Video Party: Magic, Jepsen, Kissel, Helman, Yates

MAGIC!’s Nasri was recently interviewed by QMFM DJ Olivia Jones. It is one of the funniest interviews we have seen in some time. Nasri talks about new single “Lay You Down Easy” and the reggae pop group’s upcoming studio album. QMFM was recently crowned the most listened to radio station in Metro Vancouver.

In high school chemistry we learn(ed) about covalent bonding and ionic bonding. But perhaps the most glorious type of all of them is … male bonding? Scott Helman sat behind the wheel of a Volkswagen Beetle Dune to pick up his fellow singers Franseco Yates and Brett Kissel on their way to the JUNOs. The car has a Knight Rider feature with a voice that sounds much nicer than KITT’s. Brett Kissel was very impressed that his intro by Wikipedia was accurate.

This video is a few months old but it is so worth checking out. Follow Carly Rae Jepsen to the sweetest bakeries in the beautiful country of Japan. Fresh off her recent, successful concert tour of sakura land, Carly will be joining Hedley and the aforementioned Francesco Yates on tour across Canada through April and May. Things kick off in St. John’s, NL at Mile One Stadium on April 7. The final show will be May 20 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.


Brett and Kira’s Wager on Eskies and Redblacks


Mike Reilly and the Edmonton Eskimos are up against Henry Burris and the Ottawa Redblacks at the 103rd Grey Cup being played out this Sunday in Winnipeg. Country musician Brett Kissel from Flat Lake, AB is so convinced that his Eskies will take the cup that he has offered a friendly wager to Ottawa country superstar Kira Isabella who is rooting for her Redblacks. The one who supports the team who loses the cup has to make a video singing one of the “winner’s” songs wearing the winning team’s colours. Brett has told Kira she’d better get crackin’ and Google the lyrics for his song “Pick Me Up”. Kira, on the other hand is no doubt very excited to see Brett sing a boogified version of her song “Shake It If Ya Got It” or any other delicacy.

Brett Kira Esks RBs

If in Ontario, you can catch Kira Isabella along with Calgary’s Wes Mack aboard the CP Holiday Train. It’ll be rolling through London next week. Brett Kissel is currently on tour in Alberta in Lethbridge, will play in Fort Saskatchewan the 27th and 28th before heading up to Whitehorse, YT on the 30th.

The Four Kings of Country Airplay

There are the sizzling female soloists and the delicious groups and duos, but from 2013 through to 2015, it is four Canadian male soloists who have scored #1 hits on Billboard country airplay. Other artists have succeeded in different ways (awards, gold platinum certifications, etc.), but in this post, we take a look at the four Canadian kings of country airplay and review the songs that climbed to the very top. They are Gord Bamford, Dean Brody, Dallas Smith, and Brett Kissel via “When Your Lips Are So Close”, “Bounty” (with Lindi Ortega), “Wastin’ Gas”, and “Airwaves” respectively.


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Origin:  Lacombe, Alberta
Formal Debut:  2001
Certification Level:  Platinum
Studio Albums to Date:  7
Hot 100 Songs:  14
JUNO Awards:  3 nominations
CCMA Awards:  15
Interesting Fact:  Gord was born in Australia but emigrated to Canada when he was 5.
#1 Single:  “When Your Lips Are So Close”


dean brody m

Origin:  Jaffray, British Columbia
Formal Debut:  2008
Certification Level:  Platinum
Studio Albums to Date:  5
Hot 100 Songs:  19
JUNO Awards:  1
CCMA Awards:  9
Interesting Fact:  Originally from BC, Dean now lives in Chester, Nova Scotia.
#1 Single:  “Bounty” (featuring Lindi Ortega)


dallas smith m

Origin:  Langley, British Columbia
Formal Debut:  2011
Certification Level:  Platinum
Studio Albums to Date:  2
Hot 100 Songs:  11
JUNO Awards:  1
CCMA Awards:  1
Interesting Fact:  Dallas used to be lead singer of rock band Default.
#1 Single:  “Wastin’ Gas”


brett kissel m

Origin:  Flat Lake, Alberta
Formal Debut:  2013
Certification Level:  Gold
Studio Albums to Date (major label):  2
Hot 100 Songs:  6
JUNO Awards:  1
CCMA Awards:  3
Interesting Fact:  Brett keeps a king of diamonds beneath his cowboy hat.
#1 Single:  “Airwaves”

