View Full Version : Aartist Of The Week - Paul Brandt

Chris Gaines
12-21-1999, 05:30 AM
Many of Paul Brandt's 23 years have been about making a difference in one way or another. "When I was growing up," he says, "I knew that whatever it was that I was going to do, I wanted to make a difference somehow."<P>On his Reprise Records debut, Calm Before The Storm, Brandt makes a difference indeed, fusing his introspective nature with a youthful energy and a conviction in songs about passion, love, and even regret.<P>Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, and surrounded by cattle ranches and oil refineries, Brandt sang in church as a boy, grew up on gospel music, and took up the guitar in the ninth grade. He recalls that his childhood upbringing and surroundings along with his love for the guitar made country songs come naturally. "It just seemed natural," he says, "with my voice and with who I was, and I decided to stick with it."<P>Late in high school, Brandt began entering talent contests, such as the one held at the world renowned Calgary Stampede, fostering and even greater passion for performing his own material as he developed his skills as a songwriter. "I never did anything that was so terrifying and at the same time felt like it was what I was supposed to do," he says. He began listening to other successful performers: "The people who really stood out to me were George Strait, Dwight Yoakam, and Clint Black--country artists with a modern edge."<P>Brandt won the $1000 prize at the 1992 Stampede, and entered other competitions in the United States and Canada. But simultaneously, he was pursuit another career in professional nursing. He comes by the vocation naturally. Brandt's father is a paramedic, and his mother went back to school to become a registered nurse, and he soon followed.<P>Brandt served as a pediatric nurse for two years, working at Alberta's Children's Hospital in Calgary, often with terminally ill children. "You see a lot of things people never see in their whole lives," he says of his experience, "and you're thrown into the human experience--you're experiencing those emotions with those people. I think a lot of that comes through in my songs."<P>Fate intervened when Brandt entered a nationwide contest sponsored by SOCAN, the Canadian performance society. In the national finals, he placed second in performance but won first prize for the Best Original Canadian Song, "Calm Before The Storm."<P>Many of Nashville's movers and shakers were in Hamilton, Ontario, for the SOCAN competition and for the concurrent Country Music Week. Warner Music Canada's Kim Cooke contacted Brandt, and he sent a tape of his songs to Nashville.<P>The tape that Brandt sent didn't take long to turn heads. He says remembering, "I had a message on my machine from Paige Levy," who had also signed Reprise's Dwight Yoakam, "saying, `We're comin' up to see you, so put a showcase together.' That's how I ended up getting my big break."<P>Today Brandt, who lives in Nashville, sees his musical mission similarly to the one he pursued in nursing. To him, it's all about making a difference. "My music is just another way for me to make a difference now, and I look at this whole opportunity as a responsibility. This is the gift that I have been given."<BR>-----------------------<BR>Interesting Bio Info:<P>Full Name: <BR>Paul Renee Brandt<P>Born:<BR>Paul Renee Belobersycky ( bel-oh-ber-zysky )<BR>*my note* no wonder he changed it to "Brandt"* ;)<P>Birth Date: <BR>July 21, 1972<P>Birth Place: <BR>Calgary, Alberta, Canada<P>Hair Color: <BR>Brown<P>Eye Color: <BR>Green<P>Height: <BR>6'2"<P>Marital Status: <BR>Married - February 22, 1997<P>Wife's Name: <BR>Elizabeth<P>Wife's Birth Date: <BR>May 2<P>Wife's Birth Place: <BR>Los Angeles, California<P>Place Of Residence: <BR>Nashville, Tennessee<P>Parents: <BR>Claude & Edith Belobersycky<P>Siblings: <BR>Younger sisters - Jenna & Sunny<P>Pets: <BR>Bayleigh The