Nikki Hornsby

Nikki Hornsby
Nikki Hornsby
Background information
Birth name Nikki Hornsby
Born Long Beach, California, U.S.
Genres pop, Americana, country and blues
Occupations Singer, songwriter, record producer, arranger, author, businesswoman
Instruments vocals, guitar
Years active 1970s–present
Labels CJP-NHRecords
Associated acts Nikki Hornsby and The Rangers
Website CJP-NHRecords website

Nikki Hornsby (born in Long Beach, California) is an American pop, Americana, country and blues singer-songwriter and guitarist.


Teenage years

Nikki Hornsby [1] was born in Long Beach, California,[2] but grew up in North Virginia. As a young teenager, Hornsby was contracted to perform as a solo singer and guitar artist. After graduating Fairfax Hall Waynesboro, Virginia college preparatory high school, Hornsby attended Sacred Heart and Belmont Abbey Colleges North Carolina full time, while performing at The Sheraton Motel Lounge and other various local clubs. While majoring in Psychology & Theology she transferred to George Mason University in Virginia, Hornsby continued working full time, accepting contracts for solo work as a singer & Musicians Union guitarist. Some of these union contracts were at The Marriot Key Bridges Hotel Lounge in Northern Virginia and was the first female singer-guitar player performing on the Auto Train that traveled from Lorton, VA to Sanford, FL. Nikki Hornsby also was contracted as a stand up singer with a piano player & some other local Union Musicians in many clubs in the Washington DC and the surrounding area, including Lucky Pierre's Lounge at LaFonte Plaza, the Watergate Lounge, Hogates, to name a few.


In the mid 1970’s, Hornsby moved back to California and worked full time as a club performer, where she stayed building her life and career. Many clubs in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, CA, USA like Portofino Inn, Blue Moon Saloon, Holiday Inn, Red Onion, Queensway Bay Hilton, etc.


Nikki Hornsby in 1980s

In the late 1980s Hornsby received local California business financial backing, and was able to record her original songs under her own record label CJP-NHRecords. Quickly thereafter, Hornsby marketed her music and label throughout Europe and the USA. She recorded under her record label in the 1980s and she incorporated CJP-NHRecords in the State of CA in 2008.

Hornsby's songs were released for airplay on commercial radio stations in the USA and Europe. In Mallorca, Spain, the "ACM Newsletter" as well as other print publications noted Hornsby’s song “One Way Ticket” as number one.[3] During that same time “Hungry For Love”, Let Me Take You On A Dream” and “Hot Talkin’ Big Shot” were airplayed in Northern Europe.

In 1988, following Hornsby’s releases of “One Way Ticket”, “Hungry For Love”, “Let Me Take You On A Dream”, “Hot Talkin’ Big Shot”, and “Shoe String And A Prayer”, she was named Female Singer of the Year in Scandinavia. In 1989, “Shoe String And A Prayer” charted Top 5 in the IRC (independent) country singles, as well as in the Cash Box Top 100 USA National charts.


In the 90’s, “Shoestring and a Prayer” obtained USA radio airplay from independent and major radio stations as well as other commercial music trade publications.[4] “Shoestring and a Prayer” was #1 the entire month of August on The Music Review Top 30 Independent Chart, NY, #3 in the Top 30 (IRC) Debut Independent Radio Chart, Nashville, TN, #11 on the Cash Box Independent Chart, and #14 Indie Bullet Mag. Top 100 Chart, Tyler, TX.

Hornsby was working full-time as a club performer, solo guitar duo to band leader, throughout the time of her first recorded releases. She worked at Marriotts, Sheraton, Hilton, Holiday Inn Lounges throughout the USA. Nikki did her own contract work except for a few club contracts that were booked through her non-exclusive agency Castle-Hill Ent., Los Angeles, CA. Castle-Hill is Nikki's exclusive agent for all TV & Movie appearances, i.e. Fox Network's Parker Lewis TV Show "Diner75" in 1992.[5]

Nikki Hornsby and The Rangers

Hornsby formed her back up band “Nikki Hornsby and The Rangers”,[6] and together they performed in concerts and at local Southern California venues including Alpine Village in Torrance which she did all the contract booking arrangements. In August 1991, Nikki Hornsby and The Rangers performed at Redondo Beach's Summer Concert in the Park. That summer, they drew in the largest crowd and were invited back to perform again in a series of six years in "Concerts on the Pier".[7] Hornsby always focused on the solo songwriting recording aspect of her career, although still performing as leader of her band at different venues.

