Paul Brandt (born Paul Rennee Belobersycky July 21, 1972 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada), is a Canadian country music artist. He is the most awarded male country musician in Canadian history. Brandt's music has been used by Dave Matthews and Johnny Cash on the epic Mel Gibson We Were Soldiers soundtrack, a duet of the song written by Paul Brandt and Steve Rosen called "For You." Growing up in Airdrie, he was a pediatric RN at the time of his big break. In 1996, he made his mark on the country music charts with the single "My Heart Has a History," propelling him to international success and making him the first male Canadian Country singer to reach to the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in the US since Hank Snow, who last charted a Top 10 hit when "Hello Love" hit #1 in 1974. Brandt is married to Elizabeth Peterson, who can be seen in some of his music videos, and heard singing background on his CDs.
Brandt's first single, "My Heart Has a History," was a number 1 hit in Canada, as was his debut album, Calm Before the Storm. He followed up with the three hits "I Do" (which he wrote for his friend's wedding), "I Meant to Do That" and "Take It From Me." Calm Before the Storm was certified Gold by the RIAA in 1997.
Brandt's second album, Outside the Frame, did not repeat the same success as Calm Before the Storm did. The album did have some hit singles, most notably "A Little in Love" and "What's Come Over You." Determined to put his stamp in Nashville, Brandt recorded his third album, That's the Truth, in 1999. It was not as warmly received as the previous two, but the songs "That's the Truth" and "The Sycamore Tree" received extensive airplay. After three albums, he released the Canada only greatest hits compilation, What I Want to Be Remembered For, in 2000.
After the greatest hits album, Brandt left Warner/Reprise records and started his own label, Brand-T Records. Small Towns and Big Dreams and This Time Around went on to win CCMA Album of the Year nods and a GMA Canada Covenant Award for the song "That's What I Love About Jesus" (2005). His last album, This Time Around, went platinum in Canada and produced the hit songs "Leavin'" and "Convoy." His last single/video from the album was "Alberta Bound," a tribute to the people and places of that province. Despite the song's name, it is not a remake of the classic Gordon Lightfoot track.
Brandt released his latest album, Risk, in September 2007. The album features a cover of Contemporary Christian artist Nichole Nordeman's song, "Hold On." The first single for this project, "Didn't Even See The Dust," was released to country radio in May 2007. The video was filmed in Barcelona, Spain. "Dust" was one of the 20 most played country music songs of 2007 in Canada. In his home town on April 6. 2008, Paul won a Juno Award for "Risk" as Country Recording of the Year.
Paul Brandt continues to tour Canada, while playing in front of audiences in the USA occasionally.
Brandt and his wife, Elizabeth Peterson, welcomed their first child, Joseph Peterson Brandt, on May 15, 2008.
UFA Awards Small Town Heroes Grand Prize Winner with a Paul Brandt Concert and $2,500 for the Drayton Valley Community.
Oct 27, 2011; After announcing Jeannette Vatter of Drayton Valley as one of the Grand Prize winners for the UFA Small Town Heroes contest, UFA...