When you think of Canadian county music stars, I’m sure Shania Twain, Terri Clark, and Anne Murray come to mind.
However, the only Canadian male country singer I can think of off the top of my head is Paul Brandt. I love his voice and have some of his earlier American releases.
Recently, I saw the nominations for the Juno Awards and Brett Kissel caught my eye –he’s up against Brandt this year.
So, I went to YouTube and started watching his videos and before I knew it, I bought his fall 2015 release, “Pick Me Up”.
It’s crazy how he’s already had seven Top Ten country hits on the Canadian chart, but is still an unknown here in America. He now lives in Nashville, Tennessee, so I hope his American radio debut is coming soon.
“Pick Me Up” is a great country album with a slightly different feel than today’s American hit makers. It’s a real feel that I think is missing from the current bro-country sounds you hear overplayed on U.S. country stations.
The album features the two Canadian hits, “Airwaves” (#1) and the title track (#6), which are both great country songs. My other upbeat favorites are “I Hope It’s Me”, “Cool With That”, and “I Can Play Guitar” (with Hunter Hayes).
If you love ballads, “Why Won’t You” is amazing and “Feet Back on the Ground” is a beautiful tribute to those of us that love our mamas, even if they’re no longer with us!
After buying and loving “Pick Me Up”, I’ll now have to get Kissel’s 2013 album, “Started With a Song”.
Here’s hoping American audiences will get to hear Brett on the radio in 2016!