Frost School of Music alumnus Bruce Hornsby, a 13-time Grammy nominee, has won three Grammys: 1987 “Best New Artist” for the debut album The Way It Is; 1989 “Best Bluegrass Recording” for his hit “The Valley Road” from the album Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Volume II; and with Branford Marsalis in 1993 for “Best Pop Instrumental Performance” for their song “Barcelona Mona,” written for the Barcelona Olympics. Hornsby’s latest nomination was in 2008 for “Is This America?” (Katrina 2005) with Charlie Haden, Pat Metheny, and Jerry Douglas.
Known around the music industry as a collaborator, Hornsby has been sought after by a veritable “who’s who” in the music business. He has played on over 100 records over the years; including albums by Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, Stevie Nicks, Shawn Colvin, Bela Fleck, Ricky Skaggs, and end-title songs for two Spike Lee movies, Clockers (with Chaka Khan), and Bamboozled, as well as the score for Spike Lee’s 2009 ESPN documentary “Kobe Doin’ Work.” Hornsby has also been writing songs for a Broadway Musical, titled “SCKBSTD.”
Outside of music composition and performance, Hornsby has endowed a scholarship at University of Miami’s School of Music, the Creative American Music Program.
In 2007, Hornsby and Ricky Skaggs released the bluegrass album Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby. In the same year, Hornsby formed The Bruce Hornsby Trio and recorded a jazz album titled Camp Meeting. Hornsby’s latest CD, Levitate, was released in September 2009.