PAUL BRANDT BIOGRAPHY
Paul Brandt is the most awarded male Canadian Country Music artist in history. Since his million-selling debut album “Calm Before The Storm”, his has been an unlikely journey of humble beginnings and big dreams to fame and stardom. It is an engaging story of a young man who followed his passion to make a difference in the lives of others using his musical ability. It has been a twisting road that has given him an audience with music legends, global leaders, royalty, and placed him on the world’s largest stages.
A former pediatric registered nurse, Brandt had a passion for words and poetry early in life, and began to write music at the age of 13. Greatly inspired by both the Gospel music he heard at the church his family attended, and by the Western heritage, tradition, and culture of 1980s Alberta, the music that he created immediately skewed towards a Singer/Songwriter style, and towards Country Music.
For as long as he can remember, Paul loved to sing and write poetry and music. He also had the goal of one day becoming a doctor. While reaching for his medical dreams during his college years, he started entering and winning talent competitions, one of which was the Youth Talent Showdown at the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede. Brandt credits these contests as events that altered the course of his life.
Label executives began to take notice, and by the age of 21, Brandt had been signed to a seven-album deal with Warner/Reprise Records Nashville, alongside label-mates Faith Hill, Randy Travis, and more. By 1996, Brandt had become the first Canadian male country artist to reach the Billboard Top Ten in the US since Hank Snow in 1974, and a string of number one hits and gold and platinum albums followed.
Spurred on by an independent, entrepreneurial spirit, and his non-compromising artistic vision, in 2001 Brandt petitioned to be released from his contract, which was eventually granted by Reprise, and he formed an independent label called Brand-T Records. The move proved to be the right one for Brandt creatively and commercially. The subsequent five albums were recognized by industry leaders with Album of the Year awards. The split from the label opened doors for Paul and his wife Elizabeth, to realize the dream of putting down roots back in Alberta. Carried by the popularity of songs like “Leavin’”, “Alberta Bound”, “Didn’t Even See The Dust”, and his remake of the C.W. McCall classic “Convoy”, Paul’s life imitated his own music as the lines of his song “Alberta Bound” seemingly carried him from Nashville, Tennessee back to his birthplace of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Paul continues to chart his career forward with new music. Just As I Am, his 11th studio album, features well-known Gospel songs. The album includes collaborations with artists including Patty Loveless, Ricky Skaggs, Dan Tyminski, John Anderson, The Whites, The Isaacs, Jon Randall Stewart and High Valley. The documentary filmed at Ryman Auditorium is slated for release later this Fall.
In addition to his many industry accolades and awards, Paul has an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of Lethbridge and an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Briercrest College and Seminary.
Along with his wife Liz and their two children Joseph and Lily, Paul is committed using his music as a platform to create a positive impact on the lives of people in communities around the world through the charitable foundation he has established called The Build It Forward Foundation. Paul and his family are also active with a number of international organizations close to his heart.