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, is the way to go for remote writes.

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

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

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147 Reviews - 30 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Brad G.
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    Really enjoyed working with Trey, he had great ideas and knows a lot about songwriting. Would definitely recommend

  2. Review by Paige W.
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    Trey was so helpful and such a professional. This was my first time writing a song and he taught me a lot. He was very positive, kind, and he is so talented. I look forward to working with Trey again.

  3. Review by Shara M.
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    Trey is so knowledgeable and talented! Upon our introductory meet, I immediately felt like it was a good match for my project. His personable vibe made our songwriting writing session such a great experience. I look forward to working with Trey in the future!

  4. Review by Clint J.
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    Trey was awesome. He gave encouraging, and specific feedback that really helped take the song to the next level. Really appreciate his detailed and thoughtful approach. Highly recommend him!

  5. Review by Bobby O.
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    I picked Trey to do a "Soundcheck" on a song in its final stages and Trey provided an honest and thorough review and made several suggestions for instrumental additions to an already solid song. I accepted his suggestions and then asked Trey to record the additions for my song. Trey came through in a big way and his additions were the "Nashville Icing" needed to finish off my song. I would highly recommend Trey to help with any part of your songwriting and/or production process. Thanks again!

  6. Review by David R.
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    I asked Trey to give me his professional opinion on a song I recently completed. He was very thorough in his feedback - providing suggestions on how to arrange the song in a better way, why it might work better to do it that way, and his insights based on years of working in the business. I am glad I asked him to review my song. It was much better as a result. Highly recommend Trey if you are looking to improve your craft.

  7. Review by Bobby O.
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    Thank you Trey for your honest and very thorough feedback! Even though you liked the song as is, you still suggested many ways the song could be enhanced. I would highly recommend handing your song over to Trey for a review at any stage in the songwriting process for helpful tips and suggestions. You won’t be disappointed! Thanks again!

  8. Review by phillipsandersmusic@gmail.com
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    Excellent as always!

  9. Review by Jacob C.
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    Cool dude to work with, grew up listening to some of his songs. Now I had to opportunity to have him write a song of mine? Cool right? I really appreciate your work. Sorry you were sick man. I know that sucks. Hope you are feeling better. Again, thank you so much and god bless. I’ll be in touch

  10. Review by Ryan S.
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    I really enjoy working with Trey. This is the 7th time I've worked with Trey and every single time I've worked with him I've had an outstanding experience.

  11. Review by Bob Y.
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    Trey gave me some valuable and encouraging feedback on my song. He had clearly put some thought into his comments and gave me some useful suggestions as to how the song could be improved. His response was prompt and clear, and I would have no hesitation in contacting him again.

  12. Review by Tom W.
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    Excellent review - both big picture & small details.

    Insightful comments that will help me get better as Songwriter & Arranger.

    By my experiences, it’s very difficult to get Fair, Thoughtful, Honest “constructive criticism” - so i value the Feedback Trey provided.

  13. Review by Mark J.
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    Trey gave very specific feedback on potential changes that could be made to the song/recording. I appreciate that he anticipated where the song might potentially land with various audiences, radio versus sync placement, alt country versus indie rock, et. al. Good ideas on additional instrumentation and mixing. Overall... pardon my french... Trey est trés bien!

  14. Review by phillipsandersmusic@gmail.com
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    Excellent job as always!!!

  15. Review by Andy J.
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    I recently had the privilege of working with Trey on a songwriting project, and the experience has been nothing short of transformative. From the moment we began, his professionalism and dedication were evident, setting the tone for a collaborative, enlightening, and ultimately, highly successful process. Working with Trey isn't just about getting a song written; it's about understanding the art, the craft, and the emotion behind music. I loved every minute of the experience! Thank You!!

  16. Review by Devin H.
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    Trey was not only great to work with but EASY to work with. He is passionate about songwriting and he can help put what you feel in a song.

  17. Review by Ryan S.
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    Trey is always incredibly enjoyable to work with. I'm grateful to get to work with him.

  18. Review by Cyril
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    Second Soundcheck done with Trey, and it's as always very insightful. Not only that, Trey goes into details and gives a true in-depth feedback. You must try this out with Trey, you are getting a feedback from an incredible discerning ear and a world class artist.

  19. Review by Marjory C.
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    Truly excellent, as always! Really love how Trey dives in and gives it everything he's got!

  20. Review by David T.
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    Trey was great. I came to him for lyric help on a song draft and we co-wrote a much better version together. A great help-plan to use him again!

Interview with Trey Bruce

  1. Q: How would you describe your style?

  2. A: Left to my own devices, in my studio with no artist to work for, I'm still a rock kid/singer-songwriter. Otherwise, I've trained myself over the years to not have a style when I'm writing or producing an artist. They are the ones making a record and I want to capture their style and then drop a signature on it when it's the right thing to do.

  3. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  4. A: who: David Bowie. why: ...david bowie. His melodies that are still playing and being repurposed all the time. His vision. I could go on...and on but so much of his artistry is hard to put in words.

  5. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  6. A: Not always, but many times when I'm cutting an artist that plays an instrument well, and it's part of the engine that their voice responds to, I like to have them lay the first instrument with a beat that keeps time but, stays out of the way, so their hands create the groove and not the beat leading the hands. A guitar player's right arm (or left) is connected to the heart, the rhythm of the body and if that gets on tape in a native way, the voice and vocal are completely at home. They have a better chance of always knowing where they are no matter how many things add-on from there.

  7. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  8. A: It varies widely because all artists aren't alike, even within a particular genre. There's nothing usual about my music days anymore because the styles and genres have all melted and run-in together with less definitive border lines.

  9. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  10. A: Listening to the artist and keeping them as far out on the edge as they'd like to be, without letting them fall.

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

  12. A: Lots of experience.

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

  14. 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.

  15. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  16. 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.

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

  18. 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.

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

  20. 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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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

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Gear Highlights
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