’s artistic output over the years—pop, jazz, jam band, bluegrass, country and classical music—Bride of the Noisemakers features songs from previous Noisemakers recordings such as Big Swing Face (2002), Halcyon Days (2004), and Levitate (2009) in addition to The Bruce Hornsby Trio’s 2007 date Camp Meeting (which featured bassist Christian McBride and drummer Jack DeJohnette) and Hornsby’s acclaimed 80s and 90s releases, including Scenes From The Southside (1988), Hothouse (1995) and Spirit Trail (1998).

“I think the guys in the Noisemakers like playing with me because I work hard to make sure there’s never a dull moment and I keep the spontaneity factor high,” says Hornsby. “The watchword is always, ‘Watch Bruce,’ and there’s this natural evolution that happens when you have six guys who like what’s happening. The chemistry all stems from our laid back approach. I’m a fairly loose leader and I don’t like to rehearse! We mostly just ride around the country on a bus and laugh our asses off. You can hear that spirit of fun in our shows, which include a lot of musical hijinks and a lot of interaction with our fans. We love opening it up to requests on a regular basis. That all stems from my personality. I just don’t take things too seriously.”

For all his talents as a singer, bandleader and pianist with an instantly identifiable sound, Hornsby is a songwriter at heart who is committed to portraying his songs in new ways that work and make a unique connection to the audience. He honed this exceptional ability playing over a hundred shows with The Grateful Dead, beginning in 1988 and continuing until Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995. In part, the Dead’s vibrant tradition of loosely blending folk, blues and psychedelic rock in extended jam sessions pushed Hornsby outside the confines of mainstream pop, a genre where he scored many of his own hits (“Mandolin Rain,” “The Valley Road”) and others with Don Henley (“The End of the Innocence”) and Huey Lewis (“Jacob’s Ladder”).

In recent years, Hornsby has pushed his artistic limits even further working with bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs, The Bruce Hornsby Trio and double bass jazz legend Charlie Haden. Hornsby has also scored the Kobe Bryant documentary (“Kobe Doin’ Work”) for Spike Lee and contributed to all-star collections paying tribute to Fats Domino and The Band. A University of Miami music alum, Hornsby has also partnered with The Frost School of Music to establish the Creative American Music Program, a curriculum designed to develop the creative skills of talented young artist/songwriters by immersing them in the diverse traditions that form the foundation of modern American songwriting.

“In the spirit of musical evolution, I’m always trying to keep my band guys on their toes,” Hornsby says. “I was a sideman once and I know the kind of dismal prison it can become when you play the same thing the same way night after night, as if there’s a single chart and set list and that’s it. In the ten years since we released our first Noisemakers project, we are a very different group, anchored by a different drummer in Sonny Emory, who joined shortly after Michael Baker left. It just felt like it was time to do this again to show what we sound like now. It was time for a document of what I feel are the definitive versions of these songs, which have never been recorded before. Bride of the Noisemakers represents an exciting moment in this every changing journey.”

In July of 2006, Bruce Hornsby released a 4 CD/1 DVD box set titled Intersections (1985-2005) which breaks his lengthy career in music down into three distinct categories: “Top 90 Time,” “Solo Piano, Tribute Records, Country-Bluegrass, Movie Scores” and “By Request (Favorites and Best Songs).” Typical of the artist’s freewheeling approach to his own music, which involves ensuring that even his most-heard pop songs don’t become frozen in time “museum pieces,” a full third of the music was previously unreleased and most of the familiar tracks were presented as unreleased live versions. The set also featured “Song H,” a new composition which was nominated for a Best Pop Instrumental Grammy Award in 2007.

Intersections is definitive in many ways, yet only tells part of the Virginia native’s incredible musical story. His three Grammy wins typify the diversity of his first decade of recording: Best New Artist as leader of Bruce Hornsby and the Range; “Best Bluegrass Recording” for a version of “The Valley Road” that appeared on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Will The Circle Be Unbroken Volume II; and a shared award with Branford Marsalis in 1993 for “Best Pop Instrumental Performance for “Barcelona Mona,” a song for the 1992 Olympic Games.

The sales stats and breadth of his superstar collaborations (including being sampled many times by rap/hip-hop artists) speak volumes about Hornsby’s unique fusion of mainstream appeal and wild musical diversity. His albums have sold over 11 million copies worldwide, and the title cut from The Way It Is was the most played song on American radio in 1987, winning the ASCAP “Song of the Year” award. Harbor Lights was the 1994 winner of the Downbeat Reader’s Poll Beyond Album of the Year (meaning all music other than Jazz and Blues). Tupac Shakur “co-wrote” a new song over “The Way It Is” music with Bruce, using new words, called “Changes”; it was a major worldwide hit, selling 14 million copies.

