Paul Brandt circa 2015
|Birth name||Paul Rennée Belobersycky|
July 21, 1972 |
|Associated acts||Josh Leo|
Paul Rennée Belobersycky (born July 21, 1972) is a Canadian country music artist, known professionally as Paul Brandt. Growing up in Calgary, he was a pediatric RN at the time of his big break. In 1996, he made his mark on the country music charts with the single "My Heart Has a History," propelling him to international success and making him the first male Canadian country singer to reach the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in the United States since Hank Snow, who last charted a Top 10 hit when "Hello Love" hit No. 1 in 1974. Brandt is married to Elizabeth Peterson, who can be seen in some of his music videos, and heard singing background on his CDs. A duet of the song "For You", written by Brandt and Steve Rosen, was used by Dave Matthews and Johnny Cash on the We Were Soldiers soundtrack.
Brandt was born in Calgary, Alberta and grew up in Airdrie, Alberta. The first time Paul Brandt sang in front of an audience was when he sang "Amazing Grace" at his high school. He attended Crescent Heights High School from 1987-1990.
Brandt's demo was one of many sent, by A&Rs at the Warner Canada office to their colleagues at Warner Nashville with an eye to finding a new project the two branches could work together on. Nashville A&R Paige Levy singled out Brandt's recordings, later telling HitQuarters that she thought he showed great potential as a songwriter. As a result the artist began regularly travelling down to Nashville to undergo development, whereby Brandt was matched up with various experienced songwriters whom he could relate to, work well with and who would help him to refine his writing skills. The collaborations resulted in a large part of the material for Brandt's debut album Calm Before the Storm.
Brandt's first single, "My Heart Has a History," was a number 1 hit in Canada, as was his debut album, "Calm Before The Storm". He followed up with the three hits "I Do" (which he wrote for his friend's wedding), "I Meant to Do That" and "Take It from Me." Calm Before the Storm was certified Gold by the RIAA in 1997.
Brandt's second album, Outside the Frame, did not repeat the same success as Calm Before the Storm did. The album did have some hit singles, most notably "A Little in Love" and "What's Come Over You." Determined to put his stamp in Nashville, Brandt recorded his third album, That's the Truth, in 1999. It was not as warmly received as the previous two, but the songs "That's the Truth" and "The Sycamore Tree" received extensive airplay. After three albums, he released the Canada only greatest hits compilation, What I Want to Be Remembered For, in 2000.
After the greatest hits album, Brandt left Warner/Reprise records and started his own label, Brand-T Records. To date, every album that Brandt has released on Brand-T Records has garnered an Album of the Year award (Small Towns & Big Dreams (2002 CCMA's), This Time Around (2005 CCMA's), Risk (2008 Juno), and A Gift (GMA - Seasonal Recording of the Year). As an unsigned artist, Paul's ground-breaking live acoustic album Small Towns and Big Dreams went on to win the CCMA Album of the Year. His label's success has continued as the follow-up album This Time Around went on to win CCMA Album of the Year and a GMA Canada Covenant Award for the song "That's What I Love About Jesus" (2005). This Time Around went platinum in Canada and also produced the hit songs "Leavin'", featuring Keith Urban courtesy Capitol Records, and his remake of the trucker classic song "Convoy." His last single/video from the album was "Alberta Bound," a tribute to the people and places of that province. Despite the song's name, it is not a remake of the Gordon Lightfoot track.
Brandt released his album, Risk, in September 2007, and in his home town on April 6, 2008, Paul won a Juno Award for "Risk" as Country Recording of the Year. The first single for this project, "Didn't Even See the Dust," was released to country radio in May 2007. The video was filmed in Barcelona, Spain. "Dust" was one of the 20 most played country music songs of 2007 in Canada.
Brandt released the album Give It Away on September 13, 2011. He released his first gospel project called Just As I Am on October 16, 2012. It features songs Brandt grew up on and based his life upon; his faith and love in God.
Paul Brandt continues to tour Canada, while playing in front of audiences in the United States occasionally.
Brandt and his wife, Elizabeth Peterson, were married February 22, 1997 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada at the Centre Street Church, and welcomed their first child, Joseph Peterson Brandt, on May 15, 2008. November 7, 2010, they welcomed a daughter, Lily Abigail Brandt.
