Brett Kissel

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Brett Kissel
Brett Kissel.jpg
Brett Kissel, October 2015
Background information
Born (1990-05-27) May 27, 1990 (age 27)[1][2]
Flat Lake, Alberta, Canada
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 2003–present
Labels Warner Music Canada
Website http://www.brettkissel.com/

Brett Kissel (born May 27, 1990) is a Canadian country music artist signed to Warner Music Canada.

Early life[edit]

Kissel, a fifth generation Albertan, was born and raised in Flat Lake, Alberta[3] with his parents Brenda and Gordon Kissel. He has one older brother Jamison Kissel. Growing up on a cattle ranch in northeastern Alberta (in the Flat Lake region) played a big role in Kissel's music.[4] His family operates a successful cattle ranch with Angus and Speckle Park-cross cattle. Kissel's ranching background garnered him attention in the agricultural and rodeo communities across Canada.

The cattle ranch where Kissel grew up - the Wengzynowski North View Ranch - was named after his great, great grandparents Wasyl and Paraska Wengzynowski, and was homesteaded in 1910.[5] The lyrics to Kissel's song "Country in my Blood", released on Warner Music Canada in October, 2013, is a "true depiction of his family's journey to Canada, and the way he was raised in the rural Alberta lifestyle", according to his interview and appearance on the Rick Mercer Report on CBC in March 2015.[6]

When Kissel was 6, he received his first guitar.[7] His grandmother, Irene, bought it for him from the Sears catalogue for Christmas 1996. Kissel took lessons only for one year in his hometown of St. Paul. Following that year, he never took formal lessons again. Kissel often attended the Freddie Pelletier Guitar Camp, whom he credits for his guitar playing style.

During a chance meeting in 1995, Kissel met Alberta country star, philanthropist, and fundraising auctioneer - Danny Hooper - during a school fundraiser in St. Paul, Alberta. According to multiple interviews,[8] this was Kissel's first public performance, as Hooper called the youngster onstage to perform his local hit "The John Deere Tractor Keys" in front of a sold out audience. This sparked a friendship between Kissel and Hooper that led to their professional management relationship that started in 2005.[9]

Kissel was always a fan of Johnny Cash. When Kissel released his first album, he recorded two Johnny Cash songs, "Tennessee Flat Top Box" and "Big River". Kissel wrote a letter to Cash when his wife June Carter Cash died in May 2003. Cash died a few months later on September 12, 2003, the day Kissel released his debut album. Before Kissel went on stage in Glendon, Alberta for his CD release concert, his father handed him a large envelope he had received in the mail earlier that day, containing a signed 8x10 photograph from Johnny Cash. It read: "To Brett, Jesus First, Johnny Cash".[10]

Career[edit]

Kissel released his first album, Keepin' It Country, when he was 12 years old.[11] The album was co-produced by Freddie Pelletier. He released three additional independent albums, By Request in 2004, Tried and True – A Canadian Tribute in 2006 and My Roots Run Deep in 2008.[11] Tried and True – A Canadian Tribute was produced by Steve Fox and featured duets with Fox, Corb Lund, Gary Fjellgaard and Larry Mercey of the Mercey Brothers.[11] Tried and True – A Canadian Tribute and My Roots Run Deep sold a combined 70,000 copies.[3] In 2006, Kissel was nominated for the Chevy Trucks Rising Star Award at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards.[12] Kissel was 16 years old at the time, making him the youngest CCMA nominee in the history of the awards show.[3]

In late 2012, Kissel wrote and recorded a song about the 2012–13 NHL lockout, "Hockey, Please Come Back".[13] The music video for the song was viewed 10,000 times in its first two days of release.[14]

After multiple trips to Nashville since the age of 13, in late 2012, Kissel met with legendary manager Bob Doyle. Doyle immediately signed Kissel to a co-management contract with Louis O'Reilly.[15] Doyle is credited for the discovery of country mega-star Garth Brooks, and still manages Garth to this day.

