10 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Brett Kissel sticks close to his small-town Canadian roots on his debut album, Started with a Song. Still in his early 20s, the native of Flat Lake, Alberta, sings from the perspective of a country kid coming to terms with life’s pleasures and hard knocks. Kissel’s vocals are earnest and just a tad rambunctious; his songwriting interweaves personal details with familiar country themes. The album’s title track (a runaway hit on Canadian radio) celebrates the power of music to set the good times in motion. A similarly upbeat vibe comes through on the party anthem “Raise Your Glass” and the nostalgically romantic “Something You Just Don’t Forget.” Breezy upbeat tracks like “Girl in a Cowboy Hat” and “Country in My Blood” are natural crowd-pleasers, while “Tough People Do” sobers the tone a bit with some bittersweet wisdom. Kissel is especially winning when he touches on his rural roots, as in “Canadian Kid” and “Together (Grandma & Grandpa’s Song).” Production input from the likes of Ted Hewitt (Rodney Atkins) and Ben Phillips (Blake Shelton) helps keep the album sounding clean and dynamic.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Brett Kissel sticks close to his small-town Canadian roots on his debut album, Started with a Song. Still in his early 20s, the native of Flat Lake, Alberta, sings from the perspective of a country kid coming to terms with life’s pleasures and hard knocks. Kissel’s vocals are earnest and just a tad rambunctious; his songwriting interweaves personal details with familiar country themes. The album’s title track (a runaway hit on Canadian radio) celebrates the power of music to set the good times in motion. A similarly upbeat vibe comes through on the party anthem “Raise Your Glass” and the nostalgically romantic “Something You Just Don’t Forget.” Breezy upbeat tracks like “Girl in a Cowboy Hat” and “Country in My Blood” are natural crowd-pleasers, while “Tough People Do” sobers the tone a bit with some bittersweet wisdom. Kissel is especially winning when he touches on his rural roots, as in “Canadian Kid” and “Together (Grandma & Grandpa’s Song).” Production input from the likes of Ted Hewitt (Rodney Atkins) and Ben Phillips (Blake Shelton) helps keep the album sounding clean and dynamic.

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About Brett Kissel

An award-winning country artist based out of northeastern Alberta, Brett Kissel wasted little time in kick starting his music career, releasing his debut album at the age of 12. Drawing on a tireless work ethic derived from years of working on his family's ranch in Flat Lake, Kissel received his first guitar at the age of six, and made his first public performance just a few years later. He released Keepin' It Country in 2003, followed by a trio of additional independent LPs (By Request (2004), Tried and True: A Canadian Tribute (2006), and My Roots Run Deep (2008) before inking a deal with Warner Music Canada in 2013. His major-label debut, Started with a Song, dropped that same year, and earned the up-and-coming star his first Juno nomination. His sixth studio long player, 2015's Pick Me Up, debuted at number seven on the Canadian Albums chart, and he brought home a Canadian Country Music Association award, multiple Association of Country Music in Alberta Awards, and landed Kissel another Juno nomination. ~ James Christopher Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Flat Lake, Alberta, Canada
  • BORN
    May 27, 1990

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