REE GUYER - OWNER/CEO
Ree Guyer was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. She graduated in 1981 from St. Mary’s University with a BS in Child Psychology and Studio Arts. Shortly after graduating from college, she held two jobs – a production potter for Sansei Pottery in St. Paul and a sales position for Wrensong Publishing, a newly formed division of her father, Reyn Guyer’s, development company Winsor Concepts (this company owns the patent on Nerf and Twister). The initial concept of Wrensong was to help professional jingle writers, like Billy Barber, in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area get their commercial songs recorded by major recording artists. Ree and her father initially signed single song contracts with these writers and began with twenty songs.
In 1985, Ree landed her first cut with the help of her friend, Bob Doyle. “Little Things,” recorded by the Oak Ridge Boys, became a #1 single. Ree moved to Nashville in November 1985 to open the Music Row office where the company remains today. Wrensong signed their first staff writer in 1986, Jon Vezner. Within eighteen months he had his first two singles: “Just Can’t Sit Down Music,” recorded by Mel McDaniel, and “Trainwreck of Emotion,” recorded by Lorrie Morgan, as well as cuts on Ronnie Milsap, Reba McEntire and the award-winning song, “Where’ve You Been,” recorded by his wife, Kathy Mattea.
Today, Wrensong is one of the top independent publishing companies on Music Row. Guided by the leadership President/Owner, Ree, the catalog contains over 3,000 copyrights with five staff songwriter/artists. She has focused on developing a catalog of unique, special songs like “Where’ve You Been,” “How Can I Help You Say Goodbye” and “Whiskey Lullaby” all Grammy/CMA-nominated Songs of the Year. Under Guyer’s direction, Wrensong has enjoyed 23 #1 Hits including: “Better Dig Two” (The Band Perry), “Hell on Heels” (Pistol Annie’s), “Wild One” (Faith Hill), “Gonna Take a Lot of River” (Oak Ridge Boys), “Heart Like Mine” (Miranda Lambert), “Drink On It” (Blake Shelton) “Am I the Only One” (Dierks Bentley), “The Truth” (Jason Aldean), “Sangria” (Blake Shelton), “Say You Do” (Dierks Bentley), “I Met a Girl” (William Michael Morgan), “Break Up With Him” and “Snapback” (Old Dominion) and album cuts by major label acts such as Ray Charles, Dixie Chicks, Reba, Toby Keith and Kenny Chesney that have sold in excess of 60 million albums.
In the last few years, Ree has focused on developing singer/songwriters. She was pivotal in launching the artist/writer careers of Ashley Monroe and Jon Randall, and most recently helped CMA-nominated Old Dominion and Wrensong writer/band member, Trevor Rosen, secure their Sony Nashville Record deal.
Leadership Music – Alumnus Class of 1995
Association of Independent Music Publishers – Treasurer
Young Turks- founding member
NARAS/Leadership Music Mentoring Program – Founding Committee
Country Music Association – Member
National Academy of the Recording Arts and Sciences – Member
National Music Publishers Association – Member
Chicks with Hits – Member
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