Jaffray, B.C.- born, singer Dean Brody has approached country-music-superstar status. He is now an arena touring act, with thirteen Canadian Country Music Awards and two Junos under his studded belt – closing out the 2016 CCMA Awards with four awards for his platinum-selling single, “Bring Down the House” and the most recent Juno win occurring in April for Country Album of the Year for his latest release, Gypsy Road.
In 2016 Brody took a series of worthwhile risks with “Bring Down the House,” which reached gold after only eight weeks on the charts, rang in at number one on the Country Music Television charts and earned the title and award for number-one-selling digital Canadian country single of all-time. In a similar vein, the forthcoming album will continue keep listeners on the edge of their seats, unable to be sure of what is coming next.
Following an explosive season of performances at summer festivals, Brody has released his sixth album, Beautiful Freakshow. Just as the title of the album indicates, the new record is a fascinating mashup of Brody’s range of musical preferences, best epitomized by the title track, “Beautiful Freakshow”, which features a rap vocal contribution by Halifax native, Shevy Price. From the pop-meets-country vibe of “Bush Party” (released this summer, and the #1 Most Added Single at the time of release), to a touching reggae song called “Beautiful Girl” with echoes of traditional country, to the dynamic duet, “Little Blue Volkswagon” featuring Sarah Blackwood, to the foot-stomping, country feel of “Soggy Bottom Summer” featuring Alan Doyle, there is truly something for everyone on this record.
During the CCMA Award broadcast, Brody performed “Time”; a relatable, country ballad about the impending nature of the ticking clock as we go on about our lives, and the second song released digitally from his forthcoming album. After only a matter of days, the song hit #2 on iTunes Country Music Chart, receiving an incredible amount of initial support online, with fans commenting on social media that they were moved to tears by his incredible performance and the lyrics to the song.
Brody worked on the forthcoming album in Nashville alongside long-time producer and friend Matt Rovey. Brody first packed up to work with a Nashville-based music publisher in 2004, after landing a 2-year deal. When it didn’t work out, he headed back to Canada, taking shifts at the same sawmill he’d first worked at in high school until a call from Matt Rovey and a deal from Broken Bow Records called him back, culminating in his releasing a self-titled album in 2008. The result was a roaring hit: In particular, his single “Brothers” made a massive impact, landing in the U.S. top 30, Canadian top 10, taking home the 2009 CCMA award for Single of the Year and receiving an official certificate of appreciation from the U.S. Army for his song’s contribution to the Armed Forces.
Brody’s ability to tell stories with genuine feeling and authenticity flowed through all the singles that followed, of which “Dirt Road Scholar” and “Undone,” went on to break the top five on Canadian radio. “Dirt Road Scholar” also hit number one on CMT, becoming the most spun song by a new Canadian country artist in 2009. With renewed energy and drive, he finished his second record and struck a deal with Open Road Recordings, with which he put out his next four albums: Trail in Life, Dirt and Crop Circles as well as his latest, Gypsy Road.
In addition to uplifting people with his music, Brody was so moved by the story of one young girl he met while travelling, that he set up The Dean Brody Foundation to physically help in the rescue and prevention of young girls being exploited in child prostitution and human trafficking in Brazil and around the world.