Doug Bruce is a born and bred Texan who now finds himself living his dream down under in Australia. A formidable country singer/songwriter, 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. Australians have embraced Doug’s songs and his strong delivery of words and music to touch the heart as well as tickle the funny bone. With the release of his award-winning self-penned single “What I’m Drinkin’ About” to an international audience, Doug’s fanbase is set to go global.
With the release of his first full album, All I Need, Doug has been awarded the 2009 Best Male Vocalist in the well regarded Tamworth Independent Artists Recognition Awards. Doug also won Best Contemporary Song (for I Know About Lonesome) in the Professional section of the Tamworth Songwriters’ Association 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, winning Victorian Male Vocalist, Victorian Album of the Year and the Smoky Dawson Best Independent Release (for the album All I Need) 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 12th 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 co-written with Crakajak frontman, Harry Jon Nanos. 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).