Brett Kissel
Brett Kissel performing at the 2017 Canada Summer Games
Brett Kissel performing at the 2017 Canada Summer Games
Background information
Born (1990-05-27) May 27, 1990 (age 32)[1]
St. Paul, Alberta, Canada
OriginFlat Lake, Alberta, Canada
GenresCountry
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active2003–present
Labels
Websitebrettkissel.com

Brett Kissel (born May 27, 1990) is a Canadian country singer. He has had four number-one hits on the Canadian country chart with "Airwaves", "Drink About Me", "A Few Good Stories", and "Make a Life, Not a Living".

Early life

Kissel was born in St. Paul, Alberta,[2] the son of Brenda and Gordon Kissel. He has one older brother, Jamison. He grew up on a cattle ranch in northeastern Alberta's Flat Lake region, where his family operates the Wengzynowski North View cattle ranch.

Career

2000–2011: Early years

Kissel recorded his first album, Keepin' It Country, when he was 12 years old.[3]

Kissel released three more albums, By Request in 2004, Tried and True – A Canadian Tribute in 2006 and My Roots Run Deep in 2008.[3] '[3] [2] In 2006, Kissel was nominated for the Chevy Trucks Rising Star Award at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards.[4] Kissel was 16 years old at the time, making him the youngest CCMA nominee in the history of the awards show.[2]

2012–2014: Started with a Song

Kissel met manager Bob Doyle in 2012, who signed Kissel to a co-management contract with Louis O'Reilly.[5]

On May 10, 2013, Kissel signed a record deal with Warner Music Canada.[6] His debut single, "Started with a Song", was released on June 17.[6] It became the most added song at Canadian country radio in its first week, surpassing a Canadian country radio record set by Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together".[7] It debuted at number 87 on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 for the week of July 27, 2013.[8] The music video for the song premiered on CMT Canada on June 27.[7] Kissel's first album for Warner, also titled Started with a Song, was released on October 1, 2013.[6]


On February 14, 2014, Kissel released his third single from his Started with a Song album titled "3-2-1". On March 29, 2014, Kissel won his first Juno Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, and also performed on the 2014 Juno Awards broadcast on CTV alongside OneRepublic, Tegan and Sara, Bachman–Turner Overdrive and The Sheepdogs.[9]

In September 2014, Kissel led all country singers with eight nominations[10] for the Canadian Country Music Awards held in Edmonton, Alberta.

2015–2018: Pick Me Up and We Were That Song

In September 2017 Kissel won Male Artist of the Year, Interactive Artist of the Year, Country Music Program or Special of the Year and Video of the Year for I Didn't Fall in Love With Your Hair at the 2017 Canadian Country Music Awards.[11] He also released a new album We Were That Song on December 8, 2017.[12] In 2018 he went on a tour across Canada to support the album.[13]

2019–present: Now or Never and What Is Life?

In September 2019, Kissel released his first American country radio single "Drink About Me",[14] the lead single from his fourth major-label album Now or Never which was released on January 1, 2020.[15][16] "Drink About Me" would become Kissel's second number one on the Canada Country chart, but wouldn't find a place on the American Country Billboard chart. [17] "She Drives Me Crazy" was released as the second single off the album in February 2020.[18]

In September 2020, Kissel released this third single off Now or Never, "A Few Good Stories"[19] and picked up 4 CCMA Awards, winning Male Artist of the Year, Fan's Choice, Creative Director, and Album of the Year for Now it Never.[20] Kissel then signed his first American record deal with Verge Records, a Nashville-based partner of ONErpm.[21] "A Few Good Stories" became Kissel's third Number One on Canada Country,[22] "She Drives Me Crazy" became Kissel's second Platinum-certified single,[23] and "Drink About Me" was nominated for Single of the Year at the 2021 Juno Awards.[24]

In March 2021, Kissel released the single "Make a Life, Not a Living", and announced his fifth major-label album What Is Life?, which was released on April 9, 2021.[25] "Make a Life, Not a Living" debuted by setting a record as the most-added song at Canadian country radio in a single week ever.[26] It later became his fourth career Number One at Canadian country radio,[22] and his first song to chart in the top 50 of the Billboard Canadian Hot 100.[27] Kissel won the "Fans' Choice" award at the 2021 Canadian Country Music Awards in November 2021.[28]

Personal life

Brett Kissel married Cecilia Friesen in July 2011 in Edmonton, Alberta. They now live in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2016, Cecilia gave birth to their daughter.[29]

Discography

Studio albums

Title Details Peak positions Certifications
CAN
[30]
US
Heat

[31]
Keepin' It Country
  • Release date: September 12, 2003
  • Label: BAK 2 BAK Entertainment Inc.
By Request
  • Release date: September 26, 2004
  • 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
We Were That Song
  • Release date: December 8, 2017
  • Label: Warner Music Canada
29
Now or Never
  • Release date: January 1, 2020
  • Label: Warner Music Canada
43 18
What Is Life?
  • Release date: April 9, 2021[25]
  • Label: Warner Music Canada / ONErpm
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles

