On the new CTV series The Launch, 30 of the most talented musical acts from across Canada have been hand picked to hit the studio with an A-list line up of mentors. While in the studio, the up and coming musicians will have the chance to record an original piece of music while working with mentors like Shania Twain, Alessia Cara, Boy George, Ryan Tedder and producer Dann Huff.
No stranger to the studio, Huff has spent his career in a recording booth working as a session musician and a producer for some of the biggest acts in music over the past 30 years. Today we’re getting to know music icon Dann Huff and visiting some of his most memorable career moments.
Don’t miss the series premiere of The Launch on Wednesday, January 10 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV and CTV GO.
1. He began his career as a musician
Dann Huff played in several bands, including White Heart, which he formed with his brother David Huff. After releasing three albums with White Heart, Huff left and later formed the group Giant, once again with his brother.
2. He can play it all
In the early 1990s, Huff began his career as a successful session guitarist. From pop to rock to Christian to metal, Huff played everything, working with Barbara Streisand, Michael Jackson, Donna Summer, Rod Stewart, and fellow Launch Mentor, Shania Twain.
3. He’s both a session musician and a producer
In addition to working as a session guitarist, Huff also began producing in the late 1990s. Some of the first artists he produced for were Megadeath, Faith Hill, and Lonestar.
4. His credits include rock and pop chart toppers
Two of the most famous songs that Huff played on were released decades apart, with White Snake’s “Here I Go Again On My Own” and Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger.” Showing his versatility in the studio, there is seemingly no genre left untouched by Huff’s incredible production skills and musicianship.
5. He’s still working on huge albums
Showing no signs of slowing down, Huff is still a sought-after session musician and producer. Most recently, Huff has hit the studio with Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Vince Gill, and fellow The Launch mentor Jennifer Nettles.