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NYCS First Impression Brett Kissel ‘Now Or Never’

Brett Kissel Now or Never

Just three days into the new year and country fans already have some new music to be excited about! Rising artist and Swag Session alum, Brett Kissel recently released his newest album Now or Never, which is comprised of eight unique cuts that showcase the singer’s talent in the best light.

The record begins with his latest single “Drink About Me.” Kissel explained a little bit about his inspiration for the track, as well as, sang the song for us, during our live interview back in October of this year. The song is the ideal introduction into the singer-songwriter’s artistry, and the play on words is the perfect lyrical touch to the heartbreaking breakup tune.

In the next track, Kissel relies on a rhythmic instrumental and a groovy beat to deliver “A Few Good Stories.” With a vibe similar to Thomas Rhett’s, Kissel shines on the upbeat track. The radio friendly jam has a simple message about having fun and living life to the fullest.

“I’m gonna soak up the sun / Keep the wind in my sails / Try to get to heaven while raising little hell / When it’s all said and done, I’ll know I lived it well / If I ain’t got nothing but a few good stories to tell”

In a similar vein, “Young Enough” reminds us to “love the life we live and live the life we love,” while we are young and can do whatever we want. Additionally, “She Drives Me Crazy” continues to mix catchy lyrics with an enticing backing track. Yet again, Kissel blends modern country with a smooth sound and relatable lyrics that any country fan can identify with.

Although all the songs off Kissel’s new project shine in their own right, “That’s Country Music” may one of the best. Listed as track number three, the song is an ode to what we all love, country music. The singer speaks from the heart in the honest and stripped-down track. Forgoing clichés, Kissel makes sure to name everything that he feels is part of country music, all while creating something that is at the heart of the genre, story-telling at it’s finest.

“It’s a never felt a heartbreak like this / That’s country music / That’s why we do it / It hits the heart and soul and just feels right / That’s country music / It pulls through it / It’s the ups and the down, the soundtrack of our lives / That’s country music.”

Continuing to showcase his undeniable talent, “Hummingbird” is as vulnerable as it gets. Eloquently named, the track explores the emotions associated with love and loss in the most poignant way. Referring to a lost love as a ‘hummingbird,’ Kissel laments singing, “some things are not meant to be,” and better yet, that sometimes it is a blessing to let someone go free.

The second to last song on the track “I’m Not Him I’m Not Her” features Kissel in a duet with female songstress, Christina Taylor. The two singers take turns singing verses, showcasing both the male and female perspectives as they try to make sense about how trust issues can impact a current relationship. Both the vocal delivery and the lyrical message are equally as impactful, vulnerable, and powerful. This is the song we never knew we always needed in country music!

“I’m tired of trying to find someone / smiling through the tears / when it’s all said and done / love cannot be trusted is the lesson that I learned / I’m not him / I’m not her.”

Finally, Kissel ends his creative record with a beautiful song called “Coffee With Her.” We learned from our Swag Session that the song blossomed from an interview that Johnny Cash gave with a publication about his version of paradise. Kissel took Cash’s incredibly insightful answer and created an equally as exquisite song. Although simple, the romantic lyrics are a standout and leave you wanting more.

As early fans and champions of Kissel, we are so excited to see how his music is received by county fans in the United States and hope that he achieves success here, as he already has had in Canada.

To keep up with Brett Kissel follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Now or Never is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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Swag Sessions Featuring Brett Kissel

Brett Kissel was our very first Swag Spotlight back in January of 2018 and now we had the opportunity to interview him live and hear two of his newest songs. During our interview, Kissel shared some exciting news, that his new album will be released on January 1st, giving fans something to look forward to in the new year.

Watch our interview and the singer-songwriter from Canada sing his latest single “Drink About Me” and an unreleased song from his upcoming album, “Coffee With Her”.

For more music from artists we’ve featured during our LIVE Swag Sessions, check out our Sessions Playlist below and give it a follow for updates.

 

To keep up with Brett Kissel, follow him on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

 

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Brett Kissel Teams Up With Bachelor-Nation Fan Favorites for New Video

Brett Kissel Bachelor Nation

Photo Credit: Ben Dartnell

Brett Kissel is one of the top touring acts on the Canadian Country music scene and is on his way to becoming a household name across the United States. With songs like “Anthem” and “We Were That Song,” he has garnered tons of fans and he was actually our very first Swag Spotlight back in January of 2018. His latest song “Drink About Me” is his first single to be released in the states, alongside a brand new music video.

Kissel’s new single showcases the fact that we have all at some point drank about someone or to someone. Teaming up with his dear friends and Bachelor Nation fan-favorites, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Jason Tartick, Kissel makes his compelling story come to life. “Drink About Me” displays the common feeling of missing someone and thinking back on your favorite memories with that person and the feelings associated with that. “I am so excited to put out a brand new song into the musical universe. When you hear this song, I hope you’ll reminisce about your best days, happiest times, first kiss, longest kiss, and warmest embrace,” commented Kissel in a press release.

