Although he’s only in his mid-20s, country star Brett Kissel is on the rise. The singer/songwriter is currently out on the road on his We Were That Song Tour across Canada and he’s set to return to Windsor this weekend (Sun., February 11) for a show at the Chrysler Theatre.
“We love Windsor, last year we were here and it may not have been a sold-out show but their enthusiasm made it feel like a sold-out show,” Kissel told YQG Rocks in an interview from his home in Alberta. “When the show was done, I said we definitely have to come back here and soon too. This time out I want to see Hiram Walker & Sons – last time we were so busy I never got to see it. It’s such a legendary piece of Windsor’s history. When we come by this time we’ll have some new music and a couple tricks up our sleeves.”
That new music is his latest album We Were That Song, which was released at the end of last year. At the CCMA Awards in Saskatoon in September, Brett premiered the single We Were That Song with a show-stopping performance live on the nationwide broadcast. In addition to his second straight Male Artist of the Year win, Brett was also awarded Music Video of the Year and Interactive Artist of the Year, bringing his career tally to 10 CCMA Award wins.
I Didn’t Fall In Love With Your Hair was the music video that won the award at the CCMAs. It’s easy to see why the video of the songs from his 2015 album Pick Me Up won the award, it’s such a personal song that hits close to home.
“The song was written by watching how my grandfather was with my grandmother and her fight with cancer,” Kissel revealed. “The song is certainly for them, but it’s also for everyone who has or knows someone who has or has beaten cancer. It really does affect us all in one way or another.”
His roots and family are very important to him. Kissel has his grandfather’s ranch land location tattooed on his heart and his wife is the subject of the beautiful song Cecilia on the new album. In May last year, they welcomed their second daughter Aria to the family.
When it comes to music, Kissel isn’t afraid to push a few limits. He teamed up with Dave Mustane from the metal band Megadeth for the song Damn!.
“I’m good friends with Dave and one day out of the blue he asks why I haven’t asked him to be on an album,” he said. “I was taken back and I wasn’t sure if he was just joking or if he actually wanted to be on the album. He said he’d never played on a country album and thought it would be a lot of fun, so I told him I’d write or find the best rockin’ song I could find. That song was Damn! It was a great find and suits him well.”
Limited seats are still available for the show at $45 each (plus service fees) and are available online at Chrysler Theatre.