Brandt and his wife are heavily involved in programs such as Samaritan's Purse and World Vision. He also does a lot of work with terminally ill children, which goes back to his days working as a nurse at Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary. He has spent a term as a spokesman for The Ford Motor Company, and UFA (United Farmers of Alberta). The Brandts reside near Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Brandt received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of Lethbridge on Saturday, October 17, 2009. He has also received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Briercrest College and Seminary on April 24, 2010.
Paul Brandt is currently serving as Mount Royal University's Bissett School of Business as Storyteller In Residence. In this role, Paul works with students to bring social enterprise and business projects together utilizing the tenets and principles of the Paul Brandt brand.
- 1996 SOCAN Song of the Year: "My Heart Has A History"
- 1997 Male Artist Of The Year
- 1997 SOCAN Song of the Year: "I Do"
- 1997 Single Of The Year: "I Do"
- 1997 Video Of The Year: "I Do"
- 1998 Male Artist Of The Year
- 1999 Male Artist Of The Year
- 2000 Male Artist Of The Year
- 2000 Video Of The Year: "That's The Truth"
- 2002 Male Artist Of The Year
- 2002 Album of the Year: Small Towns and Big Dreams
- 2005 Album of the Year: This Time Around
- 2005 CMT Video of the Year: "Convoy"
- 2005 Global Artist of the Year
- 1996 Top New Male Artist
- 2005 Country/Bluegrass Song of the Year: "That's What I Love About Jesus"
- 2007 Seasonal Album Of The Year: A Gift
- 2007 Seasonal Song of the Year: "A Gift"
- 2008 nominee, Artist of the Year
- 2008 nominee, Male Vocalist of the Year
- 2013 Album of the Year: Just As I Am
- 2013 Artist of the Year
- 2013 Country/Bluegrass Album of the Year: Just As I Am
- 2013 nominee, Male Vocalist of the Year
- 2013 nominee (shared with High Valley): When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder
- 1997 nominee, Male Vocalist of the Year
- 1997 Country Male Vocalist of the Year
- 1998 Male Vocalist of the Year
- 1998 Country Male Vocalist of the Year
- 1998 nominee, Best Video: "A Little In Love" (Paul Brandt and Tim Hamilton)
- 1999 Best Country Male Vocalist
- 2000 nominee, Best Male Artist
- 2000 Best Country Male Artist
- 2001 Best Country Male Artist
- 2002 nominee, Best Country Artist/Group
- 2005 nominee, Country Recording Of The Year: This Time Around
- 2008 Country Recording Of The Year: Risk
- 2008 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award
- 2008 Outstanding Country Recording: Risk
- Other Awards
- 2009 Earned an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of Lethbridge
- 2010 Received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Briercrest College and Seminary
- 2011 Performed for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their tour of Canada
- 2011 Alberta Music Awards Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2011 Canadian Country Album of the Year "Give It Away" by iTunes Rewind
- 2013 Awarded HRM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal by Prime Minister Stephen Harper
- "Paul Brandt, country musician". CBC Digital Archives. Retrieved 2010-05-25.
- "Interview With Paige Levy". HitQuarters. Nov 27, 2000. Retrieved May 6, 2011.
- R&R Top Canada Country Songs
- "Paul Brandt welcomes first child, son Joseph Peterson". Celebrity Baby Blog. Retrieved 2008-05-30.
- "U of L Senate Selects 2009 Honorary Degree Recipients". Retrieved 2009-03-10.
- "Briercrest College & Seminary selects 2010 Honorary Degree recipients".
- Paul Brandt also received 2002 CCMA Award nominations for: the Fans' Choice Award, Song Of The Year: "Small Towns And Big Dreams", Single Of The Year: "Small Towns And Big Dreams", and Album Graphics Of The Year: Small Towns And Big Dreams CCMA 2002 Awards and nominations. Retrieved on 2009-03-29.
- Paul Brandt also received nominations for Artist Of The Year, and for Male Vocalist Of The Year. GMAC 2007 Covenant Award Nominees. Retrieved on 2009-08-29.
- 2013 Covenant Award winners
- 2013 Covenant Award nominees