The video was shot on the romantic island of Andros in the Bahamas and showcases Bristowe and Tartick riding bikes, swimming, walking on the beach, climbing on rocks, and, of course, lots of drinking. Later in the video things quickly progress to laying in a hammock, a sweet kiss on top of a pool table, all leading up to the end, a passionate makeout session in the pool. Although you have to watch till the end for a twist.

Bristowe commented in a press release, “In this video, you are going to see some pretty heavy making out, a little drinking and beautiful views. I wanted to be part of this song because I knew it was about a love story and making memories.” Tartick also joined and stated, “Expect to see a very intimate relationship from all perspectives and in different sceneries. We’re just two people who are clearly in love and not afraid to show it.” That is exactly what this song is all about.

Considering how fast he is taking over Canada’s hearts, we have no doubt that this song will be showcased all over the states for people to hear. The 5x Canadian Country Music Award nominee and Apple Music Fans’ Choice winner is very excited to be making and releasing new music as well as adding new tour dates.

To keep up with Brett Kissel follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

“Drink About Me” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

 

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NYCS New Artist Feature: Brett Kissel

 

Brett Kissel

 

Growing up on a cattle ranch in rural Flat Lake, Alberta Canada, our very first New Artist Feature, Brett Kissel learned a lot about country living.  It all started when Kissel was merely seven years old, receiving his first guitar from his grandmother for Christmas.  During our interview, Kissel explained the gift of that guitar was similar to the first time a child gets a football or a hockey stick then goes on to play professionally, that was the moment for him when he realized his dreams.  “As a little kid, I didn’t know it was a career path, all I knew I wanted to do was play guitar and sing,” he explained, “It didn’t take long for me to really gravitate towards the true entertainers and the live show performers, that was my biggest passion.”

He lets us know about his influences growing up, listening to Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, and George Jones, but explains that everything changed for him when he saw Brooks and Dunn perform live. Then he saw a DVD of Garth Brooks and that sealed the deal.  “A lot of people who you might talk to will tell you they found a love for songwriting or the studio, for me it was a love for the stage.”

Fast forward twenty years, Kissel is the only Canadian to tour with Garth Brooks, acting as his opener for over twenty concerts on his world tour.  He recalls the first night on the tour, being nervous to take the stage when “Garth knocks on the door and says “We are actually going to push back the show a little bit, I know you are supposed to play at 7:30 but we don’t have a full crowd yet so we are going to put you on at 8:00 and give them an extra 30 minutes of anticipation and make sure you have the full 19k people.”  The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year is an inspiration to the rising star to work as hard as he can to achieve his dreams of being an artist in the country music genre.

Already on his way, Kissel has had a ton of success in Canada and is currently the reigning Male Artist of the Year at the Canadian Country Music Awards.  He was the youngest artist ever to be nominated and currently has 10 CCMAs.  He built up an incredible fan base in Canada and decided it was time to move to Music City.  Pulling the trigger after marrying his wife in 2011, they moved to Nashville in 2012 and his goal was to harness the momentum and energy from his Canadian success and bring it to the American market.  “We love the city and the creative atmosphere that is here and we love our friends that have turned into family.  If we can we will stay here for the rest of our lives,” he explains.

His latest single, and the title track off of his new full-length album, “We Were That Song” is being spun on Sirius XM The Highway.  Kissel explains that although he did write the majority of the songs on the new record, “We Were That Song” was written by one of his favorite writers on Music Row, Jonathan Singleton and when he heard it he knew he had to record it.  “The record has 13 tracks and it is an extremely diverse project, we have a lot of everything. Country music is the only genre, in my opinion, that lets other genres kind of seep in,” he tells us about his latest project “My record was designed to disarm what anybody thought country music could be.”

If you are looking for diversity, We Were That Song is chock full of it.  From a duet with Dave Mustaine, the founder, and lead of the heavy metal band Mega Death, to a touching song written specifically about becoming a dad to daughters (Kissel has two) each country fan will find something to love.  “I wanted to create a record that was like everybody’s playlist on their phone.  If people listen to classic country then Rihanna and then Bieber, then Aldean then FGL then they circle back around to me, I wanted to make sure my record was chaotic and random so that everybody found something that they liked on it,” he proudly tells us.

Explaining that he understood the risks of releasing an album that is sonically all over the map, he tells us, “I think we need to risk some things to get noticed in Nashville, which is just filled with so many great songwriters and artists, I just wanted to do something that was different and something that spoke to me.”  Looking forward to the new year, Kissel says he is so happy about the way the first single is performing organically and he looks forward to promoting the new album and playing his music for his fans.

Be sure to be following our first New Artist Feature on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and on his website.

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