Canadian Country Music Star Chad Brownlee to Perform at PeachFest
March 8, 2016

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One of Canada's most popular country music performers will be headlining at the 69th annual Penticton Peach Festival.

Chad Brownlee will be on the Peters Bros. Construction stage, in Okanagan Lake Park, on Aug. 4.

Brownlee won the CCMA Rising Star Award in 2011 and has been nominated for five other CCMA Awards including twice for Male Artist of the Year.

In 2013, his album Love Me or Leave Me was nominated for a Juno Award.

Brownlee, who was raised in Kelowna, took an unconventional path to the music industry. He was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in 2003. Brownlee spent four years in the collegiate hockey ranks with Minnesota State Mavericks before turning pro. After a brief pro career, he traded in his skates for a guitar.

His first single, "The Best That I Can," was released in 2009.

Since then, his last seven singles have charted on Canadian country music radio. His most recent single, "Hearts on Fire" was released last year.

Brownlee is also known for donating his time to a wide variety of charities including the Tim Hortons Children's Foundation.

Peach Festival entertainment director Bill Kolter said he is thrilled that Bronwlee will be on stage for Peachfest's country night.

"Chad has a great voice and puts on a great show," Kolter said. "It will be a lot of fun."

Opening for Brownlee will be one of Canada's up-and-coming country music stars, Jordan McIntosh.

McIntosh, who is only 20 years old, was nominated for the CCMA Rising Star Award last year.

McIntosh, who hails from Ottawa, has released six singles in his young career including "All About the Girl" in 2015.

There is no admission charge for the concert. Peach Festival is scheduled Aug. 3 to 7.

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