Dean Brody, Artist of the Week
Runs July 6-10th.
JUNO AND MULTIPLE CCMA AWARD WINNING ARTIST, DEAN BRODY, RELEASES 5TH STUDIO ALBUM ‘GYPSY ROAD’
He’s far too humble to admit it, but this is a pretty sweet time to be walking in Dean Brody’s boots. You might say our man is having his moment.
Take Gypsy Road, the country singer/songwriter’s just-released album. It’s easily his most winning and original collection of songs, a fact confirmed by the rollicking, sun-drenched first single, ‘Upside Down.’ Fitting for a guy already possessed of a boatload of CCMA and JUNO Awards including twin 2014 Country Album of the Year prizes for his fourth disc, Crop Circles.
With Gypsy Road, Brody has corralled his various – and highly varied – songwriting inspirations while fearlessly stretching himself as both a storyteller and a musician. And he did it … while playing the ukulele. Well, part of the time anyway.
Dean Brody (born August 12, 1975) is a Canadian country music artist. Dean Brody was born in Smithers, British Columbia and grew up in Jaffray, British Columbia, spending a formative rural childhood hunting, fishing, splitting firewood, playing sports, and participating in the local 4-H.
As a boy, Brody worked at a sawmill, also playing guitar in his spare time. By 2004, he had moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue his musical career. Although he found a songwriting contract, the expiration of his US work permit forced him to move back to Canada. Eventually, he returned to Nashville through the suggestion of producer Keith Stegall, who helped him sign with Broken Bow Records in 2008. Brody released his debut single, “Brothers”, late that year. Shortly before its release, Brody was injured in a waterskiing accident on the Potomac River and had to undergo extensive reconstructive surgery. He lived with his wife Iris in Chester, Nova Scotia, until moving to Nashville
Years ago, Dean promised himself that if he were to become successful, he would use his profile as an artist to do something to help others – specifically, young girls at risk of human trafficking and child prostitution. During the past few years Dean has experienced tremendous success. With multiple Canadian Country Music awards, numerous other nominations, a Juno award, chart topping radio singles, and a growing fan base, he felt the time was right to do something about that promise he’d made. In November of 2010, Dean and his wife, Iris, established “The Dean Brody Foundation” as a registered non-profit organization. That same year, The Dean Brody Foundation worked together with Matt Roper of Meniniadança and Nilce Campos of Pedraviva, to open a centre for girls just outside the Pedreira Favela in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. In 2012 he helped establish the Pink House in Medina alongside Meninadança, as well as embarking on several investigative trips along the BR 116 Motorway in Brazil.