The Western Canadian Music Alliance has announced that Paul Brandt is the 2017 inductee to the Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame, presented by FACTOR. In addition to this honour, Brandt will be performing acoustically at the Western Canadian Music Industry Awards Brunch during BreakOut West.
BreakOut West takes place this year in Edmonton from Sept. 13-17, 2017, returning to Alberta’s capital city for the first time since 2008. Delegate registration opens on April 18th, and a full list of Western Canadian Music Award nominees will be announced on April 24th, commencing the member voting period for nominees.
Paul Brandt is the most awarded male Canadian country artist in history. His 1996 debut RIAA-certified Gold album Calm Before the Storm went on to sell one million albums internationally, propelled by the number one single and wedding standard “I Do.” Stateside, his number five and number one charting songs, “My Heart Has A History” and “I Do,” were the first to chart by a male Canadian Country artist since Hank Snow in 1974. His 11 career albums have spawned hit singles, multiple Album of the Year awards, gold, platinum, and multi-platinum performances. The song “For You” (Brandt/Rosen) was selected to promote the major motion picture We Were Soldiers, and was performed by Johnny Cash and Dave Matthews.
The Canadian Independent Music Association recently celebrated Brandt’s reaching Road Gold Status as a top headliner and major box office draw in Canada. As a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee award, and numerous other national and regional humanitarian nods, Brandt is committed to practically meeting the needs of the poorest of the world’s poor through his Buckspring Foundation. A proud champion of The Trans Canada Trail, Brandt is dedicated to creating spaces for respectful discussion and fostering meaningful community through his artistic platform. Paul is currently working in partnership with the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre and The Joy Smith Foundation to create a world-class Anti-Human Trafficking Centre for Excellence in Calgary, Alberta. Also currently serving as Mount Royal University’s “Storyteller in Residence” at the Bissett School of Business, Paul has been working with students to create business and social enterprise projects utilizing the Paul Brandt brand. Recent projects have included work raising funds and awareness for the causes of fighting human trafficking and the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.
Paul has begun writing for a new music project as of January 2017, and BreakOut West says it is honoured to induct this unstoppable musical force into the Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
For more information, go to www.breakoutwest.com.