Damien Horne

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Damien Horne
Horne at the Cummins Station in Nashville, Tennessee on August 24, 2006
Background information
Also known asMista D
Born (1978-07-14) July 14, 1978 (age 41)
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano

Damien Horne, also known as Mista D[1] (born July 14, 1978) is an American recording artist, musician and songwriter.

He is a member of the trio The Farm, as well as Nashville's MuzikMafia,[2] and is involved with the Salvation Army, Samaritan's Feet, and other humanitarian organizations.

He has collaborated and performed with Melissa Manchester, Bon Jovi, Kid Rock, John Legend, Hank Williams, Jr. The Commodores, 3 Doors Down, Faith Hill, Big & Rich, Shemekia Copeland, Robert Randolph, Jewel, Josh Kelley, Gretchen Wilson, Velvet Revolver, and The Neville Brothers.[3][4]


He became a member of the MuzikMafia in 2001, and recorded his first album Somebody's Hero in 2008 under the direction and production of Big Kenny of Big & Rich. When asked about the project, Big Kenny said

"I have never met a more important artist for our times, completely real, unique, deserving and uplifting. I cannot stop until the world hears his music. He writes, he sings , he plays piano and guitar, he dances like 'the man' and you know it when he backflips off the stage in a way that would make James Brown proud."[5]

Horne signed a publishing deal with Big Love Music in 2007.[3][6]

He has made appearances on One Cubed,[7] The 700 Club,[8][9] and Legends & Lyrics,[4] as well as appeared in Rolling Stone and on the cover of Lifeway Christian Singles magazine.[10][11]

In 2006, he and Keith Urban put together and directed a children's choir during the 2006 CMT awards show in tribute to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.[12][13]

In 2007, he made a trip along with fellow MuzikMafia member Big Kenny to Akon Sudan[14] to bring medical and school supplies, along with musical instruments, clothing and building tools to the Kunyuk School for Girls.

In 2008, he appeared on Extreme Makeover Home Edition[15][16] working alongside the crew and people of Charlotte North Carolina to help build a house for the King family. In addition, he performed a benefit concert with his band to raise money for the family.[15] Later in 2008, he walked 300 miles with Emmanuel "Manny" Ohonme performing nightly at each stop for the Samaritan's Feet[17][18] organization to raise one million pairs of shoes for children. He also wrote and recorded the theme song for the organization produced and arranged by his keyboardist Chris Mendoza.[19][20]

In 2009, he and Big Kenny hosted "Nashville 4 Africa",[21][22] with Faith Hill, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, and Brad Arnold of 3 Doors Down. A benefit concert to raise money for charitable causes in Uganda and Sudan.

Horne's song "She Can Play" is the theme song for the ACC.[23][24]

Horne has also worked Singer-Songwriter John Legend. When asked about up and coming artists we should look out for, John said:

"I’ve been working with this guy who is based in Nashville, his name is Damien Horne, he’s good. Look out for him, he’s a good song-writer and performer. He plays the guitar too."[25]

In 2010, Horne contributed four tracks to Big Kenny's third solo album, Big Kenny's Love Everybody Traveling Musical Medicine Show Mix Tape, Vol. 1. In 2011, Horne founded The Farm with Krista Marie and Nick Hoffman.


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  4. ^ a b "Legends and Lyrics // Songwriters in the Round // PBS Music Show". Legendsandlyrics.com. Archived from the original on 2016-01-30. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  5. ^ "Damien Horne Music, Lyrics, Songs, and Videos". Reverbnation.com. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  6. ^ "Big Kenny Signs Damien Horne to Big Love Music | News". BMI.com. 2007-01-19. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  7. ^ "1 Cubed - Damien Horne - Biography, Interviews and Music Interviews". S240778137.onlinehome.us. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
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  12. ^ "MuzikMafia : Muzik Without Prejudice". 6 October 2008. Archived from the original on 6 October 2008. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Katrina Photos: Everyday People Helping Hurricane Katrina Victims | The Fun Times Guide to Weather". Weather.thefuntimesguide.com. 2005-09-17. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
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  19. ^ "Speakerheart Artist Damien Horne Joins Samaritan's Feet World Walk - Technology News". redOrbit. 2008-10-16. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  20. ^ "Samaritans Feet - Be a samaritan. Give a shoe. Change a life". 5 January 2009. Archived from the original on 5 January 2009. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  21. ^ "News : Nashville4Africa Concert Brings Love and Compassion to Music City". CMT. 2009-04-23. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  22. ^ "Nashville4Africa African Childrens Choir w Big Kenny Keith Urban Faith Hill Dierks Bentley | The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee | Schermerhorn Symphony Center | MUSIC". NowPlayingNashville.com. 2009-04-22. Archived from the original on 2014-08-12. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  23. ^ "ACC's theme song: 'She Can Play' | newsobserver.com blogs". Blogs.newsobserver.com. Archived from the original on 2012-05-04. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  24. ^ "Atlantic Coast Conference Unveils 'She Can Play' Remix - The Official Athletic Site of the Atlantic Coast Conference". 22 September 2012. Archived from the original on 22 September 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  25. ^ "John Legend Talks Kanye West, Amy Winehouse And Justin Bieber". TaleTela. 2010-10-15. Archived from the original on 2014-08-12. Retrieved 2014-08-10.