Brandon Heath

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Brandon Heath
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Background information
Birth name Brandon Heath Knell[1]
Born (1978-07-21) July 21, 1978 (age 36)
Origin Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres CCM, pop, alternative CCM, acoustic
Occupation(s) Singer–songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2000–present
Labels Reunion
Website brandonheath.net

Brandon Heath Knell[1] (born July 21, 1978[citation needed]) better known by the stage name Brandon Heath is a contemporary Christian musician from Nashville, Tennessee. He has released four studio albums: Don't Get Comfortable (2006), What If We (2008), Leaving Eden (2011), and Blue Mountain (2012). He is best known for the No. 1 "I'm Not Who I Was" and "Give Me Your Eyes". He was nominated four times at the Dove Awards of 2008 and won in the "New Artist of the Year" category. His second album was nominated for "Gospel Album of the Year" at the 51st Grammy Awards of 2009.

Heath began his career by writing songs as a teenager. His first independently released album, Early Stuff (2004), was a compilation of his earlier songwriting. Also after releasing Soldier in 2004, he signed with Reunion Records to release his first main studio album, Don't Get Comfortable, in late 2006. The album's first single, "Our God Reigns", received a Dove Award nomination in 2007. Heath's song "I'm Not Who I Was" became No. 1 single, staying on top of Billboard's Hot Christian Songs chart for several weeks. It received two Dove nominations, including "Song of the Year". Heath returned in mid-2008 with a second project: What If We. The album's first single "Give Me Your Eyes" was released in July 2008 and ended the year as the second most-played song on R&R magazine's Christian CHR chart for 2008. The song received two GMA Dove Awards in 2009: "Song of the Year" and "Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year". He recently released his fourth album titled Blue Mountain October 9, 2012 which peaked at No. 9 in album chart of Billboard Christian Albums chart. Christmas Is Here was released on October 15, 2013.

Early life[edit]

Brandon Heath Knell was born in Nashville, Tennessee on July 21, 1978.[1][2] His father was a police officer, and his mother was a hair dresser.[3] His parents divorced when he was three years old, and Heath was raised by his divorced mother for five or six years before she remarried. Heath said that during his early life, he grew bitter towards his family, but in high school he converted to Christianity to learn forgiveness and then grant it to his parents.[citation needed]

He was given a guitar as a Christmas gift at the age of 13, and around the same time he began writing his first songs.[2] Heath was a choir member (The SophistiCats) at his school, Hillsboro High School in Nashville, and was encouraged by his teacher to pursue music.[4] He also expanded his spiritual horizons by going on faith missions to India and Ecuador, thus setting the table for the mix of religion and music that would soon fuel his professional life.[citation needed]

Heath grew up nonreligiously, but was invited to attend a Christian Young Life camp as a teenager.[5] While attending the summer camp at age 16, Heath said he "heard about Jesus for the first time"; he said he never really went to church until attending the camp, and claimed that Young Life "showed me Christ and got me plugged in to a church".[5] After high school, he became a leader for the camp and is still involved with Young Life across the United States.[5] Heath attended Middle Tennessee State University and earned a BA in English.[3] After his guitar was stolen in early 2000, he compiled a demo CD of his songs for sale to help pay for a new guitar.[2]

Musical career[edit]

Heath's original demo CD from 2000 was later released in 2004 as an independent album titled Early Stuff.[2] During that year he released a second independent album, Soldier, which was produced by Chris Davis.[2] Don't Get Comfortable The EP was independently released in 2005, containing five tracks that were later included on Heath's debut album.[6]

Don't Get Comfortable[edit]

Heath's major label debut, Don't Get Comfortable, was released on September 5, 2006.[7] His first radio single from the album was "Our God Reigns", which garnered a 2007 Dove Award nomination for Worship Song of the Year.[8][9]

His second radio single, "I'm Not Who I Was", was released around early 2007 and was his first No. 1 song. It topped Billboard's Hot Christian Songs chart for six consecutive weeks starting on July 4, 2007. The song was covered by Jason Castro (from American Idol) at Lakepoint Church.[10] "Don't Get Comfortable", the title track from Heath's debut album, was also released as a single.[citation needed]

At the 39th annual GMA Dove Awards, Heath was nominated for four Dove Awards, winning in the category for New Artist of the Year.[11]

What If We[edit]

Brandon Heath toured as a guest on Aaron Shust's 30-city Whispered and Shouted tour from early to mid-2008.[12] His second studio album, What If We, was released on August 19, 2008.[13] The album's first single, "Give Me Your Eyes", was released in July 2008 and was his most commercially-successful song to date. It stayed at No. 1 on R&R's Christian CHR chart for 14 consecutive weeks from August to December 2008.[14] It ended the year as 2008's second most played song in the CHR format.[15] In 2009, his song "Wait and See" was released as the next single, and by August it placed at No5 on Billboard's Hot Christian Songs chart.[16] He guest-starred on Christian band Leeland's album Love Is on the Move, on the single "Follow You". In 2011, his Song "Sunrise" was used as the new theme song for Sunrise Communications AG, a Swiss telecommunications company.

