Trey Bruce

Songwriter/Producer/Publisher

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I'm an Emmy Award winning Songwriter and ACM Song Of The Year Nominee. I've won 16 ASCAP Awards and written with some of the biggest artists in the world, in Country, Pop & Rock. My songs have been at the top of Billboard's #1 singles chart as a Songwriter and as Producer and they've appeared in TV series' more than 500 times.

I moved to Nashville to be a professional songwriter. I was a rock-kid-drummer from Memphis so, it was a pretty ambitious move, to say the least! Long story short, I signed a publishing deal with one of the majors in my 3rd year in Nash and the 1st song I turned in got cut and became a Top15 hit...... I was delivering pizza the first time I heard it on the radio. It was raining btw. I was suddenly learning the music business on a very fast fly

I've written 100%-ers that get cut and even go #1, but I think people look to me for a special lyric most of the time. A&R & Producers have called me, when they just need something different. I look at every write as a new process depending on what the artist/co-writer is used to or needs. I can write to a very specific target or I can improvise in the moment and go stream of consciousness. Either way, a song that's simply good, is never what I'm trying to write.

I like writing in the studio so I can access whatever vibe & sound the artist hears in their head at that moment. We can start building a track or just grab a guitar or sit at the piano. Basically I have no rules about how to write, I just follow the artist. Zoom, FaceTime, Skype...all work for me.

A song is just words & melody. At that point is can still be any genre...

Send me a note through the contact button above.

Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Trey Bruce
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Trace Adkins
  • Reba McEntire
  • Black Stone Cherry
  • Lauren Jenkins
  • Lauren Jenkins
  • Lauren Jenkins
  • Lauren Jenkins
  • Duff McKagan
  • Diamond Rio
  • Lauren Jenkins
  • Aaron Pritchett
  • The Washboard Union
  • The Washboard Union
  • Randy Travis
  • Nashville Cast
  • Nashville Cast
  • George Canyon
  • About a Mile
  • Alabama
  • Alabama
  • Trace Adkins
  • Lucy Hale
  • Dave Koz
  • Trace Adkins
  • Alabama
  • Chris LeDoux
  • ZZ Top
  • Chila Lynn
  • George Canyon
  • Black Stone Cherry
  • Black Stone Cherry
  • Mindy McCready
  • Mindy McCready
  • Mindy McCready
  • Mindy McCready
  • Mindy McCready
  • The McClymonts
  • Allie Gillis
  • One More Girl
  • Gloriana
  • Gloriana
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd
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  • Jessie Farrell
  • Trace Adkins
  • Randy Travis
  • Doug Stone
  • Duff McKagan
  • Duff McKagan's Loaded
  • Will Hoge
  • Randy Travis
  • Crystal Shawanda
  • Brittini Black
  • Jo Dee Messina
  • LeAnn Rimes
  • Trisha Yearwood
  • Cliff Richard
  • Cliff Richard
  • Cliff Richard
  • Cliff Richard
  • Amy-Jayne McCabe
  • Neal McCoy
  • George Canyon
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Lester
  • Steven Whitson
  • Chris Gray
  • Danni Leigh
  • Russell Walker
  • The McClymonts
  • Trace Adkins
  • Shane Yellowbird
  • Lisa Dames
  • Shelby Lynne
  • Neal McCoy
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Cliff Richard
  • Cliff Richard
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  • LeAnn Rimes
  • Lorrie Morgan
  • Aubrey Collins
  • Aubrey Collins
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  • Aubrey Collins
  • Aubrey Collins
  • Aubrey Collins
  • SHeDAISY
  • Randy Travis
  • Reina
  • Clay Walker
  • Mark Wills
  • Trace Adkins
  • Trace Adkins
  • Trace Adkins
  • Trace Adkins
  • Trace Adkins
  • Dusty Drake
  • Trace Adkins
  • Randy Travis
  • Chris LeDoux
  • Chris LeDoux
  • Aaron Pritchett
  • Rebecca Lynn Howard
  • Rebecca Lynn Howard
  • Rebecca Lynn Howard
  • SHeDAISY
  • Marie Sisters
  • Samantha King
  • Ed Bruce
  • Randy Travis
  • J. Michael Harter
  • Trace Adkins
  • Trace Adkins
  • Trace Adkins
  • Trisha Yearwood
  • Randy Travis
  • Randy Travis
  • Diamond Rio
  • Jeff Carson
  • Billy Hoffman
  • Daryle Singletary
  • Rebecca Lynn Howard
  • Neal McCoy
  • Robin Lee
  • Robin Lee
  • Shelby Lynne
  • Lorrie Morgan
  • Chris LeDoux
  • Lee Roy Parnell
  • Julie Reeves
  • Trace Adkins
  • Lorrie Morgan
  • Lila McCann
  • Randy Travis
  • Jo Dee Messina
  • Gary Allan
  • Possum Dixon
  • Possum Dixon
  • Chris LeDoux
  • Chris LeDoux
  • Randy Travis
  • Trace Adkins
  • Buffalo Club
  • Burnin' Daylight
  • Diamond Rio
  • Doug Stone
  • Daryle Singletary
  • Deana Carter
  • Trace Adkins
  • Michelle Wright
  • Randy Travis
  • Suzy Bogguss
  • Suzy Bogguss
  • Buffalo Club
  • Mark Wills
  • Glen Burtnik
  • Reba McEntire
  • Doug Stone
  • Faith Hill
  • Jeff Carson
  • Mark Collie
  • Marty Stuart
  • Lee Roy Parnell
  • Lee Roy Parnell
  • Perfect Stranger
  • Larry Stewart
  • Faith Hill
  • Randy Travis
  • Steve Wariner
  • Trisha Yearwood
  • Randy Travis
  • John Michael Montgomery
  • Neal McCoy
  • The Fratz
  • Shelby Lynne
  • The Cat and Owl
  • Kirsty Lee Akers
  • Sara Storer
  • The Darlins
  • JJ
  • Audra McLaughlin
  • Suzy Bogguss
  • Suzy Bogguss
  • Dianna Corcoran
  • The McClymonts
  • King's Bullet
  • Party Tyme Karaoke
  • Party Tyme Karaoke
  • Party Tyme Karaoke
  • Party Tyme Karaoke
  • Party Tyme Karaoke
  • Party Tyme Karaoke
  • Party Tyme Karaoke
  • Party Tyme Karaoke
  • Party Tyme Karaoke
  • Party Tyme Karaoke
  • Party Tyme Karaoke
  • Party Tyme Karaoke
  • The Washboard Union
  • The Washboard Union
  • Nu-Blu
  • The McClymonts
  • Sara Storer
  • Sara Storer
  • Livy Jeanne
  • Me'schell Rigsby
  • Camille Harrison

124 Reviews - 28 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Simon
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    An amazing writer who will elevate your song and performance to the next level every single time!! I would not recomend working WITHOUT Trey ;) !!!

  2. Review by Ryan S.
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    Trey is an outstanding songwriter and I highly recommend him. Not only is he incredibly talented, he's very enjoyable to work with. There isn't anyone else I'd rather work with than him.

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    Trey is a truly amazing rock songwriter !!! Same goes for pop, hard rock, metal, r&b, country etc so that's all you need to know, hands down.

  4. Review by Gabriel B.
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    Great as always!

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    Trey is super professional. Great to work with! Grazie

  6. Review by Jared Pollock
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    I loved writing with Trey. His attention to detail to every lyric is what I enjoyed most. I hope to work together in the near future again.

  7. Review by Ryan S.
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    Trey is incredibly talented and I highly recommend working with him.

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    It was a privilege to be able to work with someone like Trey and I'd highly recommend him to anyone. He's incredibly talented and very easy to work with.

  9. Review by Ross C.
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    Trey helped me to write lyrics for a song melody I wrote. He did an outstanding job of creating a theme for the lyrics that makes the song stand out in an original way. He has very strong music sensibilities and great attention to detail in the rhymes and rhythms of the lyrics! Great to work with.

  10. Review by Ryan S.
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    An outstanding songwriter as well as an outstanding person. I highly recommend working with Trey.