He has played on over 100 records over the years, including albums by Bob Dylan, Don Henley, the Grateful Dead, Bob Seger, Crosby Stills and Nash, Stevie Nicks, Cowboy Junkies, Squeeze, Liquid Jesus, Bonnie Raitt (piano on the classic “I Can’t Make You Love Me”), Shawn Colvin, Bela Fleck, Clint Black, Ricky Skaggs, Randy Scruggs, Willie Nelson, and end-title songs for two other Spike Lee movies, Clockers (with Chaka Khan), and Bamboozled.

Throughout the years, Hornsby has participated in several memorable events: the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opening concert in September 1995 (featured on the Sony 2 CD set), Farm Aid IV and VI, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, New Orleans Heritage and Jazz Festival, Woodstock II (1994), Woodstock III (1999) (featured on the Epic 2 CD set). An avid sports fan, Hornsby, solo and with Branford Marsalis has performed the National Anthem for many major events including the NBA All-Star game, four NBA finals, the 1997 World Series Game 5, the night Cal Ripken broke Lou Gehrig’s all-time consecutive game streak, and the Ken Burns Baseball soundtrack.

“The accolades simply mean I have been around a long time, enjoying what I am doing musically and unafraid to accept new musical challenges,” says Hornsby. “The thing I love the most is riding around in the tour bus, laughing a lot and being able to play music in the present tense rather than sticking to the same version every night, year after year. My older songs are always finding new ways to stay interesting and I am moving to new places in my career all the time. There’s always something to keep this noisemaker happy.”

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Massive 25 track release featuring live songs from Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers captured on their 2007-2009 tour.

Twenty five years since telling the world “The Way It Is,” winning a Best New Artist Grammy and launching one of contemporary music’s most challenging, diverse and collaborative careers, Bruce Hornsby is still, blissfully, making joyful noise—and finding clever, expansive ways to chronicle the dynamic musical snapshots along the journey. He’s now preparing for the release of Bride Of The Noisemakers--an ambitious 25 track, double CD chronicling 2007-2009 live performances of some of the singer/songwriter and pianist’s hand-picked songs of the past 20 years. The songs are recorded live which immaculately captures the playful, freewheeling spirit and unique chemistry of his longtime band The Noisemakers.

The Noisemakers consists of bassist J.V. Collier (who has played with Hornsby 17 years), keyboardist/organist John “JT” Thomas (21 years), saxophonist flutist Bobby Read (18 years), guitarist/mandolin player Doug Derryberry (13 years) and drummer Sonny Emory (the baby of the bunch, nine years). They are the epitome of the musical family, committed to the fresh, restless and ever-evolving recording and touring that has defined Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers since the late 90s. Released eleven years after Here Come The Noisemakers, a double-CD live document of the group’s early years (with original drummer Michael Baker), Bride Of The Noisemakers is a powerful expression of how the group sounds today.

Tapping into many of the genres that have influenced Hornsby’s artistic output over the years—pop, jazz, jam band, bluegrass, country and classical music—Bride of the Noisemakers features songs from previous Noisemakers recordings such as Big Swing Face (2002), Halcyon Days (2004), and Levitate (2009) in addition to The Bruce Hornsby Trio’s 2007 date Camp Meeting (which featured bassist Christian McBride and drummer Jack DeJohnette) and Hornsby’s acclaimed 80s and 90s releases, including Scenes From The Southside (1988), Hothouse (1995) and Spirit Trail (1998).

“I think the guys in the Noisemakers like playing with me because I work hard to make sure there’s never a dull moment and I keep the spontaneity factor high,” says Hornsby. “The watchword is always, ‘Watch Bruce,’ and there’s this natural evolution that happens when you have six guys who like what’s happening. The chemistry all stems from our laid back approach. I’m a fairly loose leader and I don’t like to rehearse! We mostly just ride around the country on a bus and laugh our asses off. You can hear that spirit of fun in our shows, which include a lot of musical hijinks and a lot of interaction with our fans. We love opening it up to requests on a regular basis. That all stems from my personality. I just don’t take things too seriously.”

For all his talents as a singer, bandleader and pianist with an instantly identifiable sound, Hornsby is a songwriter at heart who is committed to portraying his songs in new ways that work and make a unique connection to the audience. He honed this exceptional ability playing over a hundred shows with The Grateful Dead, beginning in 1988 and continuing until Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995. In part, the Dead’s vibrant tradition of loosely blending folk, blues and psychedelic rock in extended jam sessions pushed Hornsby outside the confines of mainstream pop, a genre where he scored many of his own hits (“Mandolin Rain,” “The Valley Road”) and others with Don Henley (“The End of the Innocence”) and Huey Lewis (“Jacob’s Ladder”).

