A singer, songwriter, philanthropist and NHL draft pick, Canadian country music artist Chad Brownlee (MDM Recordings Inc. / Universal Music Canada) is a man of many talents. In recent years his singles have been rapidly climbing the country music charts, frequently cracking the top 10 (his new single “Crash” was released to radio on February 19, 2013). For this British Columbia native, a strong work ethic defines his successful transition from the ice rink to spotlight and stage, even combining his dual-passion as he supported MusicCounts playing in the 2013 JUNO Cup. A culmination of many days and nights on the road and hours in the studio, Brownlee has been taking the country music world by storm, recently receiving his first Juno Award nomination for the 2013 Country Album of the Year. In addition to his musical adventures, last summer Brownlee partnered with the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation to share the joy of music with the campers, leading music workshops across the country.
In only a few short years since his debut album release in 2010, with his mesmerizing live performances and his rugged good looks, Brownlee has been stealing the hearts of his fans across Canada; most recently while co-headlining The Boys of Fall 2012 national tour with Dallas Smith. He enjoyed a showcase year in the Canadian music scene throughout 2012, recently topping things off with a 2012 Canadian Country Music Award (CCMA) nomination for Male Artist of the Year, and performing on the live national CBC TV broadcast of the awards show. Since the release of his latest album Love Me Or Leave Me (on February 14, 2012), the talented singer-songwriter has shown the industry that his place in country music is on the rise; quite literally as he was also the recipient of the 2011 Rising Star Award at the CCMA’s. To kick off the release of his new album Brownlee hit the road, touring with Grammy-nominee Dierks Bentley across the country.
Explains Brownlee, “Love Me or Leave Me, like much of my work, is drawn from personal experience. To create a song my fans can relate to and connect with, genuine emotion is definitely imperative.”
The first single, “Love Me Or Leave Me” explores a young love, following the recovery from the broken trust by an ex-lover, and the trepidation of a new romance. “I want your everything now… I ain’t gonna let you down… you’ve got a choice to make” sings Brownlee. The lyrics, which share an all too familiar pain experienced by many, are magnetized by his strong vocal skills. “I don’t care, who he was, this is us, if you really want me, I’ll make it easy, love me or leave me!” Brownlee performs with his powerful stage presence. This single is complimented by his third single “Listen”, a ballad fueled by a desperate attempt to save a fizzling love story, filled with such heartfelt lyrics “Baby just listen, listen to the words you’re saying, listen to the heart you’re breaking, think about the love you’re wasting…” sings Brownlee.
Family is a very important part of Brownlee’s daily life. Kicking off the holiday season last December, he released a viral video for the track “Leave Here Dying Young”, a song in tribute to his father. He shares, “My Dad reminds me to always be young at heart no matter how old we are. I hope this video inspires the kid in all of us.” 2012 proved to be yet another busy year on the radio airwaves for Brownlee with the release of multiple new singles (and videos) including “Listen”, where he shot the video at the Salt Flats in California. His previous single “Smoke In The Rain” reached #8 on BDS Country Spins and #8 on BDS Country Audience. Additionally, his first single “Love Me Or Leave Me” cracked top 10, reaching #8 on the BDS Country Spins and #10 on BDS Country Audience. “Crash” continued the trend as the #1 most added (Mediabase) country song in Canada (for multiple weeks).
Brownlee’s self-titled debut album was released in August 2010; whereby he received a 2010 Best New Artist Showcase Award from the Canadian Country Music Conference, as well as a 2010 CCMA Rising Star nomination. Seven of the nine singles he has released (collectively to date from both albums) have cracked the top 10 and achieved impressive success, including the single “Day After You” which broke both the top 10 on CMT’s Chevy Cross Canada Countdown and peaked at #9 on the BDS Canadian Country radio chart. Four additional singles were released throughout the life of the debut record, including “The Best That I Can (Superhero)”, “Hope”, “Hood Of My Car” and “Carried Away”, collectively defining Brownlee as one of the hottest up and coming talents in Canada today.
Before he picked up a guitar rocking out on stages across Canada, Brownlee was performing on ice as a former hockey star, who was a 6th round NHL draft pick for the Vancouver Canucks in 2003. His gift for songwriting was first acknowledged when he was nominated for the NCAA Hockey Humanitarian Award for his song “The Hero I See” in his fourth year at Minnesota State University. The song contributed to raising thousands of dollars for the Anthony Ford Foundation, and arguably kicked off his soon to be career shift into the country music realm. Brownlee’s outstanding display of accolades and intoxicating musical talent truly affirm he is a Canadian artist to watch as his young career continues to explode.