TV appearances

Nikki Hornsby with Dr Laura Schlessinger

In the early 1990s, Nikki Hornsby appeared as a solo folk singer guitarist on the final show of Fox Network's "Parker Lewis Can't Lose". Shortly after, Hornsby had the opportunity to record as a solo singer-songwriter with Steve Duncan (Desert Rose Band), Jack Daniels (Hwy 101 Band), Jay Dee Manness (Desert Rose Band), John Jorgensen (Desert Rose Band) as well as Al Bruno who was a multi year Academy of Country Music (ACM, Los Angeles, CA) award winning guitarist (CA Country Music News, San Jose, CA Vol 2 #20, Pg 9, April 1991).

Nikki Hornsby was nominated four different years (official ACM Ballot, composer category, 1991, 1992, 1994) for a position on the ACM's Board of Directors.

Hornsby acted as a judge for the California Country Music Awards[8] and as a Music Industry Talent Judge for the National Colgate Talent Roundup from 1990s until 2003.[9] Hornsby has been a consultant exclusive to the music industry since she obtained the business licence in 1989.

Dr Laura Schlessinger used Hornsby's song, "Hot Talkin' Big Shot", for several years on The Dr. Laura radio program as cue music and also for a national radio commercial advertising Ms. Schlessinger's radio show.[10]

Performance in Europe

Nikki Hornsby on Spanish TV

In late 2004 Hornsby co-produced and arranged ten original songs on a CJP-NHRecords CD called "Just Wait" with Marty Rifkin, who has worked on recordings with Major recording artists within the Music Industry for many years including "Jewel" & "The Boss".

Hornsby traveled throughout many countries Europe from 2005 to 2006 test marketing her "Just Wait" CD along with other original songs. This was done before CJP-NHRecords released "Just Wait" in 2006 for airplay.

In 2006, Hornsby performed the break out song from "Just Wait" called "Money's Worth" at the International Automobile Associations Annual International Event in Frankfurt, Germany.[11] "Money's Worth" and other originals were broadcast European wide through Truck Radio which reported this song as number one on the Truck Radio European Charts.[12]

That same year a commercial radio station, Radio Eurohertz [13] in Eastern Germany near the Czech Republic border, invited Hornsby to perform a live two hour show of some of her own original music.

In 2006, The International World Cup Soccer Games took place in Europe was telecast on CNN TV internationally. Hornsby's song "This IS America" from the "Just Wait" CD was broadcast[14] for the warm up game of USA vs. Italy which was held in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Hornsby herself was one of the VIP Hosts for that city's tourist center for the six games of the FIFA World Cup Soccer Championship held in 2006.[15]

Hornsby appeared on TV in Spain IB3 April 2006 as well as performed live original songs including songs she wrote in other languages like "Yo Tengo Un Amour" on numerous live commercial radio telecasts in Palma.[16] She did on air live interviews at many radio stations like Una Radio, Radio Balear, Ultima Hora & Punto Radio in Spain that same week in April 2006.

While in Europe, Hornsby supported the US military community for several months. The work included such activities as performing on stage, teaching music and judging in US Air Force Idol Talent Contest.[17]

Additional information

Nikki Hornsby's grandfather - Dan Hornsby

As a BMI associated songwriter, Hornsby has written over 300 songs, some of which have been used on radio, TV, & movies.

Her family association with the late Jimmy Van Heusen,[18] Emmy and Oscar song writer for Frank Sinatra[19] and others, influenced Hornsby at a very young age. Documents can be found in the Library of UCLA in Los Angeles CA[20] holding Hornsby's first recordings and industry photos among the Van Heusen collection.

