Texas-born singer/songwriter Doug Bruce now resides in Bendigo, Australia. Doug’s career in country music has seen him move from behind the drums to front of stage, impressing die-hard country fans and new converts alike with his rich voice and natural affinity for the southern country sound.
With the release of his first full album, All I Need, Doug has been awarded 2009 Best Male Vocalist in the well regarded Tamworth Independent Artists Recognition Awards (TIARAs). Doug also took out Best Contemporary Song (for I Know About Lonesome) in the Professional section of the Tamworth Songwriters’ Association (TSA) National Songwriting Competition. He was also a top five finalist in the Traditional section (for Just Three Minutes). Doug was also a finalist in all six of his nominated categories of the prestigious Victorian & National Country Music Awards 2009, taking out Victorian Male Vocalist, Victorian Album of the Year and the Smoky Dawson Best Independent Release (for the album) in the National section. The first single, and title track, released from the album, "All I Need" was in the Australian Hot Country Top 50 for 15 weeks, reaching number 20, and also saw Doug placed as a finalist in the Americana section of the 12 Annual Unisong International Song Contest.
Doug recorded and produced All I Need from his own purpose-built Shoo Fly Studios, and wrote all the songs, with two songs also co-written by 2008 Victorian Entertainer of the Year, Harry Jon Nanos. The first single and title track from the album, All I Need, was released to radio (no. 20 on NFS 128) in December 2008 and has been well received by presenters across the country. The album has reaped significant praise in the country music and mainstream press. Described as producing ‘a fabulous album’ and ‘quite exceptional’, Doug has been described as having “a simply awesome talent to wring emotion from words and music” (Deborah Minter, Capital News, December 2008) and one who has “embraced the toe-tapping Australian beats to complement his smoky, Deep South voice” (Sarah Warne, Sunday Herald Sun, February 8, 2009). A music video for What I’m Drinkin’ About was released in May 2009 to Australian Country Music Channel and available worldwide on YouTube (www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqyju1io814).
Born in Aubrey, Texas, Doug moved to Bendigo five years ago with his Australian wife and their young son. Whilst a relative newcomer to front of stage, Doug’s music career began almost 20 years ago, performing primarily as a drummer and backing vocalist for numerous bands in the north Texas area. He has also spent time in Nashville performing and doing studio session work as a drummer and backing vocalist. This afforded him many amazing opportunities, with highlights including live performances and radio broadcasts on The Grand Ole Opry and on The Midnight Jamboree at the Texas Troubadour Theatre with Grammy nominated singer songwriter and 2008 European CMA Male Vocalist, Billy Yates.
Doug tours with his band “The Tailgaters” around Australia.