Friday’s Alberta Pride Artist is Brad Sims!
Under a big Stetson, accompanied with a big smile, and based, under even bigger skies of Grande Prairie Alberta, is Canada’s newest gentleman of country music, BRAD SIMS.
Of Metis heritage Brad’s call to immerse himself in all things country occurred when attending an annual Bud Country Fever Music Festival. After sneaking backstage to gain main stage access to watch the performers, Brad’s realization of one day doing exactly the same thing resonated; he was 10 years old. Fast forward and a short 8 years later, Brad’s musical journey commenced with a band called Nowhere Road. Competing in various and well known vocal competitions had Brad take center stage and be awarded the winning position for Duke’s Entertainer of the Year (2010), the Alberta/BC Talent Contest (2013) as well as garnering an impressive third place win in The Next Nashville North Star, at the Calgary Stampede (2014).
Inspired by musical influences including Marty Stuart, George Strait, Mark Chesnutt, Dwight Yoakum, George Jones, and Canadian country trailblazers, Terri Clark, George Canyon, Dean Brody and Bobby Wills to name a few, also ignite Brad, whose songwriting process begins with creating the melody, followed by the lyrics. His first single, “She’d Look Good on Me” is in rotation at Canadian country radio, supported by a visually compelling video and available through iTunes.
Having performed on rodeo stages including the Fairview Amateur Rodeo, corporate events such as the Encana Stampede Barbecue and festivals such as the Grande Prairie Stompede, Brad is never too busy to host charitable events for his local Metis Association to assist an elder’s shelter for the homeless, as well as a youth program to feed and educate children. His generous heart was celebrated in Brad receiving his ceremonial sash from the Metis Association of Alberta (Local 1990, December 2015.) Brad’s childhood dream of taking center stage has indeed come true. His performances at Bud Country Fever Music Festival – where it all began — has also been realized.
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