Headlines and Footdots for Mid-September 2015

hmv oxford street london

Carly Rae Jepsen will be signing autographs and performing an acoustic set at HMV at 363 Oxford Street in swinging London September 18 to celebrate the UK release of her album Emotion. The vintage shop has been there since 1921. One week after, Carly’s Canadian brother will hit London as well.

graham norton show

Yes, The Weeknd will be guesting on Britain’s The Graham Norton Show along with Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, and Peter Capaldi on September 25! It is the season opener of the comedy chat show on BBC One. Other Canadian recording artists to have appeared on the show include Michael Bublé, Alanis Morissette, Arcade Fire, and Justin Bieber.

bieber guinness

The latter celeb was recently inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records for becoming the youngest male artist to debut at #1 on the Billboard U.S. Hot 100. He was presented with a plaque in honour of the achievement. In Canada, the #1 hit “What Do You Mean?” was certified gold just one week after its release.

brett kissel - 321 copy

Also going gold is “3-2-1” from Flat Lake, AB’s Brett Kissel. It is his first certified recording. Brett was one of the winners at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards this past weekend. The big winner of the evening, scoring a cowboy hat trick, was Gord Bamford. A list of all the winners can be found here.

jess moskaluke kiss me quiet

Immediately after the broadcast, CMT announced the release of the brand new music video for “I’m and Open Road” by Paul Brandt featuring two-time CCMA Female Artist of the Year winner Jess Moskaluke. It is beautifully shot, worthy of inclusion on our year-end best MVs list, and we have embedded it below. Jess has a new EP coming out on September 25 called Kiss Me Quiet.

Selected New Releases 11 September 2015

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We begin this week’s new releases with Vancouver bred duo Bob Moses. Excellent debut album Days Gone By combines catchy beats and electronica with singer-songwriter smarts. Quebec City SOCAN winner Safia Nolin tops the iTunes musique francophone chart with her sumptuous new singer-songwriter release, Limoilou. Flat Lake, AB country ace Brett Kissel launches LP Pick Me Up on the eve of the 2015 CCMA Awards. Hamilton’s Grey Lands gives us a dose of splendid alt-rock with album Right Arm. Talented PEI based folk group Vishtèn beefs up the spirit of Acadia with Terre Rouge. More great alt rock proceeds from Regina thanks to Rah Rah‘s latest Vessels while Toronto’s Fresh Snow contributes Won. Two fabulous EPs appear this week: Francesco Yates‘ anticipated self-titler and exquisite electro-soul specialist Jayd Ink with Invitation Only. Both artists are from Toronto.

Enjoy the new music!

Brett Kissel is Riding on the Airwaves

Brett Kissel - AirwavesFrom Livy Jeanne, we touch base with her Albertan counterpart, Brett Kissel. Raised on a rural cattle ranch NE of Edmonton, listening to Johnny Cash, and mastering the guitar, Brett began releasing independent albums when he was 12 years old in 2003. At 16 in 2006, he became the youngest nominee in the history of the CCMAs. Warner Music signed him in 2013 and released his first major single, “Started with a Song,” which peaked at #58 on the Billboard Hot 100 in October. He was off the races. The album of the same name spawned a total of five charting singles on the Hot 100, the most successful of which was “3,2,1” (#52). In 2014, Kissel won the JUNO for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, an award that does not come that often to country stars. Brett lent his vocals and star power to a track on the debut album of Yoan, winner of The Voice. That album currently stands as 2015’s best-seller from a Canadian.

The time has come for some new music from Brett Kissel. His new single bears the title “Airwaves”. A beautifully shot music video was recently launched. It features a red jeep, a diamond ring, dangling lights in a clearing, and of course a young couple on the path to wedded bliss. Check it out below.  iTunes

The Voice Crowns Kevin Bazinet in the Presence of Kelly Clarkson

La Voix grand finale

Kevin BazinetFollowing winners Valerie Carpentier and Yoan in its first two seasons, the champion of The Voice, Season 3, is Kevin Bazinet under coach Marc Dupré. Many fans were torn between the two semi-finalists in Team Marc, both of whom were high profile singers: 2013 winner of YTV’s The Next Star Alicia Moffet and Kevin Bazinet, the younger brother of platinum recording artist Bobby Bazini. Kevin had already released an album independently and now defunct EMI was interested in signing him. Kevin won The Voice among the four finalists with a public vote of 46%. He was awarded the prize money of $50,000. The other three finalists left with their own song composed by their mentors.

