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Dr. Paul Brandt
Birth name Paul Rennee Belobersycky
Born July 21, 1972 (1972-07-21) (age 37)
Origin Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Genres Country
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Years active 1996-present
Labels Reprise, Brand-T, Orange
Associated acts Josh Leo
Website www.paulbrandt.com

Dr. Paul Rennee Belobersycky (born July 21, 1972 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada) is a Canadian country music artist, known professionally as Paul Brandt. Growing up in Airdrie, 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 to 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 #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. Brandt's music has been used by Dave Matthews and Johnny Cash on the epic Mel Gibson We Were Soldiers soundtrack, a duet of the song written by Paul Brandt and Steve Rosen called "For You."

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Career

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.

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. In 2002 Paul hosted the Canadian Country Music Association Awards in the town of Hay Lakes, Alberta. Small Towns and Big Dreams and This Time Around went on to win CCMA Album of the Year nods and a GMA Canada Covenant Award for the song "That's What I Love About Jesus" (2005). His last album, This Time Around, went platinum in Canada and produced the hit songs "Leavin'" and "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 classic Gordon Lightfoot track.

Brandt released his latest album, Risk, in September 2007. The album features a cover of Contemporary Christian artist Nichole Nordeman's song, "Hold On." 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.[1] In his home town on April 6. 2008, Paul won a Juno Award for "Risk" as Country Recording of the Year.

Paul Brandt continues to tour Canada, while playing in front of audiences in the United States occasionally.

Personal life

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 is also currently a spokesman for Ford motor company, and UFA (United Farmers of Alberta). Right now Brandt and his wife, Liz, reside near Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Brandt and his wife, Elizabeth Peterson, welcomed their first child, Joseph Peterson Brandt, on May 15, 2008.[2]

Brandt received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of Lethbridge on Saturday, October 17, 2009.[3]

Discography

Awards

Canadian Country Music Awards
  • 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[4]
  • 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"
Country Music Association
  • 2005 Global Artist Of The Year
CMT (United States)
  • 1996 Top New Male Artist
GMA Canada Covenant Awards
  • 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"[5]
  • 2008 nominee, Artist Of The Year
  • 2008 nominee, Male Vocalist Of The Year
Juno Awards
  • 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
Western Canadian Music Awards
  • 2008 Outstanding Country Recording: Risk

References

  1. ^ R&R Top Canada Country Songs
  2. ^ "Paul Brandt welcomes first child, son Joseph Peterson". Celebrity Baby Blog. http://www.celebrity-babies.com/2008/05/paul-brandt.html. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  3. ^ "U of L Senate Selects 2009 Honorary Degree Recipients". http://www.uleth.ca/notice/display.html?b=13&s=11742. Retrieved 2009-03-10. 
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ 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.

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