2014 Mastercard Memorial Cup VIP Concert featuring: Brett Kissel

Date: May 24th, 8:00 pm - May 24th, 11:00pm

Venue: Budweiser Gardens

Location: London

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MUST BE LEGAL AGE 19+ PHOTO ID REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS EVENT Tickets for this event are available online at www.mastercardmemorialcup.ca, by phone at 519-681-0800 ext 1 or at the OMAC Mortgages London Knights Box Office in person inside Jack Astor’s Gate #4 of Budweiser Gardens (located at the corner of Dundas Street and Ridout Street)

The 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup London Host Committee is excited to announce that Canadian Country Music Association Award winner and recent 2014 Juno award winning Breakthrough recording artist of the year, Brett Kissel will be headlining the 2014 Memorial Cup VIP Concert on on Saturday May 24, 2014 in the Budweiser Beer Garden.   Tickets for this event go on sale to the public on Saturday May 3, 2014 at 10:00am at the OMAC Mortgages London Knights Box Office and online atwww.mastercardmemorialcup.ca

The 23-year-old singer/songwriter has released two independent albums, sold out countless shows, and earned two Canadian Country Music Association Award nominations, becoming its youngest nominee ever. Brett Kissel was primed for his major label debut album through Warner Music Canada, Started With A Song, released late last year.

Even before the album’s release, Kissel had already made radio history. With more than 93% of Canadian Country stations adding the first single “Started With A Song,” the track eclipsed the record for most adds at Canadian Country radio in one week, a record previously held by Taylor Swift. Since the album’s release, Brett has become the talk of Canadian country music. He has seen the video for the debut single reach No. 1 at CMT, he has scored three top 10 radio hits, and he headlined a cross-Canada tour. To top it all off, Brett won his first Juno Award – becoming the first country artist to be awarded with Breakthrough Artist of the Year in 17 years.

The album, co-produced by Kissel with Ted Hewitt (Rodney Atkins) and CCMA Award-winner Bart McKay, is an exhilarating collection of music that can be best described as the New Wave of Old Country: 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.

Listening to the rousingly playful title track, the invigoratingly catchy “321” and the modern country gem “Something You Just Don’t Forget,” it is no wonder why Bob Doyle, the manager behind Garth Brooks, proceeded to sign Brett to a co-management and publishing deal upon meeting him in Nashville.

Kissel makes it clear how personal these songs really are with tracks like “Country In My Blood” – written about the Alberta cattle ranch that has been in his family for over a century – the poignant true-life tale of his grandparents in the moving ballad “Together (Grandma and Grandpa’s Song)” and “Girl In A Cowboy Hat,” an upbeat song about potential romance.

Influenced by the likes of Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Buck Owens and George Strait, Brett Kissel is still very much his own man: a dynamic, charismatic performer, singer and songwriter and ready to make an imposing impression on the global country music scene with Started With A Song.

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