REE GUYER - OWNER/PRESIDENT
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’s, 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 with Ronnie Milsap, Reba, 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 of president/owner, Ree, the catalog contains over 3,000 copyrights with six staff songwriter/artists. She has focused on developing a catalog of unique and special songs like “Where’ve You Been” and “Whiskey Lullaby,” both CMA, ACM and Grammy winning Songs of the Year. Additionally, “How Can I Help You Say Goodbye” (Patty Loveless) was nominated for a Best Country Song Grammy. Under Guyer’s direction, Wrensong has enjoyed 29 #1 hits, including: “Ask Me How I Know“ (Garth Brooks), "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,” “Snapback,” “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart,” “Hotel Key” and “Written in the Sand” (Old Dominion) and album cuts by major label acts like Ray Charles, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Dixie Chicks, Tim McGraw/Faith Hill, Reba, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Norah Jones and Kenny Chesney, that have sold in excess of130 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, Jon Randall and Trevor Rosen, member of the 2018 ACM and CMA Vocal Group of the Year, Old Dominion.
Leadership Music – Alumnus Class of 1995
National Music Publishers Association – Member
Association of Independent Music Publishers (Nashville) – Vice President
Young Turks - Founding member
Chicks With Hits – Member
NARAS/Leadership Music Mentoring Program – Founding committee
National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences – Member
Country Music Association – Member
Academy of Country Music - Member
Family, pilates and gardening.