Saskatoon Producer Delivers Best Country Album in Canada
Apple Music’s “Best Canadian Country Music Album of 2015,” has a remarkable Saskatchewan connection.
Brett Kissel’s album Pick Me Up, also named as one of Canada's Top 50 Albums of the Year by CBC Music, was recorded in part at Bart McKay Productions Studio in Saskatoon as part of a one-of-a-kind, intensive 3-day sound recording workshop presented by Creative Saskatchewan.
In May of 2015, the workshop welcomed eight artists, recording engineers, and producers who were treated to amazing inside access to an actual recording session. Brett Kissel, Bart McKay and manager Louis O’Reilly shared their insight and expertise as they worked in the studio creating Pick Me Up.
In addition to allowing workshop participants to observe the recording process for Pick Me Up, Kissel, McKay, and O’Reilly made themselves available to lead a number of breakout sessions covering topics like “how to choose a recording studio,” and “how to make money in the biz.”
“Louis, Brett and I had a great experience hosting the weekend,” said McKay. “I only regret that a workshop like this was not available when I was beginning my career in the music business.”
Participants in the workshop had glowing reviews. “The workshop exceeded my expectations immensely,” said recording artist Vladimir Yatsina. “I did not expect to be in a world-class studio with a world-class producer recording an album for one of Canada's biggest country stars! I also did not expect so much in depth mentorship on the music industry itself.”
Delivering unique workshops like this is one of Creative Saskatchewan’s most important priorities. “This kind of training, to help creative producers build a skill-set to make a living with their talent, fits precisely with our mandate,” said Erin Dean, Program Manager of Creative Saskatchewan. “We’re pleased to have delivered the financial support that made this workshop happen, and want to congratulate Brett Kissel on his very successful album.”