CCM artists with west coast touch…
Music has always been a part of Bruce Hibbard’s life. Growing up in a musically diverse family allowed him to be introduced to different instruments and varied styles of music at a very early age. His parents have been involved in church work in Oklahoma City for over 45 years. Bruce began playing in church at the age of 12 and was writing Christian music by his late teens. As his musical talents developed, he began working with other local musicians, playing in groups such as Ascension and Sonlight. By his early twenties, Bruce was involved with and traveled extensively with The Amplified Version, The Paul Clark Band and Phil Keaggy and pursued his own personal artistry. Some of Bruce’s early musical friends and mentors were Harlan Rodgers, Hadley Hockensmith, Bill Maxwell, Kelly Willard, Jonathan David Brown and Keith Edwards, all of whom resided in Oklahoma City during those days.
A Light Within, Bruce’s first album, was released in 1977. This project contained many songs that were recorded by other artists. He was soon signed by Word Records as a staff writer and his position eventually led to an artist deal. In 1981 Word released Bruce’s second album on the Myrrh label, Never Turnin’ Back. Co-written and produced by Hadley Hockensmith, Never Turnin’ Back was a critically acclaimed CCM album which produced three hit singles. You’re So Good To Me, a #1 single, remained in the top ten on national Christian radio for over two months. Bruce’s extensive writing career includes covers by Amy Grant, Jaci Velasquez, Scott Wesley Brown, The Imperials, Andrus Blackwood and Company and many more.
Bruce Hibbard continues to write, sing and produce. In 2000, he released Time Waits, a pop jazz offering, on his own label VIZOR MUSIC. Now in 2008, Bruce brings his Christian music back to the forefront with a compilation of old and new songs on Heaven’s Gold Collection.
He has been blessed to have had two wonderful daughters. Melissa is married and currently living in Brooklyn, New York. She and her husband are film makers and have created several documentaries and full feature films. Melanie has preceded us all to Heaven and she will be forever loved and remembered. Her art is a gift to us all.
Bruce is married and is living in Salt Lake City, Utah. His wife, Julie, is a doctor and has been an important part of his music. She has co-written many of the songs on Time Waits and Heaven’s Gold and has performed as a background vocalist on the projects.
Words from the official Bruce Hibbard website.
Vizor Records 2013
Tracks: Will We Get Together, Here I Go, Make You Wish, Love Is Gone, It´s So Right, Where Does Love Begin, Jerico, 40 Years & Sanctify.
Musicians on the Forty Years album: Bruce Hibbard, Brandon Fields, Hadley Hockensmith, John Willis, Nissis Alen-Walls, Sandra Hibbard, Gene Miller & Lisa Verzella.
Vizor Records 2000
Tracks: The Years, Time Waits, September Rain, It's About Faith, All For You, Da Lenny, Love Is Mad, Dreams & One Night With You.
Musicians on the Time Waits album: Bruce Hibbard, Phil Keaggy, Mark Matejka, Mat Rollings, Keith Edwards, Mark Douthit, Mavis Dial, Lenny Alan, Sandra Judkins, Leisa Speegle, Sarah Judkins & Judith Volz.
Vizor Records 2008
Tracks: You Made Me For You, Heaven's Gold, I Live, Under His Reign, Build My House, Rainstorm, The Treasure, Don't Surrender, We Need You & Who Am I.
Musicians on the Heaven´s Gold album: Bruce Hibbard, John Willis, Phil Keaggy, Lenny Alen, Sandy Wright, Julie Hibbard, Gene Miller & Susan Miller.
Word Records 1980
Tracks: Never Turnin' Back, Calling, You'll Never Let Me Go, It's A Shame You're So Good To Me, Forgiven, Straight And Narrow, All Of Me Love Will Always Make A Way & We Are All His Children.
Musicians on the Never Turnin´Back album: Bruce Hibbard, Hadley Hockensmith, Dean Charts, Harlan Rogers, Keith Edwards, Bill Maxwell, Chuck Fiore, Alex MacDougall, Glen Myerscough, Bryan Duncan, Randy Thomas, Kelly Willard & Judy Cotton.
A Light Within
Seed Records 1977
Tracks: Questions, Rescue Me, All That I Want To Be, Given Myself Over, Only God, Peace, A Nation's Prayer, Hem Of His Garment, Lord Bless This Day & Make Me A Blessing.
Musicians on the A Light Within album: Bruce Hibbard, Hadley Hockensmith, Harlan Rogers, Steve Wright, Lanney Hanson, Bill Maxwell, Chuck Fiore, Keith Edwards Alex MacDougall, Glen Myerscough, Fetch Wiley, Joe Davis, Mel Lieb, Sandra Hangendale, Curt Bartlett, Terry Blackwood, Sherman Andrus, Kelly Willard, Rick Gordon & Fetch Wiley.