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Canada's Rising Country Star Brett Kissel To Release Major Debut Album 'Started With A Song' October 1, 2013.
September 03 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 3, 2013

CANADA’S RISING COUNTRY STAR BRETT KISSEL
TO RELEASE MAJOR LABEL DEBUT ALBUM
‘STARTED WITH A SONG’
OCTOBER 1, 2013;

DEBUT SINGLE STARTED WITH A SONG
IS NO.1 CANADIAN COUNTRY SONG AT RADIO;

BRETT SET TO PERFORM SUNDAY AT THE CCMA AWARDS
AIRING ON CBC AND CMT





"Started With A Song," the major label debut album from Warner Music Canada country music recording artist Brett Kissel, will be released on October 1, 2013. The album is now available to pre-order from iTunes: http://bit.ly/17J7D3T. A deluxe edition CD featuring three bonus tracks will be released exclusively to Wal-Mart stores nationwide.

A limited edition pre-order bundle – including a t-shirt, autographed poster, 8x10 photo and a copy of the CD – is available to purchase from Brett’s official web store: http://brettkissel.rhinorecords.ca.

The first single and title track is currently the most played Canadian country song at radio, and is No. 5 on the BDS Country chart this week. Brett is one of only five artists to have their debut single reach the top five on the Country chart since BDS began monitoring airplay in 1996, and the first in five years. The companion video is currently No. 3 on the CMT Top 20 Countdown.

Upon its release in June, Started With A Song made radio history. With more than 93% of Canadian Country stations adding the single, Started With A Song eclipsed the record for most adds at Country radio in one week, a record previously held by Taylor Swift.

Co-produced by Kissel with Ted Hewitt (Rodney Atkins), CCMA Award-winner Bart McKay and Ben Phillips (Blake Shelton), “Started With A Song” is an exhilarating collection of music: each song a slice of real-life sentiment; emotional touchstones that run the gamut of highs and lows and explore such subjects as deep love, trying moments and poignant reflection, measured out by party anthems and a sense that something special is happening here with Brett Kissel.

This Sunday (September 8), Brett will perform at the 2013 Canadian Country Music Association Awards from Edmonton, airing at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC, with encore airings on CMT starting at 10 p.m. ET. Kissel, who became the youngest CCMA Awards nominee in history in 2006 at age 15, will host Friday night’s CCMA Awards Legends Show.

The 23-year-old from Flat Lake, Alberta, will tour extensively throughout the rest of the year, with a slew of headlining shows across Canada, and a set of dates opening for country legend Dwight Yoakam later this month. More dates will be announced soon.

Brett Kissel – who graces the cover of the latest issue of Canadian Cowboy Country magazine – spent the early part of the summer on an extensive 25,000-km, eight-province Canadian promotional tour, visiting over 100 radio stations, retail and media outlets to introduce his debut single.

In August, Brett performed alongside artists such as Nickelback, Johnny Reid and The Sheepdogs at the Alberta Flood Benefit concert at McMahon Stadium in Calgary that raised $1.4 million for flood aid. He also helped raise over $131,000 when he joined Paul Brandt, George Canyon, Carolyn Dawn Johnson and Jim Cuddy at the Halo High Water Benefit Concert.

Track list:
1. Started With A Song
2. Tough People Do
3. 3-2-1
4. Something You Just Don't Forget
5. Raise Your Glass
6. Country In My Blood
7. My Cowgirl
8. Girl In A Cowboy Hat
9. Canadian Kid
10. Together (Grandma & Grandpa's Song)

Bonus tracks for Wal-Mart exclusive deluxe edition:
11) She Knows What She Likes
12) The Man I Am
13) Long Hot Summer

Upcoming tour dates:
September 12 - Athens, ON - Joshua Bates Centre
September 13 - Leduc, AB - Leduc Recreational Centre*
September 14 - Edmonton - River Cree Resort And Casino
September 15 - Fort McMurray, AB - Casman Centre*
September 19 - Cranbrook, BC - Recplex*
September 20 - Penticton, BC - South Okanagan Events Centre*
September 21 - Victoria, BC - Upstairs Cabaret
October 6 - Josephburg, AB - Moyer Recreational Centre
October 19 - Moose Jaw, SK - Mae Wilson Theatre
November 8 - Nanaimo, BC - Queens Hotel
November 9 - Campbell River, BC - Tidemark Theatre
November 16 - Edmonton - Shaw Conference Centre
November 23 - Regina, SK - Brandt Centre
December 6/7 - Neilburg, SK – Neilburg Community Hall

*=with Dwight Yoakam