Back in 2011, country artist Chad Brownlee was the recipient of the 2011 CCMA Rising Star Award.
Hard work and persistence has paid off with Brownlee now having achieved his first gold single with the hit, “I Hate You For It”, released on MDM Recordings. It comes after three albums, an EP and 17 singles and for MDM owner Mike Denney the clear sales success represents "one of the biggest in our eight-and-a-half year history."
An award-winning singer, songwriter, philanthropist and ex-NHL draft pick, Brownlee has earned critical acclaim and such accolades as a 2013 JUNO nomination for Country Album of the Year, and, most recently, multiple 2016 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards nominations, including Album of the Year for Hearts On Fire, the fourth release in his discography.
Earlier this month, Brownlee’s Hearts On Fire Tour collided with Tim Hicks’ Shake These Walls Tour for eight co-headlining dates across Western Canada. He is booked to play PEI's Cavendish Beach Fest on July 8.
Reflecting on his career path, the BC native explains in his bio that, "It is quite surreal actually. I'm starting to grow to accept how incomprehensible time is. I really didn't know what to expect when I started down this music road. It's like watching a bucket of water fill up one drop at a time. In the moment it may seem slow, but before you know it, the drops have filled the entire bucket.”
"At the beginning of my journey, and still to this day, I just want to write the best song in each moment of creativity and sing the best I can sing each time I perform.”