Michael B. Nelson

Producer | Composer | Arranger | Trombonist | Head Hornhead

Hornheads on new Prince single w/Zooey Deschanel

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014

Hornheads on new Prince single w/Zooey Deschanel

Prince’s new single FALLINLOVE2NITE feat. Zooey Deschanel, has been released by Epic Records (available on iTunes). The Hornheads got to drop in some funky licks throughout the song, and I had the pleasure of bringing in Adi Yeshaya and  STRINGenius to add the wonderful string work. The song was 1st premiered on the post Superbowl episode of “New Girl” in which Prince guest...

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Prince releases new single featuring the Hornheads

Posted by on Jun 20, 2013

Prince releases new single featuring the Hornheads

Prince has just released “Extraloveable Reloaded” for download on his 3rd Eye Girl website. This is a remake of a song of his from the early ’80s that now includes a signature Hornheads breakdown in the middle. There’s a sample of it on Dr. Funkenberry if you want to check it out, but it doesn’t get to the real funky horn stuff. Prince asked me to do a horn break in...

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More Hornheads work with Prince released

Posted by on Jun 14, 2013

More Hornheads work with Prince released

The Hornheads appear on 2 more Prince singles”Boyfriend Demo” and “Ain’t Gonna Miss U When U’re Gone” featuring Ledisi. Both are available for download at 3rd Eye Girl. (update – Boyfriend is no longer available at the 3rd Eye Girl site). “Boyfriend” has some fun interplay between 2 differently configured Hornheads passes. So 10 horns! This...

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Hornheads featured on new IKV CD and used in Target commercial

Posted by on Jun 8, 2013

Hornheads featured on new IKV CD and used in Target commercial

Who would’ve thought that when we recorded horns in my studio in South Minneapolis last year for our old Argentinian friends, Dante and Emmanuel of Illya Kuryaki and the Vallderramas, would end up on a Target commercial and get a shout out from Oprah. Here’s the Billboard article about their new project “Chances”, which features 4 of my arrangements with the Hornheads....

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Michael B. Nelson’s horn arrangements for Jonas Brothers

Posted by on Jun 9, 2009

Michael B. Nelson’s horn arrangements for Jonas Brothers

The most recent horn arranging and recording project with the Hornheads is the Jonas Brothers’ new release, Lines, Vines, and Trying Times, produced by the multi-talented John Fields (Mandy Moore, Switchfoot, Backstreet Boys, Greazy Meal), and hits on June 16th.  I wrote the horn arrangements and recorded the Hornheads on 3 tracks, “Much Better”, “Hey Baby”, and “WW3”. Our horns for the...

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