Carl Horton


Carl Horton was born in Warsaw, Indiana, U.S.A., and proudly maintains citizenship for both Canada and the United States.

A pianist, composer, arranger, and educator, Carl began his professional career in 1979 as a sideman and accompanist to some of Canada’s musical greats – Ronnie Hawkins, Ian Thomas, Guido Basso and Jude Johnson among them.

In 1984 Carl assisted in writing a curriculum of Music Appreciation called Sound All Around for the Hamilton Separate School Board. The same year he was named Music Director for Hamilton Follies, Inc., and later produced and directed the Follies for 10 years. In 1989 Carl joined the Faculty of Music at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario.

Carl’s music production company, The Noodle Factory, was formed in 1992. He has written numerous film scores, among them the holiday classic Home For Christmas starring Mickey Rooney and the award winning British short film Breakfast With Monica. Carl has received numerous awards for music written for advertising (nearly 500 commercial music tracks) for clients including Petro-Canada, McDonalds, Sears, and the Province of Ontario. He has scored many television shows for CITY-TV, CTV, LIFE, Bravo, TVO, among others.

Performance highlights include appearing before Prince Charles, Prime Minister Jean Chretien, and President George H.W. Bush. In demand as a recording session keyboardist and programmer, and as a concert accompanist, Carl keeps a very busy schedule. He has an extensive library of the popular music of the early 20th Century and is recognized as an authority on the subject.

In addition to composing, arranging, performing and teaching, Carl is the Director of RAC Digital Arts College in Toronto, Ontario.