A star-studded lineup graced the stage at the grand finale in Montreal, including both Canadian and international acts: Kelly Clarkson, Def Leppard, Melissa Etheridge, Brett Kissel, Jean Leloup, Patrice Michaud, Alex Nevsky, and last year’s winner Yoan whose debut album it was declared has now gone platinum, the first Canadian album of the year to do so. See Yoan with Brett Kissel below.

Yoan platinum

Yoan Sells 40,000 Copies in First Two Days

YoanTwinkly-eyed Yoan, winner of second season of The Voice, recently launched his debut album. It was certified gold just two days after release. The self-titled LP contains 12 songs plus an acoustic version of one. It is mainly an Anglo album with four Franco songs. The 19 year-old singer is accompanied by a couple of guests: his coach from The Voice, platinum songstress Isabelle Boulay, and JUNO winning Albertan star Brett Kissel. Yoan is a fun and frisky country album. The track featuring Kissel is a cover of “Good Hearted Woman” by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. Boulay adds her voice to a Franco adaptation of Hedy West’s “500 Miles”. Opener “Baby What You Want Me to Do” was the lead single and garnered some 80,000 SoundCloud plays in five days.  iTunes

2014 CCMA Nominations

Jess Moskaluke

The Canadian Country Music Association has announced the nominees for its 2014 music awards. Broadcasted on the CBC and CMT, the gala will be held in Edmonton on September 7 and will be hosted by two of the funniest Canadians: Jann Arden and Rick Mercer.

In terms of radio airplay these days, country music in Canada is predominantly a boys’ club. Male singers made up 84% of 2013’s top 50 spins. The nominations this year are a reflection of this male dominance, as the main categories – Album of the Year, Single of the Year, and Fans’ Choice Award – are an all-male sweep. Bright new faces like Kira Isabella, Jess Moskaluke, and Lindsay Ell are working very hard in the midst of this. Good for them.

Flat Lake, Alberta’s Brett Kissel leads the pack with 8 nominations. He is followed by Dean Brody (6) and Gord Bamford (5). Saskatchewan’s Jess Moskaluke has 3 nominations. Below in selected categories are the nominees. A full list is available HERE. You can vote for the Fans’ Choice Award HERE.

Bounty – Dean Brody
Started With A Song – Brett Kissel
Take The Week Off – Deric Ruttan
Tippin’ Point – Dallas Smith
When Your Lips Are So Close – Gord Bamford

All Kinds of Crazy – Codie Prevost
Crop Circles – Dean Brody
Started With A Song – Brett Kissel
Throw down – Tim Hicks
Tippin’ Point EP – Dallas Smith

Gord Bamford
Paul Brandt
Dean Brody
George Canyon
Johnny Reid

Terri Clark
Kira Isabella
Jess Moskaluke
Lindi Ortega
MacKenzie Porter

Gord Bamford
Dean Brody
Brett Kissel
Dallas Smith
Bobby Wills

Autumn Hill
The Boom Chucka Boys
The Road Hammers
Small Town Pistols
The Western Swing Authority

The Lovelocks
Corb Lund
Lindi Ortega
Jimmy Rankin
The Western Swing Authority

Lindsay Ell
Tim Hicks
Wes Mack
Jess Moskaluke

3-2-1 – Brett Kissel
Bounty – Dean Brody
Duet – Wes Mack ft. Carly McKillip
Friends Of Mine – Jason Blaine
Got A Feeling – Tim Hicks ft. Blackjack Billy
Take The Week Off – Deric Ruttan


Bounty, Dean Brody
(Written By: Dean Brody)

Hell Raisin’ Good Time, Tim Hicks
(Written By: Jeff Coplan, Tim Hicks, Casey Marshall, Neil Sanderson)

Mine Would Be You, Blake Shelton
(Written By: Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Deric Ruttan)

Started With A Song, Brett Kissel
(Written By: Brett Kissel, Craig Wiseman)

When Your Lips Are So Close, Gord Bamford
(Written By: Gord Bamford, Brent L. Baxter, Byron Hill)