Leaving Eden[edit]

Brandon has been supporting his recent studio album with a tour supporting MercyMe. The first single from his 3rd studio album is "Your Love". Brandon Heath's 2011 release was produced by Dan Muckala who also co-wrote a handful of the songs along with Jason Ingram. Heath has been nominated for three Grammy Awards - Best Contemporary Christian Music Album (Leaving Eden), Best Gospel/Contemporary Music Performance ("Your Love"), and Best Contemporary Christian Music Song ("Your Love").[17]

Blue Mountain[edit]

Heath released his fourth studio album, Blue Mountain, on October 9, 2012 through Reunion Records.[18] The first single was "Jesus in Disguise".[citation needed]

Other work[edit]

Heath has partnered in songwriting with Bebo Norman and Matt Wertz, who was one of his roommates.[9] He has written songs for Norman, Joy Williams and Christopher Williams. He has worked with Sevenglory on their 2007 album, Atmosphere. Heath also co-wrote the song 'Found By You' by Britt Nicole.

Heath was also featured in two songs on the Jars of Clay album The Shelter: "Small Rebellions" and "Shelter".

Personal life[edit]

Brandon Heath moved to The Woodlands, Texas in 2008 and was a worship leader at The Woodlands United Methodist Church for a year.[citation needed] He liked being a part of a grassroots ministry and once said that he "felt at home from the moment he stepped off the plane". He has since moved back to his home in Nashville to devote more time to his musical career and to be closer to family. He still considers Texas to be his second home and visits when he has the time.[19] He currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee. Heath was married on May 25, 2014.[20]

Carrie Underwood surprised her husband Mike Fisher by having Heath sing his song "Love Never Fails" for their first dance at their wedding.[21] She had earlier told People Magazine that she was in love with Heath's voice.[22]

Discography[edit]

Awards and nominations [edit]

Brandon Heath
Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2007 38th GMA Dove Awards Worship Song of the Year "Our God Reigns" Nominated
2008 39th GMA Dove Awards Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year "I'm Not Who I Was" Nominated
New Artist of the Year "I'm Not Who I Was" Won
Male Vocalist of the Year "I'm Not Who I Was" Nominated
Worship Song of the Year "I'm Not Who I Was" Nominated
2009 40th GMA Dove Awards Songwriter of the Year Nominated
Male Vocalist of the Year "Give Me Your Eyes" Won
Song of the Year "Give Me Your Eyes" Won
Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year "Give Me Your Eyes" Won
51st Grammy Awards Best Gospel Song "Give Me Your Eyes" Nominated
Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album What If We Nominated
Urban Music Awards Best Gospel Act Nominated
American Music Awards Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist Nominated
24th Annual Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards[23] Songwriter of the Year "Give Me Your Eyes" Won
2010 41st GMA Dove Awards Male Vocalist of the Year "Your Love" Won
2012 54th Grammy Awards Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance "Your Love" Nominated
Best Contemporary Christian Music Song "Your Love" Nominated
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album Leaving Eden Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Moring, Mark (January 18, 2011). "Paradise Lost". Christianity Today. Retrieved October 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Steve Leggett. "Brandon Heath Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved September 22, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b "Brandon Heath: 'Give Me Your Eyes'". The 700 Club. March 12, 2009. Retrieved April 4, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Briefs: Oct. 28, 2008". WTVF. October 28, 2008. Retrieved April 13, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c "New Artist, Brandon Heath". Hope Today Magazine. Retrieved October 7, 2008. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Brandon Heath, "Don't Get Comfortable The EP"". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved October 7, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Brandon Heath – Don't Get Comfortable". Billboard. Retrieved September 25, 2008. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Nominations Announced for 38th GMA Dove Awards". BREATHEcast.com. February 20, 2007. Retrieved January 3, 2008. 
  9. ^ a b Jared Johnson. "Don't Get Comfortable > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved September 25, 2008. 
  10. ^ "YouTube.com". YouTube.com. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  11. ^ Gerome, John (April 23, 2008). "TobyMac wins gospel artist of year at Doves". Houston Chronicle. Associated Press. Retrieved April 24, 2008. 
  12. ^ "Meredith Andrews Offers The Invitation April 29 On Word Records". Top40-Charts.com. March 17, 2008. Retrieved October 10, 2008. 
  13. ^ "What If We > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved September 22, 2008. 
  14. ^ "Christian CHR National Airplay". Radio & Records. October 10, 2008. Retrieved October 10, 2008. 
  15. ^ "2008 Year End Charts: Top Christian CHR songs". R&R. Retrieved January 6, 2009. 
  16. ^ "Wait and See - Brandon Heath". Billboard. Retrieved August 18, 2009. 
  17. ^ Moring, Mark (December 1, 2011). "Three Grammy Noms for Brandon Heath". Christianity Today Entertainment. Retrieved December 3, 2011. 
  18. ^ Heath, Brandon (October 9, 2012). "Blue Mountain". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved July 27, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Brandon Heath Single Give Me Your Eyes Continues Digital Sales Streak With More Than 12,000 Downloads Since Release". BREATHEcast.com. August 1, 2008. Retrieved October 10, 2008. 
  20. ^ "Brandon Heath MARRIED!". Air1.com. May 29, 2014. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Brandon Heath Sings at Carrie Underwood's Wedding". Clash Entertainment. January 18, 2010. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  22. ^ . urbanchristiannews.com. January 12, 2010 http://www.urbanchristiannews.com/ucn/2010/01/carrie-underwood-praises-brandon-heath-in-people-magazine.html. Retrieved February 11, 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  23. ^ "Brandon Heath Wins Emmy Award". Cbn.com. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  • Sondova, Amy. "Brandon Heath: Missional Musician". Youth Mission Exchange. 

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Awards
Preceded by
Aaron Shust
GMA's New Artist of the Year
2008
Succeeded by
Tenth Avenue North