On May 10, 2013, Kissel signed a record deal with Warner Music Canada.[16] His debut single, "Started with a Song", was released on June 17.[16] It became the most added song at Canadian country radio in its first week, surpassing a record set by Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together".[17] It debuted at number 87 on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 for the week of July 27, 2013.[18] The music video for the song premiered on CMT Canada on June 27.[17] Kissel's first album for Warner, also titled Started with a Song, was released on October 1, 2013.[16] Kissel co-produced the album with Ted Hewitt and Bart McKay.[3] "Started with a Song" peaked at the Number One position on CMT Canada's Chevrolet Top 20 Countdown.[19] The album's second single, "Raise Your Glass", was released to Canadian country radio on October 7. The music video was produced by Margaret Malandruccolo.

On January 25, 2014, Brett Kissel was nominated for four Association of Country Music in Alberta Awards (ACMAs), winning two awards for Rising Star and Single of the Year for Started with a Song.[20] Following his two award wins, Kissel toured across Canada with his first national co-headlining tour called The Young Guns Tour.[21] The tour had nineteen concerts from Vancouver to Charlottetown with co-headliners One More Girl.[22] Kissel and One More Girl performed in front of thousands of fans across Canada.[23]

On February 14, 2014, Kissel released his third single from his Started with a Song album titled "3-2-1"[24] with a music video directed by Shaun Silva [25] of Tacklebox Films. The video was shot in Nashville, Tennessee and has received heavy airplay on CMT Canada.[26]

On March 29, 2014, Kissel won his first Juno Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year,[27] and also performed on the 2014 Juno Awards broadcast on CTV alongside OneRepublic, Tegan and Sara, Bachman–Turner Overdrive and The Sheepdogs.[28]

In September, 2014, Kissel led all country singers with eight (8) nominations [29] for the Canadian Country Music Awards held in Edmonton, Alberta. Kissel went on to win two (2) awards during Country Music Week, including "Interactive Artist of the Year", and "CMT Video of the Year", for his number one hit - "3-2-1".[30] Kissel also closed the show at Rexall Place with a two song performance that included a medley of "3-2-1" and "Started With A Song", both number one videos on CMT Canada.[31]

Following the Canadian Country Music Awards in September, 2014, Kissel joined country superstar Brad Paisley on his Country Nation World Tour for the entire Canadian tour, promoted by Live Nation. Kissel gained even more popularity across Canada when Paisley invited Brett to perform onstage with him in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, following Kissel's canceled flight.[32] (The entire tour was captured on video, as Kissel released episodes to CMT Canada and YouTube.)

In January 2015, Kissel won three (3) Association of Country Music in Alberta Awards (ACMA's), for "Single of the Year" (3-2-1), "Male Artist of the Year", and "Album of the Year" (Started With A Song). The single is "Airwaves" reached at number 1 on the Canada Country chart in September 2015. The album's second single with the title track, released to Canadian country radio in October 2015. The album's third single "Cool with That" released to Canadian country radio on April 2016. In the same year, Kissel collaborated with singer Don Amero on "Rebuild This Town", a song about cultural reconciliation between First Nations people and other Canadians.[33] Amero and Kissel have also since toured together, performing as a duo in aboriginal communities.[34]

Personal life[edit]