In recent years, Hornsby has pushed his artistic limits even further working with bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs, The Bruce Hornsby Trio and double bass jazz legend Charlie Haden. Hornsby has also scored the Kobe Bryant documentary (“Kobe Doin’ Work”) for Spike Lee and contributed to all-star collections paying tribute to Fats Domino and The Band. A University of Miami music alum, Hornsby has also partnered with The Frost School of Music to establish the Creative American Music Program, a curriculum designed to develop the creative skills of talented young artist/songwriters by immersing them in the diverse traditions that form the foundation of modern American songwriting.

“In the spirit of musical evolution, I’m always trying to keep my band guys on their toes,” Hornsby says. “I was a sideman once and I know the kind of dismal prison it can become when you play the same thing the same way night after night, as if there’s a single chart and set list and that’s it. In the ten years since we released our first Noisemakers project, we are a very different group, anchored by a different drummer in Sonny Emory, who joined shortly after Michael Baker left. It just felt like it was time to do this again to show what we sound like now. It was time for a document of what I feel are the definitive versions of these songs, which have never been recorded before. Bride of the Noisemakers represents an exciting moment in this every changing journey.”

In July of 2006, Bruce Hornsby released a 4 CD/1 DVD box set titled Intersections (1985-2005) which breaks his lengthy career in music down into three distinct categories: “Top 90 Time,” “Solo Piano, Tribute Records, Country-Bluegrass, Movie Scores” and “By Request (Favorites and Best Songs).” Typical of the artist’s freewheeling approach to his own music, which involves ensuring that even his most-heard pop songs don’t become frozen in time “museum pieces,” a full third of the music was previously unreleased and most of the familiar tracks were presented as unreleased live versions. The set also featured “Song H,” a new composition which was nominated for a Best Pop Instrumental Grammy Award in 2007.

Intersections is definitive in many ways, yet only tells part of the Virginia native’s incredible musical story. His three Grammy wins typify the diversity of his first decade of recording: Best New Artist as leader of Bruce Hornsby and the Range; “Best Bluegrass Recording” for a version of “The Valley Road” that appeared on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Will The Circle Be Unbroken Volume II; and a shared award with Branford Marsalis in 1993 for “Best Pop Instrumental Performance for “Barcelona Mona,” a song for the 1992 Olympic Games.

The sales stats and breadth of his superstar collaborations (including being sampled many times by rap/hip-hop artists) speak volumes about Hornsby’s unique fusion of mainstream appeal and wild musical diversity. His albums have sold over 11 million copies worldwide, and the title cut from The Way It Is was the most played song on American radio in 1987, winning the ASCAP “Song of the Year” award. Harbor Lights was the 1994 winner of the Downbeat Reader’s Poll Beyond Album of the Year (meaning all music other than Jazz and Blues). Tupac Shakur “co-wrote” a new song over “The Way It Is” music with Bruce, using new words, called “Changes”; it was a major worldwide hit, selling 14 million copies.

He has played on over 100 records over the years, including albums by Bob Dylan, Don Henley, the Grateful Dead, Bob Seger, Crosby Stills and Nash, Stevie Nicks, Cowboy Junkies, Squeeze, Liquid Jesus, Bonnie Raitt (piano on the classic “I Can’t Make You Love Me”), Shawn Colvin, Bela Fleck, Clint Black, Ricky Skaggs, Randy Scruggs, Willie Nelson, and end-title songs for two other Spike Lee movies, Clockers (with Chaka Khan), and Bamboozled.

Throughout the years, Hornsby has participated in several memorable events: the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opening concert in September 1995 (featured on the Sony 2 CD set), Farm Aid IV and VI, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, New Orleans Heritage and Jazz Festival, Woodstock II (1994), Woodstock III (1999) (featured on the Epic 2 CD set). An avid sports fan, Hornsby, solo and with Branford Marsalis has performed the National Anthem for many major events including the NBA All-Star game, four NBA finals, the 1997 World Series Game 5, the night Cal Ripken broke Lou Gehrig’s all-time consecutive game streak, and the Ken Burns Baseball soundtrack.

“The accolades simply mean I have been around a long time, enjoying what I am doing musically and unafraid to accept new musical challenges,” says Hornsby. “The thing I love the most is riding around in the tour bus, laughing a lot and being able to play music in the present tense rather than sticking to the same version every night, year after year. My older songs are always finding new ways to stay interesting and I am moving to new places in my career all the time. There’s always something to keep this noisemaker happy.”

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