  11. Review by James
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    For helping even when sick slammed

  12. Review by ANONYMOUS
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    Trey is super professional. Extremely multi-tasking, and I'm happy to work with him on a project! Trey - follows through even when questions arise, super friendly and I'm very happy with that! I look forward to working promptly on other projects as well!

  13. Review by Alexander M.
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    Trey is genius! What else can I say?! Unforgettable experience of the project collaboration!

  14. Review by Marjory C.
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    Trey’s artistry never fails to amaze me! He’s also an excellent coach and mentor with a gift for dissecting my lyrics, and working closely with me to reveal the heart of it. In the end, he always makes it soar. Really appreciate his time, dedication, and patience with the process and am thrilled with our latest effort! Highly recommend!

  15. Review by Mark ).
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    Trey is a great writer and teacher. I didn't expect to have a remote writing session. I'm honored to have worked with a professional hit maker and producer!

  16. Review by Nathaniel M.
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    I've worked with Trey twice. Both times he has delivered. Very talented. He has the ability to take a simple idea and write a whole song around it. You should work with him, too!

  17. Review by Wayne S.
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    Trey is a consummate pro. He writes and composes with passion and immense talent. He will help anyone craft excellent and meaningful songs. You can't go wrong working with Trey.

  18. Review by arkadin1
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    Trey is the best person I have worked with on SoundBetter. He is a MASTER of songwriting! I had the start of a song, but didn't know how to finish it. He guided me through the songwriting process. The song was written quickly, and was just beautiful. You will LOVE working with Trey!!

  19. Review by Gabriel B.
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    Excellent...again ;)

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    Trey is very professional, love the job we did!

Interview with Trey Bruce

  1. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  2. A: Lots of experience.

  3. Q: What's your typical work process?

  4. A: As always my work process is dictated by the artist of the week or month etc. Some artist just prefer to work simple, with me on piano or acoustic guitar. As we develop the song, I'll put down a rhythm guitar part, quick & simple so it doesn't interrupt the writing. I keep another track open to catch the melodies and lines as they come, even as first versions. If it's radio pop, I may be building and cutting up loops as we brainstorm the direction and desired outcome. This process is not so dependent on the lyric as a entity that can stand on it's own without production. In this case every line is focused as a possible hook, repeat, catchy cadence using vowels and consonants to be the meat of the lyric. Those are 2 of several common processes at the moment.

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: My studio set up is simple, it changes every week depending on the type of project I'm working on. I can cut everything live, or nothing live. For about 50% of the country projects, I cut the rhythm section live. As a drummer originally I have that covered. I have an amp iso booth for real amps and guitars etc. For the other half of country records and all pop records, I do it all in the box. I have ProTools, Studio One and Digital Performer, all the software and plugs, libraries etc needed for the wide range of projects that fall under pop and alternative descriptions. For recording vocals and acoustic instruments I have hardware mic chains in front of my DAW: API Mic Pres > API EQs > Distressor Compressors and it to the box from there. I use an array of Neumann, Shure, AKG and AT mics.

  7. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  8. A: As a songwriter, I'm not specific to a particular genre so my inspirations come from various directions. I'm inspired by Rick Rubin's wide selection of artists' he's produced if just for the vision of variety. I'm inspired by some artists for staying-the-course no matter what, and for others by re-inventing themselves on almost every record.

  9. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  10. A: The most common work I do with clients is help them understand the difference in writing just another song that's ok at best or, doesn't matter at worst...from writing a really good, possibly great song, that matters.

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Terms Of Service

I can write a song with you or for you. I can do one revision, above that, $50 per. I'll deliver the song as a guitar/voc or piano/voc sung by me. For a pro demo singer, add $200

GenresSounds Like
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Eric Church
  • Maren Morris
Gear Highlights
  • ProTools
  • DigitalPerformer
  • Studio One
  • All the plugs & Sound libraries
  • Hardware includes API Mic Pres
  • API EQs
  • API 8200 Summing Mixer
  • PreSonus
  • Empirical Labs Distressors
  • MOTU 828x
  • Mics: AKG
  • Audio-Technica
  • Shure etc
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