Wonder Dog<BR>Sampson (Chesapeake Bay Retreiver)<BR>Hank The Cat a.k.a. "Stank"<P>Favorite Food: <BR>Sushi, Whole Roasted Garlic<P>Education: <BR>Crescent Heights High School, Calgary<BR>Mount Royal College, Calgary<P>Previous Employment: <BR>Registered Nurse, Alberta Children's Hospital<P>Hobbies:<BR>Mountain Biking, Camping, Fishing, Roller Blading<P>Favorite Sports: <BR>Basketball<P>Albums: <BR>Calm Before The Storm -- 1996<BR>Outside The Frame -- 1997<BR>A Paul Brandt Christmas: Shall I Play For You? -- 1998<BR>That's The Truth -- 1999<P>Record Label: <BR>Reprise<P>Awards: <BR>1992 - Most Promising New Artist - Alberta Country Music Awards <BR>1993 - Best Original Song - SOCAN - "Calm Before The Storm"<BR>1996 - CMT's Male Rising Star<BR>1996 - CCMA SOCAN Song Of The Year "My Heart Has A History"<BR>1997 - Juno - Canadian Country Male Vocalist Of The Year <BR>1997 - CCMA Single Of The Year "I Do"<BR>1997 - CCMA SOCAN Song Of The Year "I Do"<BR>1997 - CCMA Video Of The Year "I Do"<BR>1997 - Male Vocalist Of The Year<BR>1998 - Juno - Male Country Vocalist Of The Year<BR>1998 - Juno - Male Vocalist Of The Year<BR>1998 - CCMA Male Vocalist Of The Year<BR>1998 - Humanitarian Of The Year<BR>1999 - Juno - Canadian Country Male Vocalist Of The Year<BR>1999 - CCMA Male Vocalist Of The Year<BR>------------------------<BR>Paul Brandt On Tour:<P>December 22 Syracuse - WBBS<BR>December 31 Prince Albert, SK Norhter Lights Casino <BR>January 24 Victoria, BC Royal Theatre <BR>January 25 Nanaimo, BC The Port Theatre <BR>January 28 Lethbridge, AB Sportsplex <BR>January 29 Red Deer, AB Centrium <BR>January 31 Calgary, AB Jubilee Aud. <BR>February 1 Lloydminster, SK Exhibition Grounds <BR>February 2 Saskatoon, SK Centennial Aud. <BR>February 3 Regina, SK Centre of the Arts <BR>February 5 Edmonton, AB Jubilee Aud. <BR>February 6 Grande Prairie, AB Canada Games Arena <BR>February 8 Kamloops, BC Riverside Coliseum <BR>February 9 Kelowna, BC Kelowna Centre <BR>February 10 Vancouver, BC Orpheum Theatre <BR>February 13 Winnipeg, MB Walker Theatre <BR>February 14 Thunder Bay, ON Community Auditorium <BR>February 16 Sudbury, ON Sudbury Arena <BR>February 17 Toronto, ON Massey Hall <BR>February 18 Peterborough, ON Memorial Centre <BR>February 19 Ottawa, ON Civic Centre Theatre <BR>February 20 London, ON Centennial Hall <BR>February 21 Durham, ON Community Centre <BR>February 22 Kitchener, ON Center in the Square <BR>February 24 Saint John, NB Harbour Station <BR>February 25 Halifax, NS Metro Centre <BR>February 26 Sydney, NS Centennial Arena<BR>June 30 Dauphin, MB - Dauphin Countryfest<BR>-----------------------<BR>Paul Brandt websites:<P>Fan Site: <A HREF="http://www.geocities.com/Nashville/Opry/4453/" TARGET=_blank>http://www.geocities.com/Nashville/Opry/4453/</A> <P>Official Site: <A HREF="http://www.warnermusic.ca/brandt/" TARGET=_blank>http://www.warnermusic.ca/brandt/</A> <BR>-----------------------<P>That's it! Another installment of "Artist Of The Week"!<BR>Hope you enjoyed the biography :)<P>JasonN

12-21-1999, 12:11 PM
WOW Very cool Jason :D :D<BR>Thanks for all the info on Mr. Belobersycky ;)<BR>Unfortunately I have only heard one song with him :(<P>BrianN

12-28-1999, 03:56 PM
Thanks for all the info on Paul, even though I knew most of it, I'm sure there are some PGers who hadn't. My favorite Paul song used to be "I Do", but since That's the Truth came out, I think the new title cut is my new fave Paul song. Of course, the whole album is full of good songs, esp. "It's a Beautiful Thing", "Really and Truly", and "That Hurts". :DN

12-30-1999, 01:22 AM
<B>Jason</B>,<P>Thanks for posting Paul Brandt :) This guy has talent!! I bought his last CD called "Outside the Frame" and it is great :) I was first attracted by the song "Yeah" :o Oh yeah... that song ROCKS!! <P>I also likes his new stuff :D<P>OGH.. the USA critic said that his new album is one of the diggest disappointments of 99 in country music :( <P>TommyN