Hornsby achieved commercial airplay success years prior joined the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammy's) end of 2006 as a voting member.[21][22] The NARAS committee placed compositions of music from Hornsby's commercial charted "Just Wait" CD on the first ballot in 2007 in 8 different categories.

A European Military Community VIP base pass in June 2006 allowed access for Nikki while she was in Europe and she volunteered to play guitar & sing at the small Daenner Kaserne Chapel weekly for the military community church services on this military base in Germany. End of 2006 she was told there was a two year waiting list and asked if she would have time to give music & vocal instructions at the community center at Vogelweh for military men & women & their families. She believed waiting that long was unacceptable and made the time with her CJP-NHRecords work to provide instructions with her very own Nikki Hornsby learning method.

2007 for appointments & networking during Grammy week, Nikki had to take leave to travel alone to Los Angeles, CA but agreed to be back in a few days. She was injured[23] in an international airplane in-flight accident February 8, 2007. She was unable to continue to write or professionally perform her music while recovering from these injuries for the next few years.

In 2008 Nikki Hornsby as sole owner of CJP-NHRecords she filed the company into corporation status in the State of CA USA towards completion of planned prior & new music projects.

2009 CJP-NHRecords released "Just Wait Instrumentally" which is the instrumental version of the "Just Wait" CD released in 2006.

Nikki Hornsby is the granddaughter of the Columbia Recording artist Dan Hornsby who was a A&R representative for Columbia/RCA in the early years, was a radio program director, Radio WSB DJ, a musician, a producer, a singer-songwriter, and a recording artist.

Dan Hornsby was the first recorded voice of "The Arkansas Traveler" song. He recorded many other songs like "Oh! Susanna", "Little Brown Jug" "Little Lisa Jane" and "Danny Boy". Hornsby never met her grandfather, who was inducted posthumously into the Atlanta Music Hall of Fame in 1986 for his lifetime of work in the music industry.

Samples of music


  • 2009 - "Just Wait Instrumentally" (NH#7119) CJP-NHRecords international commercial release of Nikki Hornsby Music. UPC# 8450201170
  • 2006 - Just Wait (NH#7106) CJP-NHRecords release of ten Nikki Hornsby songs in Blues, Pop, Country, Folk-Americana, and Patriotic taken by Nikki Hornsby herself first hand towards worldwide commercial airplay success. Song Titles: Momma's Blues, Flyin Over Sweet Alambama, This Is America, Just Lovin You, Child Running Wild, Just Wait, Travel On, Money's Worth, Music Is the Only. UPC# 3447938758
  • 2005 - "Previous Releases" (NH#7121)also known as "Original Releases" manufactured by CJP-NHRecords containing all ten charted songs from the 89 to 2002 made available through CDBaby, The Orchard Distributors & direct from CJP-NHRecords, Los Angeles Co., CA USA UPC# 3447938759
  • 2001 - Reaching Out (NH#2007) CJP-NHRecords release of Positive Country original songs made available through CDBaby, The Orchard Distributors & direct from CJP-NHRecords, Los Angeles Co., CA USA UPC# 6991075492
  • 1999 - "Cassette of Originals", direct shipped from CJP-NHRecords, Los Angeles Co., CA USA NH# 1007C
  • 1996 - Nikki Hornsby'Live Performance' VHS / DVD
  • 1989 - "Career Video Highlights" VHS / DVD
  • 1989 - "Wake Me Up" (NH #6089)
  • 1988 - "Shoestring & A Prayer" (NH #5089) Charted on commercial radio reporting stations in the USA in 1989
  • 1986 - "Let Me Take You On A Dream" (NH #1088) First commercial radio Number One song at WBYO in the State of PA, USA
  • 1986 - "One Way Ticket to a Heart Break" (NH #3088) First commercial radio Number One song in Palma De Mallorca Spain
  • 1987 - "Hungry For Love" (NH #4088) Charted on commercial radio stations in European countries
  • 1987 - "Hot Talking Big Shot" (NH #2088) Charted on commercial radio stations in many European countries & was used by Dr. Laura's USA Talk Radio show for many years into the 1990s.


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