Country music singer Brett Kissel, who recently received the Allan Slaight Honour at Canada’s Walk of Fame in Toronto, recognizing young, inspirational Canadian musicians, is donating the proceeds from the download sales of his song “I Didn’t Fall In Love with Your Hair,” until Oct. 28, to the Canadian Cancer Society. Businessman/philanthropist W. Brett Wilson, former panelist on the TV show Dragons' Den and himself a cancer survivor, will match the amount raised up to $25,000.
The 26-year-old Alberta native released his latest Warner Music Canada album, Pick Me Up, last September, and won four trophies at the 2016 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards, including male artist and fans’ choice. The album includes the No. 1 country single “Airwaves,” and top 10 “Cool With That” and “Pick Me Up,” but it’s taken this long to release “I Didn’t Fall In Love with Your Hair” — which features Carolyn Dawn Johnson — as a single and video, despite a lyric that really hits home with many cancer patients and the people who love them.
Kissel spoke with Samaritanmag about the lyric, why he was uncertain about releasing it as a single, his mother Brenda’s battle with cancer, and how fans have reacted.
Read the complete Q&A here