"Bruce Randall Hornsby" (born November 23, 1954 in Williamsburg, Virginia) is an American singer, virtuoso pianist, accordion player, and songwriter, best known for his 1980s signature song "The Way It Is", the top five hits "Mandolin Rain" and "The Valley Road", and for being an irregular member of the Grateful Dead. Later in his career, Hornbsy moved in a less commercial musical direction.
Bruce Hornsby is a distant relative of baseball great Rogers Hornsby, and in later years would sometimes perform with a bust of the player on his piano.
Hornsby grew up listening to all types of music. He studied music at three highly regarded schools of music, the University of Richmond, Berklee College of Music, and the University of Miami, from which he graduated in 1977. Following his graduation from the University of Miami, Hornsby spent time in Los Angeles as a session musician and songwriter before moving back to his native southern Virginia.
In 1984 he formed "Bruce Hornsby and the Range", who were signed to RCA Records in 1985. Besides Hornsby, Range members were David Mansfield (guitar, mandolin, violin), George Marinelli (guitars and backing vocals), Joe Puert...