Dann Huff

Dann Huff is known as the consummate musician who literally played on at least one track by almost every recording artist in the 1980s, as well as most of Nashville’s releases in the 1990s. His impressive sessions resume includes Barbra Streisand, Kenney Loggins, Reba McEntire, Celine Dion, DC Talk, Shania Twain, Michael Bolton, Luther Vandross, Peter Cetera, Donna Summer, Rod Stewart, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Amy Grant, Fine Young Cannibals, Barry Manilow, The Temptations, Chaka Khan, O'Jays, Smokey Robinson, Clint Black, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Bob Seger, Whitesnake, Natalie Cole, Gladis Knight, Neville Brothers, Dusty Springfield, Rick Springfield, Olivia Newton-John, Toby Keith, Billy Joel, Joe Cocker, Bryan Ferry, Peter Wolf, Martina McBride, Chicago, Wynonna, Glen Campbell, Paula Abdul, Tammy Wynette, Mariah Carey, Merle Haggard, Bob Seger, Boz Scaggs and many more........ Huff used many electric and acoustic guitars during his career as a session musician. He mostly runs his Tyler Classic signature model built by Los Angeles boutique luthier James Tyler through a stack of different amps and effect pedals. Huff's gear setup also includes a variety of Fender Stratocasters & Telecasters, a Tom Anderson Classic T and a Tyler Ultimate Weapon with dual humbuckers, active mid-boost circuitry and a recessed Floyd Rose Original locking tremolo bridge.

Dann Huff was born November 15, 1960 in Nashville and was raised in a musically gifted family. His brother, David Huff, began playing drums in third grade. Huff's father, Ronn, was a sought-after arranger on the cutting edge of Nashville's contemporary Christian music scene and as a youngster Dann would accompany him to sessions and, to this day, cites his father as his first influence. It was at the age of 9 that he started playing what would become his primary instrument -- the guitar. He took a few lessons, even classical, but played mostly by ear. When he was 13, a session guitarist by the name of John Darnall taught him his first scale, and that set the young Dann Huff on the career path he followed.

In high school, Brentwood Academy, Dann met fellow guitarist Gordon Kennedy and they started gigging in a little band at school assemblies and such. Then, at the tender age of 16, he started playing on artist's demos in Nashville. Dann then moved to Los Angeles where he played and recorded for the aforementioned impressive list of artists. When he was 20, he formed the Christian band Whiteheart. Other members were his brother, drummer David Huff, singer Steve Green, keyboardists Billy Smiley and Mark Gersmehl, and bassist Gary Lunn. Whiteheart completed three albums before Dann called it quits in 1985. After leaving Whiteheart, maybe with a taste for something different, Dann and his brother David joined forces to create another band, Giant. This venture left Christian music behind to offer heavy metal, hard rock albums like Last of the Runaways and Time to Burn. Although Giant was well-received by critics, and despite scoring a massive hit with the single "I'll See You In My Dreams", they never achieved the level of success they deserved. When Time to Burn (their 2nd album, followed by III) released in 1992, their 80's style was quickly swallowed up by the arrival of the grunge music scene.

In the early 90’s Huff returned to Nashville and the insular world of sessions, playing on hits by artists such as Clint Black, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire and Shania Twain, whose husband/producer “Mutt” Lange, encouraged Huff to try production. Huff's move into production was the result of friendly persuasion by Lange, who told Huff, "You are a producer in guitarist's clothes." He was flattered but didn't know where to start until Lange recommended Huff to Faith Hill. Within a couple of years, Dann Huff was making a name for himself as a producer in Nashville. His credits included Faith Hill, Lonestar and newcomers SHeDaisy, as well as two Megadeth albums. What he couldn't have predicted was that Lonestar and SHeDaisy would become award-winning acts selling millions of albums. As their careers took off, so did Huff's. Today, Dann ranks among Music Row's most in-demand producers, with an impressive production discography that includes Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Faith Hill, Lonestar, Carrie Underwood, Jewel, Wynonna, Deana Carter, Pat Green, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jimmy Wayne, Shedaisy, Kenny Rogers, Leann Rimes, Martina McBride, Bryan White, Chely Wright, Rebecca St. James, Collin Raye, Trace Adkin, Julianne Hough, Steel Magnolia and Bon Jovi, just to name a few.

Recently, not only was it announced that BMG Rights Management has partnered with Dann Huff and publisher Darrell Franklin to form BMG Rights Management Nashville, but Huff was recently named Billboard’s Country Producer of the Decade and was the recipient of the 2010 Producer of the Year Award from the Academy of Country Music. And all of this is from a guy who didn't even listen to country music when he was growing up in Nashville.