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Mark Hornsby


There are people who make music and people who make music happen.  Mark Hornsby is definitely firmly ensconced in both camps. A gifted producer/engineer, he’s been a part of creating some of the most compelling songs in contemporary music and he’s also a savvy entrepreneur and businessman who knows how to make sure that great music gets from the studio to the masses.

With credits that run the gamut from the feisty punk pop of New Found Glory to gospel music icon Russ Taff to acclaimed jazz virtuoso Peter Erskine, Hornsby has parlayed his love for music into a successful career that has led to his current post as VP of Operations and Senior Producer/Engineer at Sweetwater Studios.  “It’s more fun and more rewarding to move from genre to genre and meet all sorts of different people,” Hornsby says of his diverse career. “I enjoy experiencing different types of music and seeing what I can bring to the table as opposed to just doing the same thing over and over again. I’m at my best when I’m having a curve ball thrown at me.”

Hornsby stepped up to the plate and took his first swing at his intended career when he was just 13.  “I got hired to do the broadcast sound at my church because it was televised,” the East Tennessee native recalls. “I was playing in bands and by the time I graduated high school, I was working at WJHL-TV, the local CBS station as a production assistant.”

His Uncle was an engineer and the first time he went to the studio with him to observe a recording session, he was hooked.  “I knew I wanted to work in music my entire life and wanted to make a career of it,” Hornsby confesses, “but I was playing in bands with people who were 20 years older than me and they were doing everything from playing bars to churches and wedding bands. I saw the lifestyle and I said, ‘That’s not me. I don’t want to do that.’ I went to visit my Uncle and he was in a studio every day working with musicians and recording music and I took a liking to that. Once I watched a producer work for the first time, I decided, ‘That’s what I want to do!’”

Hornsby recalls watching producer Phil Naish working with Christian artist Steven Curtis Chapman and realizing he was already on that path. “A lot of what he was doing, I was already doing in the bands that I was playing in. I was the one in the band that was telling people, ‘No, no, no! Don’t play that. Play this here. Play that there.’ Even playing music in church, I assumed that I was just the one who did my homework because I knew the songs.  Watching him do that in a studio, be the organizer, I related to that pretty well. I was already doing it naturally and once I saw that was a job, it just seemed like a natural fit.”


Select List of Credits

Addison Agen
Adelitas Way
Adrian Belew
Alison Krauss
Amy Grant
Antonio Sanchez
BeBe Winans
Beth Hart
Big Big Train
Carl Verheyen
Cirque du Soleil
Counting Crows
Dolly Parton
Dug Pinnick
Dylan Taylor
Garth Brooks
Gene Simmons
George Strait

Ingrid Michaelson
Jamestown Revival
Jars of Clay
Jim Lauderdale
Johnny Depp
Jon Anderson
Jonatha Brooke
Jordan Rudess
Kevin Gilbert
King Crimson
Marcus Scott
Mike Keneally
Neal Peart
Neil Morse
New Found Glory
Old Crow Medicine Show
Oz Noy

Peter Erskine
Porter Wagner
Rick Nielsen
Ricky Martin
Robben Ford
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
Russ Taff
Sara Bareilles
Spock’s Beard
Spyro Gyra
Steve Winwood
Steven Curtis Chapman
The Dixie Chicks
The Fringe
The Judds
The London Philharmonic
The Time Jumpers
Tower of Power
Travis Tritt
World Wrestling Entertainment

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