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Chad Brownlee is Prepared for Whenever Inspiration Hits
April 27, 2016

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The most valuable tool in Chad Brownlee's songwriting arsenal just might be his smartphone.

For Brownlee, who is set to release his fourth album, Hearts On Fire, on April 29, inspiration can hit at any time and that's where his phone comes in handy.

"The one good thing about having a phone on me all of the time is that I can write the titles of songs or record a melody if the inspiration hits me as I'm walking down the street, which happens more often than not," explained Brownlee during an interview at The Artful Dodger during a recent promotional stop in Regina. "I don't know how many times I've thought of a melody while I'm walking my dogs out in the woods. There have been times where I've forgotten my phone in the house and I'll run back, replaying the melody over and over and over in my mind so I don't forget it until I finally record it.

"I've often wondered how people did this before recording devices, how they remembered them all. It's every day events, it's conversations, it could be this conversation, it could be something we see on TV or read in a book. There's inspiration everywhere."

Since releasing his self-titled debut album in 2010, Brownlee has become a regular on Canadian country radio with hits like "Love Me Or Leave Me," "Hood Of My Car," "Listen," "Smoke In The Rain," "Crash" and "Where The Party At." Love Me Or Leave Me, released in 2012, and The Fighters, released in 2014, built on the foundation of Brownlee's debut album.

Brownlee admitted that the recording process has changed for him over the course of the four albums.

"I might have the same idea of what something should sound like, but now I can articulate it and I have the confidence to bring that out," said Brownlee, who began his music career after retiring from professional hockey following the 2007 season. "I remember the first time in the studio with these musicians that had been playing music longer than I had been playing hockey, I was sitting there, taking it in and not saying much. I felt like the rookie. I was the youngest guy in the room, the newest at this. Yes, they were my songs that I wrote but I kind of let the painter paint. I think it's important to not step on their toes, like when the guitar player is doing his solo."

"But yes, I do have more confidence now to take more of the lead, to speak out if I don't like something or I feel we need to change directions."

The 31-year-old Brownlee has found success in a highly competitive field in Canada with the likes of Dean Brody, Gord Bamford, Dallas Smith, Paul Brandt, Johnny Reid and Brett Kissel — just to name a few — fighting for spots on top of the charts.
While some artists might be initimidated or put off by the competition, Brownlee enjoys facing the challenge.

"I see it as a healthy competition, more of a motivational push because now that Canadian country music is so strong, your music needs to be great," said Brownlee. "It's not enough just to be good. That's healthy. We could selfishly complain about others taking our spot on radio because it's very competitive right now, but I think you have to look at the big picture, take a step back and see that it's probably the healthiest thing for the industry right now."

Unlike the previous three albums, which were complete albums with 10 to 15 tracks each, Hearts On Fire is an EP with seven tracks. The lead single, "Hearts On Fire," was released on Nov. 27, 2015 and quickly climbed its way into the Top 10 on Canadian country radio. Written by Angelo Petraglia and Erik Dylan, "Hearts On Fire" is an uptempo tune about a raw and passionate love.

For Brownlee, there was no question about making the song the first single released off the EP.

“'Hearts On Fire' is the first song we recorded. We knew we were between album cycles and I hadn't quite had the full album recorded yet, but it was time for a new single. 'Hearts On Fire' was the frontrunner of all the songs I had and we collectively felt as a team that it was the right choice," said Brownlee.

While Brownlee didn’t have any public performances during his latest stop in Regina, his fans will get a chance to see him when he opens the Craven Country Jamboree on July 14. He's been a frequent visitor to Regina, playing everywhere from The Pump Roadhouse to the Casino Regina Show Lounge.

If you miss his upcoming Craven appearance, odds are he will be back to the Queen City sooner rather than later because he's committed to his career for the long haul.

"The road is definitely a young man's game, but I do hope to be doing this for as long as I can and make music for as long as I possibly can," said Brownlee. "It just feels natural to me. It feels like what I should be doing. It's a tough industry and you can be here today, gone tomorrow, but it is finding that magic dust that helps create some longevity for your career. My last song may be my most powerful."



 
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