December 4, 1965Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Trey Bruce(born December 4, 1965) is an American country music songwriter. Bruce has co-written three songs that became number one singles on the Billboard country charts: "Look Heart, No Hands", "Spirit of a Boy, Wisdom of a Man" and "Whisper My Name" by Randy Travis, and "How Your Love Makes Me Feel" by Diamond Rio. He has also co-written several Top 5 country singles for other artists, including Faith Hill, Doug Stone, Trisha Yearwood and Trace Adkins. Bruce received a Daytime Emmy Award for Best Original Song in 2001 along with co-writers John Bettis and Brian D. Siewart.
Bruce's musical career began at an early age, when he played drums at various clubs around Memphis, Tennessee. In 1989, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee and signed with MCA Music Publishing as a songwriter. His first hit as a songwriter came in 1990, when Shelby Lynne reached the U.S. Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts with "Things Are Tough All Over"; in 1993, Randy Travis reached Number One on the same chart with Bruce's "Look Heart, No Hands". (Travis also recorded two more songs written by Bruce: 1994's "Whisper My Name" and 1998's "Spirit of a Boy, Wisdom of a Man".)
In 1994, the publishing company Big Tractor Music was formed, with Bruce being signed as one of the company's first songwriters. Since then, he has written songs for several country music artists, including Doug Stone, Lee Roy Parnell, Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes, Mindy McCready, Diamond Rio, and SHeDAISY. Bruce has also co-produced albums for Trace Adkins, Rebecca Lynn Howard and Chris LeDoux. Bruce also produced three of Adkins's albums: 1999's More, 2001's Chrome and 2003's Comin' On Strong.
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