Bruce Hornsby was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2006-2007 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music for his impressive accomplishments as a thought-provoking composer and lyricist, and as beloved University of Miami Frost School of Music alumnus. Since the release of his first album in April 1986, Grammy Award winner and Frost School of Music alumnus Bruce Hornsby has created a musical life that has expanded far and wide to include a broad stylistic range of activities. An 11-time Grammy nominee with three Grammy Awards to his credit, Hornsby is known in the music industry as a collaborator. He has been sought after by a veritable “who’s who” in the music business and has played on over 100 records through 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, Shawn Colvin, Béla Fleck, Clint Black, Ricky Skaggs, Randy Scruggs, Willie Nelson, and end-title songs for two Spike Lee movies, Clockers, and Bamboozled.
Hornsby’s nine albums have sold over 10 million copies worldwide. 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. In 1989, he co-wrote the classic The End of the Innocencewith Don Henley, a Top Ten record for him. In addition, Hornsby was a part-time member of the Grateful Dead from September 1990 to March 1992, performing over 100 concerts in America and Europe.
He appears on four Dead album releases. An avid sports fan, Hornsby has performed the National Anthem for many major sporting events, both solo and with Branford Marsalis. In August 2006, Columbia/Legacy released a box set, Bruce Hornsby – Intersections 1985-2005, four CDs and a DVD, chronicling his first 20 years as a major label recording artist.