Another friend from Chicago, Richard Marx, was looking for a record deal at this same time. Bruce played in Richard’s band for the showcases that got him signed. Then they wrote and recorded Richard’s debut single “Don’t Mean Nothing,” which was Bruce’s first song in the top five. Richard and Bruce continue their friendship as well as their writing and recording relationship to this day.
Another frequent collaborator (and fellow ex-Chicagoan) is Patrick Leonard. Together with Madonna they wrote a song for her “True Blue” record and it became Bruce’s first number one song: “La Isla Bonita.” This song won Bruce an ASCAP most performed award for 1987. The song has gone on to be #1 in over 24 countries worldwide.
Timothy B. Schmidt (Eagles), Peter Cetera, Chicago, Kansas, The Fixx, Restless Heart, Poco, Phillip Bailey, Tom Scott, Agnetta Faltskog (ABBA), Lara Fabian, and over 100 other artists have also recorded Bruce’s songs.
Most recently Bruce has produced an album for Dutch superstar Ilse DeLange on Warner Bros. Records. The CD entitled Clean Up spent 5 weeks at #1 in Holland. Watch for her worldwide release soon. Bruce also appeared in Christopher Guest’s latest film A Mighty Wind. Bruce appears in the film as, you guessed it, a guitarist.
The thirteen original instrumentals of Sincerely feature Bruce's rootsy guitar work with help from harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy and vocalese by Janey Clewer. Five of the finest vintage and modern microphones captured the exquisite tone of Bruce's McPherson acoustic guitars to create possibly the best sounding acoustic guitar recording ever.
Miss Sam, Popcorn with Daisy, Mia's Day, Mrs Andersson, Sally's Prayer, Roslyn's Dance, Covington's Class, Jenny's Dream, Swamp Thang, Mom & Dad, For Lynette, Janey & I, Mr Lucky
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