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Bruce Burch

Growing up in Gainesville, GA, Bruce Burch fell in love with country  music  the  moment  he  heard  Kris Kristofferson's song "For The Good Times" in 1972. After listening to a Kristofferson album he grabbed a guitar and began learning the songs from the album and within a couple of months began writing his first song. Bruce didn't know it at the time, but that moment would be the beginning of a songwriting career in Nashville that would change his life.

After graduating from The University of Georgia in 1975 and moving to Nashville in  1977,  his  first  song was recorded by  Slim  Pickens  -  "It's  All  These  Onions  ( That  Are Making Me Cry)", which never got released.   The  first  recorded  song,  released  September  1982,  was  cut  by The  Oak  Ridge  Boys - "Christmas Carol." In 1988, he got his first big break co-writing a couple of  top 10 hits, "Out of Sight  and On My Mind", recorded by Billy Joe Royal and "The Last Resort" by T. Graham Brown.

Bruce landed a job writing songs at Famous Music in Nashville, which  was  owned  by  Paramount, then opened  his own  publishing  company  in  1991   -  Bruce  Burch  Publishing.  He  co-wrote  two  #1  hits, recorded by Reba McEntire, "Rumor Has It", released in November 1990 and "It's Your Call", released  in December 1992. Numerous artists recorded his songs - Billy Joe Royal, Aaron Tippin, Faith Hill,The  Oak Ridge Boys, George Jones, Barbara Mandrell, John Anderson, Wayne Newton and the  list  goes  on. 

In 1996 he started working at EMI Publishing as Creative Director.  He  was  able to work with the  classic song catalogs of songwriters such as Kris Kristofferson, Tony Joe White, Smokey Robinson, Dolly Parton, Mac Davis and many others. Bruce has enjoyed much success as  a  Georgia  songwriter,  but  it's  taken many years to achieve it and it's taken long hours and hard work to sustain before getting  his  big  break. He's worked in the creative end of the business as a  songwriter, the  business  end  as  a  publisher  and creative director.

In  2005  he  had  an  opportunity  to  co-create  and direct  the University  of   Georgia   Music   Business Program. His mission was to provide  leaders  for  the  "new"  entertainment  industry.  He  has served  as National Trustee for the Atlanta  Chapter  of  the  Recording  Academy  for  almost  two  years, serves  on the executive board for The John Jarrard Foundation, is a  board  member  of  the  Music  and Entertainment Industry Education Association.

In  August  2010,  he  became   the  director  for  the  Joel  A. Katz  Music  and  Entertainment   Business  Program   at    Kennesaw   State   University   and   recently   the   Executive  In  Residence   at   Brenau University.

It's apparent Bruce doesn't let  the  "grass  grow  under  his feet." He's done an outstanding job  through  the  contributions  he's  made  and  continues  to  make  for Georgia music. His contributions will be  felt
by many future generations.

Reba McEntire Performs "It's Your Call"
Written By Bruce Burch , Shawna Harrington-Burkhart & Liz Hengber
Reba McEntire Performs "Rumor Has It"
Written By Bruce Burch, Vern Dant & Larry Shell
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