Bruce Hornsby is a singer and keyboard player from the United States. Bruce Hornsby's music combines many different kinds of music, such as folk, jazz, bluegrass, rock, and country.
Since 1986, Hornsby has put out more than 20 albums. He has played with his touring bands, the Range and the Noisemakers, and his bluegrass project with Ricky Skaggs. From 1988 to 1995, he also played on tour with the Grateful Dead.
In 1984, he put together Bruce Hornsby and the Range. The band put out four albums, including “The Way It Is,” which reached #3 in the US and went triple platinum. Hornsby has released six albums by himself and five with The Noise Makers.
He made an album with Ricky Skaggs and another with The Bruce Hornsby Trio. In 1987, he won the Grammy for Best New Artist. Hornsby also won Best Bluegrass Album in 1990 and Best Pop Instrumental Performance in 1994. In 2015, he played at the Fare Thee Well shows with the Grateful Dead.
Bruce Hornsby's Early Life
Bruce Hornsby was born in Williamsburg, Virginia, on November 23, 1954. His mother, Lois, was a pianist, and his father, Robert, was a lawyer and real estate, developer. Bobby and John are the names of his two brothers. Hornsby was raised in the church of Christian Science when he was a child.
As a teen, he went to James Blair High School. In 1973, he got his diploma from there. Hornsby then went on to spend a year at the University of Richmond and then two years at the Berklee College of Music. Ultimately, he went to the University of Miami and got his degree in 1977.
Bruce Hornsby's Career
Hornsby joined his brother Bobby's local cover band, Bobby Hi-Test, and the Octane Kids when he was still in college. Later, when Hornsby was done with college, he returned to Williamsburg and played in clubs and hotel bars.
In 1980, he moved to Los Angeles with his brother and songwriting partner, John. There, they worked for 20th Century Fox, and he also did session work. After that, Hornsby joined the rock band Ambrosia for their last album, “Road Island.”
In 1984, Hornsby started his first band, Bruce Hornsby and the Range. After the group broke up, he and Joe Puerta, the bassist for Ambrosia, joined the crew of singer Sheena Easton. The following year, the band was signed to RCA Records.
It comprised David Mansfield, Joe Puerta, John Molo, and George Marinelli. Hornsby started his recording career in 1986 with “The Way It Is,” which would become his biggest hit and stay at number one for the rest of his career.
“Harbor Lights,” Hornsby's first album as a solo artist, came out in 1993. It had songs by Branford Marsalis, Bonnie Raitt, Jerry Garcia, and Phil Collins, among other big names. “The Way It Is” was the second single from Hornsby's debut album, which was also called “The Way It Is.”
Bruce Hornsby's song “The Way it Is” is used in a big way in Tupac's song “Changes.” The song came out after Tupac died on his Greatest Hits album in 1998. “Big Swing Face,” Hornsby and the Noisemakers' first studio album, came out in 2002. Hornsby has worked with bluegrass musician Ricky Skaggs on some of his best songs.
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In 2007, Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby released an album called “Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby.” After that, they went on tour. The album was the best-selling bluegrass album on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums chart. In 2013, Hornsby and Skaggs released a live album called “Cluck Ol' Hen.”
Bruce Hornsby's Net Worth
Bruce Hornsby is among the wealthiest musicians and is on the list of the most famous musicians. According to celebrity net worth, Bruce Hornsby has a net worth of about $5 million.
Bruce Hornsby's Personal Life
Hornsby is a big fan and player of basketball, and he can often be seen at college games in Virginia. Hornsby and his wife Kathy have twin sons named Russell and Keith. Russell ran track in college, and Keith played basketball.
Bruce Hornsby's Age, Height & Weight
Bruce Hornsby is 67 years old. He was born on November 23, 1954. The American actor Bruce Hornsby's height, is suitable for his other body measurements. Bruce Hornsby is 6 feet 4 inches (193 cm) tall and weighs 209 pounds (95 kg).
Bruce Hornsby's Awards
Grammy Awards for Best Bluegrass Album, Best Pop Instrumental Performance, Outstanding Music Direction and Composition for Daytime Emmy, The Way It Is, Look out any window, Mandolin Rain, Saint Petersburg, Florida, US, Boca Raton, Florida, US, and Coral Gables, Florida, US.