Emmy Award-winning songwriter, Trey Bruce, moved to Nashville just in time for the 1990’s country music boom. Trey was a rock drummer from Memphis so…..what could go wrong? He credits a copy of Springsteen’s “Tunnel of Love” as the bridge he had to cross to make the trip, lyrically & spiritually. Luckily, Trey’s first demo got cut immediately by Shelby Lynn and was a top 15 hit so as a result, he signed his first publishing deal with MCA Music.
After 3 years at MCA, in 1993, Trey co-founded a small indie publishing company, Big Tractor Music, with record producer Scott Hendricks and there he received 13 ASCAP Awards, an Emmy Award, and the first 5 of 10 #1 singles, multiple top 5 & 10 hits and an Academy Of Country Music Song of the Year nomination. During the Big Tractor years, Trey developed a love for coffee and long nights in the studio so he became a record producer. Trey’s first and still favorite record to make was Chris LeDoux’s critically acclaimed “One Road Man” followed by 4 Trace Adkins albums, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Rebecca Lynn Howard’s “Forgive”.
Over one thousand songs, projects, and demos later, Trey left Big Tractor in 2005 to start a publishing joint-venture with Chrysalis Music and became Head of A&R and Creative in the Nashville office. At Chrysalis Trey singed and developed new artists, such as GAC’s KingBilly, Warner Brothers artists Chris Janson and Charlie Worsham, American Idol’s Kree Harrison and TJ & John Osborne of Brothers Osborne. At Chrysalis Trey wrote a ton of new songs with everyone from Duff McKagan & Scott Weiland to Carrie Underwood to Randy Travis and Richard Marx. Trey built a catalog of roughly 800 songs in 5 years as well as cuts in the rock format and #1 singles in Australia and Canada.
In 2013 Trey started his own music publishing and artist development company, Galore MGMT. To make a complex story really simple…Trey loves writing and producing music. The paragraph above is a quick scan of over 25 years in the music business from Nashville to around the world and back! It would take a river of coffee and a mountain of guitars to really tell the story of this true troubadour prisoner!