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Paul Brandt, from nurse to country music star

From the legendary Hank Snow to k.d. lang's "cowpunk" sound to the contemporary Terri Clark, Canadians have made many contributions to country music over the decades. CBC Digital Archives presents a selection of radio and TV clips from our homegrown country musicians.

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Paul Brandt has more awards than any other country artist in Canadian history, yet the Calgary singer/songwriter started his career as a pediatric nurse. Music has always been part of Brandt's life. He grew up singing in church choirs and playing the guitar. Brandt got his big break when he won first prize for best original song for Calm Before the Storm, as well as placing second for performance, in a contest sponsored by SOCAN.

That quickly led to a record deal for the 23-year-old. "It's been a real neat ride," Brandt tells the CBC's Shelagh Rogers. 
• Paul Brandt was born Paul Rennee Belobersycky in Calgary on July 21, 1972.

• Brandt worked two years at the Alberta Sick Children's Hospital in Calgary before pursuing his music career full time.

• Brandt has released seven albums to date including: Calm Before the Storm (1996), Small Towns and Big Dreams (2001) and his latest This Time Around (2004).

• He married singer Elizabeth Brandt in 1997.

• Brandt has won six Junos and 12 Canadian Country Music Awards. (2005)

• In 2005, Brandt was named American Country Music Association's global country artist of the year.

Medium: Radio
Program: Morningside
Broadcast Date: March 11, 1996
Guest(s): Paul Brandt
Host: Shelagh Rogers
Duration: 10:31

Last updated: June 6, 2013

Page consulted on September 10, 2014

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