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At 21, Paul Brandt was living what many would consider the country music dream. He lived in Nashville, had a multi-record deal with a major label, and became the first Canadian male country artist to reach the Billboard Top Ten in the U.S. since the legendary Hank Snow.
But his independent spirit and non-compromising artistic vision left Brandt feeling unsettled. In a daring move, he asked to be released from his contract and moved back to his native Alberta, where he started his own record label. In the 10 years since, Brandt has released five albums and won countless awards for his music and humanitarian work.
This year, Paul experienced a 'full circle' moment when he headlined the sold-out Centennial Grandstand show at the Calgary Stampede; the same place he performed at the Youth Talent Showdown, more than 20 years ago.
Paul is also involved in a project called 'March To The Top' where 12 seriously wounded Canadian soldiers are trying to reach the 20,305 ft. high summit of Island Peak - a mountain near Everest in the Himalayas.
Among other things, Paul performed for the soldiers before they set off on their incredible journey. It was all part of a short documentary called 'A Proper Send Off'. You can watch that here.