Country music sensation Brett Kissel made a tour stop in North Battleford Thursday for a sell out show at the Gold Eagle Casino.
The award-winning singer-songwriter who hails from Flat Lake, Alberta, performed many of his hits, such as We Were That Song as well as I Didn’t Fall In Love With Your Hair - a song about a couple as the wife battles with cancer, during the show.
"It's one of the first shows to sell out on our tour," he said. "It goes to show how passionate people are about country music, and my music here in North Battleford."
"We are very thankful all these dates are coming together, and are selling out super fast," added the artist currently on a cross-Canada tour, in an interview with battlefordsNOW.
The 27-year-old also has connections to North Battleford.
"One of my best friends was born and raised in North Battleford — Brett Wilson. Brett and his family have really done a lot of important things in the community," he said of the former CBC Dragons' Den show star.
Kissel said he returns to his hometown in Alberta whenever he has a chance.
He currently resides in Nashville with his family, and said it's the best place for him to be right now for his career in the country music business, where he said some of the best songwriters, studios, artists, performers, and managers are located.
The performer said he is inspired by the music of many different artists, but one performer that stands out is Garth Brooks, whom Kissel opened for on a number of occasions in the past.
Kissel was named Best Male Artist of the Year, and he also took home the Video of the Year award for I Didn’t Fall In Love With Your Hair in the 2017 Canadian Country Music Association Awards.
He said he appreciates being able to share his memories and experiences in his songwriting.
"Every song tells a story," he added. “We change our set list on a regular basis which means our stories change. Every show we perform is unique."
The artist said he hopes the stories he shared in Thursday's performance offered something North Battleford people attending the show could relate to as well, since his songs reflect the prairie experience.
"I'm proud to be a songwriter," he said. "I think that's one of the biggest ways an artist can truly deliver a piece of their heart through song, by being able to write. There are a lot of songs on this album I've written that I'm very proud of — songs for my wife, songs for my daughters, and then just some great party songs.”
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