One of the brightest artists to come out of Canada is the country-music singer-songwriter Dean Brody. The talented star is rapidly becoming a force to reckon with on the Canadian country music scene with numerous singles on the Billboard charts and a score of CCMA and Juno Awards under his belt. As he sets out on his upcoming cross-country jaunt, we explore some of the noteworthy turns in his more-than-a-decade spanning career.
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Beginnings of a star
Raised in Jaffray, British Columbia, Brody worked at a sawmill as a boy where he also practiced playing the guitar in spare time. Like most country music stars, Brody had to shift to the Music City in 2004 for the sake of a music career. There he signed a publishing contract and worked on writing songs for a few years. In 2008 with the help of producer Keith Stegall he was signed to the famous Broken Bow Records under which he released his debut single “Brothers” the same year.
“Brothers” becomes a resounding success
As the song title suggests, the single describes the relationship between two brothers one of whom goes to war and returns home injured. The mid-tempo ballad highlights the songwriting talents of Brody and was well-received among critics. It featured among the top thirty on the Billboard “Country Singles” chart and took home the Canadian Country Music Association Award for “Single of the Year” in 2009 while also earning two more award nods. The same year saw the release of the music prodigy's self-titled debut album that created waves on the Billboard as well, featuring at number four on the “Top Heatseekers” charts.
Success continues with Trail in Life and Dirt
The talented Canadian continued the streak of success with more award-winning albums in 2010 and 2012, this time under the label of Open Road Records. His sophomore effort Trail in Life earned Brody the “Album of the Year” award at CCMA. Its title single was recognized as the “Single of the Year” while the artist also bagged the “Songwriter of the Year” award at the ceremony.
More acclaim followed with the third studio album Dirt
that earned Brody his second “Album of the Year” win at the CCMA. The album featured at number twelve on the Billboard “Top Canadian Albums” chart, Brody's highest ranking on the said chart until the arrival of his most recent album. It also featured the hit single “Canadian Girls” that earned several award nominations as well as a top forty place on the “Canadian Hot 100” chart.
Down the Gypsy Road
Gypsy Road is the title of Dean Brody's fifth studio album that came out in summer 2015. Aside for one song, the album is an upbeat and energetic collection and is already charting among top ten on the “Top Canadian Albums” chart. It spawned two hit singles “Bring Down the House” and “Upside Down.” Both secured a spot on the “Canadian Hot 100” chart which speaks a lot about the potential of the album. The former single also took over the number one spot on the SoundScan “Top Country Singles” chart.
Gypsy Road features an emotional tribute to a reservist who was shot down in 2014 guarding the National War Memorial. Though that single, “Footprints of a Giant,” is included in the album it will not feature on the setlist for Brody's upcoming album support tour. An interesting fact about the album is that it marks the first time Brody tries out his ukulele skills inspired by his seven-year old daughter. Another first for Brody would be his partnership with fellow Canadian country music artist Paul Brandt on a cross-country trek. Get Dean Brody tickets and take a stroll with him down Gypsy Road as the gifted musician takes his album on the road with the upcoming tour.