COUNTRY singer Doug Bruce never wanted to be a front man.
He preferred to let someone else take the lead role while he played the drums in the background.
But he always had a desire to put his own voice to his songs.
"I was happy being a drummer but had also written songs that had never been heard," Bruce said.
"People kept encouraging me to put my own songs out there with my own voice and so eventually I did.
"I was surprised by the positive reaction, and today I continue to get a buzz when my songs are sung back to me by people at the shows."
Bruce moved from America to Australia over eight years ago and finally made the decision to become a singer.
Since ditching the role of drummer, Bruce has self produced three of his albums — All I Need, A Good Place and Made That Way.
Bruce said he decided to self-produce all three albums out of necessity and because he had always wanted to be a producer.
"I took an interest in recording when I was very young and was introduced to the real world of record production during my time in Nashville," he said.
"Working in a number of studios in Music City I absorbed all the practical knowledge I could from the engineers and producers I had contact with and then combined that with my musical ability to eventually open Shoo Fly Studios.
"I now record my projects and produce albums for other artists as well, and have been honoured with many radio charting and awards success with many of those songs and albums to date."
Bruce released his third album Made That Way in January.
The album's self titled track, Made That Way, climbed to No 2 on Australia's Country Tracks Top 30 charts.
Bruce said the song is about life experiences.
"It's about who you are and being true to who you are and not what others think you should be," he said.
"When I first began my singing career in Australia I would often get asked why I was trying to sing like an American.
"My only response was 'I'm just made that way'."
Bruce has teamed up with fellow country music singer Roo Arcus on their Cowboys & Honky Tonks Tour around the country.
One of their stops will include a performance at Rooty Hill RSL on Friday, September 6, from 8pm.