"Ever since I was a young boy I loved music," acclaimed producer/engineer Bruce Sugar recalls. "We had a Steinway baby grand piano and I took classical piano lessons. That was until I heard the Beatles. I was nine years old and from that point I knew what I wanted to do in life!" Since then, Sugar has gone on to work with legendary artists like Elton John, Mick Jagger, Ozzy Osbourne, and the musicians that inspired him in the first place, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Get to know our TALENT SCOUT Artist of the Week.

NAME: Bruce Sugar 

HOMETOWN: Vineland, New Jersey. 

MUSICAL TRAINING: I studied for one year at the Berklee College of Music. Then it was off to the school of hard knocks!

FIRST GIGS: High school dances and parties.

MUSICAL INFLUENCES: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley. 

WHAT I’M LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW: Rastaman Vibration by Bob Marley and the Wailers.

MY BIG BREAK: There wasn't one big break, but a steady progression leading to working with one of my childhood influences, Ringo Starr. That led to many other great opportunities.

Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and Bruce Sugar.

Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and Bruce Sugar.

LATEST PROJECTS: Ringo Starr's Give More Love. 

FAVORITE KEYBOARDS AND WHY? A Steinway grand piano. I grew up with a Steinway baby grand in my house and it sparked my interest in playing music.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU? I’m an open book. We’ll see what comes along!

ADVICE TO THE NEXT GENERATION: Approach music with passion. New artists should go out and gig as much as possible and build up a regional fan base and online presence. The old paradigm of signing with a major label is old hat. Embrace new technologies and learn and work at the craft of songwriting.

For more information visit http://brucesugar.com