Brett Kissel married Cecilia Friesen on Friday, July 1, 2011 in Edmonton, Alberta. They now live in Nashville, Tennessee.[35] On January 17, 2016, Bretts wife Cecilia gave birth to their daughter, Mila Elizabeth Kissel. [36] He is a fan of the Edmonton Oilers hockey team, and wrote the song "We're Gonna Win the Cup" for their run in the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs.[37] Before Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinal against the Anaheim Ducks, Kissel performed the American "Star-Spangled Banner", but the audio within Edmonton's Rogers Place did not work, so the crowd joined him in it.[38] May 2, 2017, Brett and Cecilia welcomed their second daughter, Aria Cecilia.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak positions
CAN
Keepin' It Country
  • Release date: September 12, 2003[39]
  • Label: BAK 2 BAK Entertainment Inc.
By Request
  • Release date: September 26, 2004[40]
  • Label: BAK 2 BAK Entertainment Inc.
Tried and True – A Canadian Tribute
  • Release date: March 5, 2006
  • Label: BAK 2 BAK Entertainment Inc.
My Roots Run Deep
  • Release date: May 9, 2008
  • Label: BAK 2 BAK Entertainment Inc.
Started with a Song 22
Pick Me Up
  • Release date: September 11, 2015
  • Label: Warner Music Canada
7
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Certifications Album
CAN Country
[41]
CAN
[42]
2012 "Hockey, Please Come Back" Non-album single
2013 "Started with a Song" 3 58 Started with a Song
"Raise Your Glass" 7 88
2014 "3-2-1" 3 52
"Tough People Do" 9 99
"Something You Just Don't Forget" 5 91
2015 "Airwaves" 1 61 Pick Me Up
"Pick Me Up" 6 86
2016 "Cool with That" 8
"I Didn't Fall in Love with Your Hair"
(featuring Carolyn Dawn Johnson)
16 88
2017 "She's Desire"A 6
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
  • ACurrent single.

Christmas singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
CAN Country
[41]
2014 "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" 45 N/A
"Not So Perfect Christmas" 48

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2012 "Hockey, Please Come Back" Blake McWilliam
2013 "Started with a Song"[46] Margaret Malandruccolo
"Raise Your Glass"
2014 "3-2-1" Shaun Silva
"Tough People Do" Lisa Mann
"Something You Just Don't Forget"
2015 "Canadian Kid" Mike Peleshok
"Airwaves" Ben Knechtel
"Pick Me Up"[47] Blake McWilliam
2016 "Cool with That"
"I Didn't Fall in Love with Your Hair"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2006 Canadian Country Music Association Chevy Trucks Rising Star Award Nominated
2007 Chevy Trucks Rising Star Award Nominated
2014 Juno Awards of 2014 Breakthrough Artist of the Year Won
Country Album of the YearStarted with a Song Nominated
Association of Country Music in Alberta Awards Rising Star Award Won
Single of the Year Award – "Started with a Song" Won
Canadian Country Music Association Male Artist of the Year Nominated
Album of the Year – Started with a Song Nominated
Single of the Year – "Started with a Song" Nominated
Songwriter of the Year – "Started with a Song" Nominated
CMT Video of the Year – "3-2-1" Won
Interactive Artist of the Year Won
2015 Association of Country Music In Alberta Awards Male Artist of the Year Won
Country Album of the Year – Started with a Song Won
Single of the Year – "3-2-1" Won
Canadian Country Music Association Male Artist of the Year Nominated
Single of the Year – "3-2-1" Nominated
Video of the Year – "Tough People Do" Nominated
Interactive Artist of the Year Won
2016 Juno Awards of 2016 Country Album of the Year – Pick Me Up Nominated
Canadian Country Music Association Male Artist of the Year Won
Interactive Artist of the Year Won
Fan's Choice Award Won
Single of the Year - "Airwaves" Nominated
2017 Canadian Country Music Association Male Artist of the Year Pending
Single of the Year - "Cool With That" Pending
Video of the Year - "I Didn’t Fall In Love With Your Hair" Pending
Songwriter of the Year - "Cool With That" (with Ted Hewitt, Phil O’Donnell) Pending
Interactive Artist or Group of the Year Pending

References[edit]

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  12. ^ Feniak, Jenny (September 9, 2006). "Road Hammers will open CCMAs". Edmonton Sun. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Country star sings: 'Hockey Please Come Back'". The Weather Network. December 6, 2012. Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  14. ^ Whitfield, Janani (December 4, 2012). "Kissel's lament on loss of hockey storms the scene". St. Paul Journal. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
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  22. ^ http://www.onemoregirl.com
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  26. ^ http://www.cmt.ca/video/brett-kissel/brett-kissel-321/
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  32. ^ http://www.sootoday.com/content/arts/details.asp?c=81530
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  40. ^ "By Request by Brett Kissel". Rate Your Music. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
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