When you come from a place called Flat Lake, Alberta, it's pretty tough to get noticed. For Brett Kissel, it's pretty tough to be ignored.
The 23-year-old singer/songwriter has released two independent albums, sold out countless shows, and earned two Canadian Country Music Association Award nominations, becoming its youngest nominee ever. Brett Kissel was primed for his major label debut album through Warner Music Canada, Started With A Song, released late last year.
Even before the album's release, Kissel had already made radio history. With more than 93% of Canadian Country stations adding the first single "Started With A Song," the track eclipsed the record for most adds at Canadian Country radio in one week, a record previously held by Taylor Swift. Since the album's release, Brett has become the talk of Canadian country music. He has seen the video for the debut single reach No. 1 at CMT, he has scored three top 10 radio hits, and he headlined a cross-Canada tour. To top it all off, Brett won his first Juno Award - becoming the first country artist to be awarded with Breakthrough Artist of the Year in 17 years.
The album, co-produced by Kissel with Ted Hewitt (Rodney Atkins) and CCMA Award-winner Bart McKay, is an exhilarating collection of music that can be best described as the New Wave of Old Country: each song a slice of real-life sentiment; emotional touchstones that run the gamut of highs and lows and explore such subjects as deep love, trying moments and poignant reflection, measured out by party anthems and a sense that something special is happening here.
Listening to the rousingly playful title track, the invigoratingly catchy "3-2-1" and the modern country gem "Something You Just Don't Forget," it is no wonder why Bob Doyle, the manager behind Garth Brooks, proceeded to sign Brett to a co-management and publishing deal upon meeting him in Nashville.
Influenced by the likes of Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Buck Owens and George Strait, Brett Kissel is still very much his own man: a dynamic, charismatic performer, singer and songwriter and ready to make an imposing impression on the global country music scene with Started With A Song.
"I write music that's true to myself, about experiences that I've had in my young age," Kissel declares, "and it's my hope that the fans and all the people listening are either touched by it or can escape wherever they need to escape from for three-and-a-half minutes.
"I've been working on these songs for three years, and cannot wait to begin making new fans by playing around the world."
When he finally reaches that goal - and you know that Brett Kissel has the confidence, determination and talent to pull it off - remember, of course, that it all Started With A Song.http://www.brettkissel.com/