photo submitted

Country star Brett Kissel releases new album

Kissel excited to make a stop in Red Deer

Country star Brett Kissel recently released his new album We Were That Song, and is excited to start his three-month long tour, a tour, he said, that’s going to be wild.

“We’re focused on this tour and making it the biggest domestic Canadian country tour ever,” he said.

In a break from his busy schedule in Toronto, Kissel caught up with the Express to talk about the new album, his greatest moments of 2017 and where his musical journey all began.

Kissel will be heading out to Red Deer Jan. 19th to perform at the Sheraton Special Events Centre, and said performing in his home province is the best.

“The reason why it’s the best is because I am a proud Albertan and it’s a place where people get me and I get them,” he said.

Although he has fan bases in the other provinces he tours, he said there’s a special element he always feels when he comes back to Alberta.

“I think the energy level is just a little bit higher and there’s something very special the minute I hit the stage when you have that hometown crowd.”

That hometown crowd, he said, is definitely in Red Deer.

His latest album We Were That Song was released Dec. 8th, and it’s an album Kissel is proud of.

“The title track was a very important song for us because it was so lively and it was so energetic. Every song on that record needed to fit in our set list. If it didn’t have a place in our set list during the live show then we didn’t want to put it on the record, because nothing’s more important to me than playing to my fans and playing live.”

Kissel’s journey into country music began around Christmastime when he received a gift from his grandmother at almost seven years of age.

“All I wanted was a LEGO castle underneath the Christmas tree. I wanted Santa to bring me LEGO and then I look under the tree and there’s this oddly shaped gift called a guitar.”

He remembers being disappointed, but later playing the guitar and becoming invested in the music.

“That’s what really set me off and put me on the right path to this career,” he said.

In heading into the New Year, Kissel said 2017 was quite the memorable one.

“If anybody would have told me that all the great things would have happened in 2017 that did happen I wouldn’t have believed it because it was one for the record books,” said Kissel.

He said 2017 started out with the beautiful addition to their family, their second daughter Aria.

“Having her come into our lives has really completed our family. Her arrival was so special and really started 2017 off on a good foot.”

On the musical side of things, he said touring with country legend Garth Brooks and playing shows in Edmonton and Calgary also topped that list of most memorable moments.

“Those were memories I’ll never forget.”

Right now Kissel is basking in the success of We Were That Song, as it climbs the charts at a fast rate.

He will head home to Alberta for the Christmas holidays to see his parents, grandparents and his brother and his kids.

“It’s really great that we get to be together, especially around the holidays – and soak in that time.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Sylvan Lake Wranglers. File Photo
Sylvan Lake Wranglers ready for shorten hockey season

The HJHL will have a 20 game season, playing four games in a cohort and then going dark for 14 days

Decorate your vehicle for display at the second annual Trunk or Treat on Oct. 31 . (Blakc Press File Photo)
Sylvan Lake church to host a socially distanced Trunk or Treat on Halloween

Goblins and ghouls can go around to vehicles for their tricks or treats at the Alliance Church

Front-line hospital workers have walked off the job at the Rimbey Hospital, and across the province. Photo Submitted
Front-line health care workers on strike across the province, including Rimbey Hospital

The strike is due to cut of 11,000 health care jobs in the province, according to AUPE

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, confirmed more than 1,000 cases over the weekend Monday afternoon. File photo
COVID-19: Central zone active cases up Monday

‘We’ve now crossed the tipping point,’ says Hinshaw

Cases in Ponoka (East Ponoka County) as of Oct. 27. (alberta.ca)
Diagnosed cases of COVID-19 at three Ponoka businesses

Town ‘strongly encouraging’ residents to wear non-medical masks in public

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau provides an update on the COVID pandemic during a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Trudeau says pandemic ‘really sucks,’ and that Christmas gatherings are up in the air

The prime minister encouraged residents to continue to follow the advice of local health authorities

The Williams Lake Indian Band is stipulating no-go zones for mushroom picking in areas burned by last summer’s wildfires. 100 Mile Free Press photo
Who controls mushroom harvesting on Indigenous lands?

‘We don’t necessarily know where the mushrooms grow, how old the stands need to be, those types of things.’

Canadian and American flags fly near the Ambassador Bridge at the Canada/USA border crossing in Windsor, Ont. on Saturday, March 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rob Gurdebeke
U.S. election results one factor that could impact immigration to Canada next year

The survey polled 1,523 Canadians between Oct. 23 and Oct. 25

Alberta’s provincial flag flies on a flag pole in Ottawa, Monday July 6, 2020. The Alberta government is hoping to get more Albertans employed by moving to limit the number and type of temporary foreign workers it allows into the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Alberta to limit temporary foreign worker program to save jobs for Albertans

Temporary foreign workers already in the province won’t be affected

(Emily Jaycox/Bashaw Star)
Wreath laying ceremony held in Manfred, Alta.

Ceremony marks 64th anniversary of Hungarian revolution, honours settlers

Royal Alexandra Hospital front-line workers walk a picket line after walking off the job in a wildcat strike in Edmonton, on Monday, October 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta labour board orders health-care staff who walked off the job to go back to work

Finance Minister Travis Toews said in a news release that he was pleased with the labour board’s decision

Wetaskiwin Hospital staff join AUPE walk outs across the province Monday Oct. 26, 2020. Shaela Dansereau/ The Pipestone Flyer.
City of Wetaskiwin health-care workers strike in protest of province-wide cuts

Wetaskiwin Hospital staff join other front line hospital workers across the province in walk-outs.

Most Read