As lead artist

Single Year Peak chart
positions
Certifications Album
CAN Country
[22]
CAN
[27]
"Started with a Song" 2013 3 58 Started with a Song
"Raise Your Glass" 7 88
"3-2-1" 2014 3 52
"Tough People Do" 9 99
"Something You Just Don't Forget" 5 91
"Airwaves" 2015 1 61 Pick Me Up
"Pick Me Up" 6 86
"Cool with That" 2016 8
"I Didn't Fall in Love with Your Hair"
(featuring Carolyn Dawn Johnson)
16 88
"She's Desire" 2017 6
"We Were That Song" 4 [A] We Were That Song
"Anthem" 2018 8
"Guitars & Gasoline" 8
"Cecilia" 8
"Drink About Me" 2019 1 61 Now or Never
"She Drives Me Crazy" 2020 12 78
"A Few Good Stories" 1 62
"Make a Life, Not a Living" 2021 1 49 What Is Life?
"Night in the Life" 15
"Ain't the Same"[33]
(featuring 98 Degrees)
2022 41 [B] TBA
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

As featured artist

Year Single Artist Peak positions Album
CAN Country
[22]
2021 "Somewhere to Drink" (with the Reklaws) Nate Haller 25 TBA

Christmas singles

Year Single Peak positions Album
CAN Country
[22]
2014 "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" 45 Non-album singles
"Not So Perfect Christmas" 48
2020 "Frosty the Snowman" 39

Promotional singles

Year Single Album
2012 "Hockey, Please Come Back"[34] Non-album single
2017 "Nights in the Sun"[35]
(featuring Grandpa Bear)
We Were That Song
2018 "Love Them a Little"[36] Non-album singles
2021 "Wannabes"[37]
2022 "Our Home"[38] TBA

Music videos

Year Video Director
2012 "Hockey, Please Come Back" Blake McWilliam
2013 "Started with a Song"[39] 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"[40] Blake McWilliam
2016 "Cool with That" Ben Knechtel
"I Didn't Fall in Love with Your Hair"
2017 "We Were That Song" Blake McWilliam
2018 "Anthem"
"Guitars and Gasoline" Ben Dartnell
"Cecilia" Blake McWilliam
"Love Them a Little" Jim Wright
2019 "Drink, Cuss, or Fish" Ben Dartnell
"Drink About Me" Blake McWilliam
2020 "She Drives Me Crazy" Emma Higgins / Brett Kissel
"A Few Good Stories"
(with Walk Off the Earth)
Chris Di Staulo
"Coffee with Her"
"Young Enough" Ben Dartnell
2021 "Make a Life, Not a Living" Megan Jackson
"Somewhere to Drink"
(with Nate Haller and The Reklaws)
Ben Knechtel

Awards and nominations

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 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 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 Won
Single of the Year – "Cool With That" Nominated
Video of the Year – "I Didn't Fall In Love With Your Hair" Won
Songwriter of the Year – "Cool With That" (with Ted Hewitt, Phil O'Donnell) Nominated
Interactive Artist or Group of the Year Won
2018 Canadian Country Music Association Male Artist of the Year Nominated
Fan's Choice Award Nominated
Country Album of the Year – We Were That Song Nominated
Video of the Year – "We Were That Song" Nominated
Interactive Artist of the Year Won
Western Canadian Music Awards Country Artist of the Year Nominated
2019 Juno Awards Country Album of the Year – We Were That Song Won
Canadian Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year Nominated
Fans' Choice Award Won
Interactive Artist of the Year Nominated
Male Artist of the Year Nominated
Songwriter of the Year – "Cecilia" (with Seth Mosley, Brad Rempel) Nominated
Western Canadian Music Awards Country Artist of the Year Won
2020 Canadian Country Music Association Album Of The Year - Now Or Never Won
Entertainer Of The Year Nominated
Fans' Choice Award Won
Male Artist Of The Year Won
Video Of The Year - "Drink About Me" Nominated
2021 Juno Awards of 2021 Single of the Year - "Drink About Me" Nominated
2021 Canadian Country Music Awards Album of the Year - What is Life? Nominated
Entertainer Of The Year Nominated
Fans' Choice Award Won[28]
Male Artist Of The Year Nominated
Video Of The Year - "Make a Life, Not a Living" Won[41]
2021 Juno Awards of 2022 Country Album of the Year - What is Life? Pending
Single of the Year - "Make a Life, Not a Living" Pending

Notes

  1. ^ "We Were That Song" did not enter the Billboard Canadian Hot 100, but peaked at number 34 on the Canadian Digital Song Sales component chart.[32]
  2. ^ "Ain't the Same" did not enter the Billboard Canadian Hot 100, but peaked at number 31 on the Canadian Digital Song Sales component chart.[32]

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