“Music has such an amazing ability to heal and bring people together. I want to be a part of that always.” Brendan Guy
Brendan Guy is not your typical 15 year old teenage boy. While most teenage boys are out hanging with friends, chasing girls or playing video games, Brendan is writing, recording, singing and performing music. And that’s the way he wants to keep it.
Brendan is a budding Pop-Star from Leduc, Alberta, Canada. He has been singing and performing since his mom can remember.
“I always said, if this kid isn’t performing on a stage somewhere someday, we did something wrong,” says his mom Cindy.
Since the age of five, when he received his first Karaoke machine for Christmas, Brendan has been entertaining family and friends. The coffee table became his stage as he would belt out “Let the Rain Fall Down”, a line in the the lyrics from Hilary Duff’s song “Come Clean”. In fact he sang it so much he wore out the cassette tape!
Seeing his potential, passion and natural ability to entertain, Cindy agreed to put him into classical voice lessons at the age of 7. Brendan progressed rapidly and was soon competing in provincial competitions. He soon became bored with the Classical Genre because he wanted to be a Pop Star!
His love of entertainment led him to the Theatre and at the age of 10 landed the role of the Artful Dodger in the classic Oliver Twist. It was there that he met the amazing Albert Country Music Recording Artist Joanne Janzen who became his mentor and led him down a path that changed his life.
Joanne saw Brendan’s passion and desire and took him under her wing. At that time Brendan’s main goal was to sing “I Believe” the 2008 Winter Olympic Theme Song with Joanne but was too embarrassed to tell her. Brendan’s mom Cindy let the secret out and in June, 2010 Brendan’s dream came true and for the first time he shared the stage with Joanne and gave his first public performance at a local fundraiser. The crowd gave him a standing ovation and all the ladies in the room were crying. Brendan knew from that moment that he wanted to move people with his voice like he did that night for the rest of his life.
Joanne put Brendan in touch with Wes Inaba, the director of a studio called Pure Artists and from there Brendan’s love of music and performing blossomed. Pure Artists has a mandate of always giving back so Brendan began to perform regularly at Charity events throughout the region. Performing at venues such as the Run for the Cure in front of 15,000 people, to the Big Valley Jamboree and the renowned Winspear Centre in Alberta allowed his confidence to grow along with his followers.
Brendan also began competing and having great success in competitions. In 2011, he won Leduc Black Gold Idol Junior Division, received first runner up in Northern Star Talent Contest and captured the Global Country Star Search Junior Championship which lead him to Pigeon Forge Tennessee in 2012 where he picked up 5 International Awards (Male Vocalist, Male Entertainer, Video, Co-writer, and Duo)
In 2012 Brendan left Pure Artists to concentrate more on vocal ability, writing and pursuing a Pop career. He met an amazing vocal coach by the name of Pattii McMath and concentrated on strengthening his voice and perfecting his sound in the Pop Genre.
It was also at this time that Brendan met Dan Davidson (Tupelo Honey) and began taking guitar lessons. Dan saw the potential and drive in Brendan and offered to co-write and produce an EP for Brendan with his partner Ari Rhodes. So Brendan inked a production deal with Hands-Up! Music out of Edmonton, Alberta and recording began in April 2013.
In preparation for the next phase of his career Brendan began taking vocal lessons from Darcy D (former lead singer of the Canadian Rock Band Prism). To add to his new sound, he has a new look, recorded his first full production music video, and opened for Platinum selling, Juno nominated Pop star Victoria Duffield.
Brendan’s biggest influence in his music career is Jessie J. She inspires him to do better, be better and work hard every day. Brendan always remembers her letter to her fans
“I’ve always said that without my fans my career wouldn’t be possible. I could sing to empty venues and make albums, but if no one buys them or comes to my shows to support me then they wouldn’t happen. They pump the life into the heart that keeps this alive. I try and have the healthiest relationship with my fans that I can. We share a mutual understanding that I will always work hard for my fans, because they are always there for me.”
These words keep Brendan grounded and knowing that his fans are the most important part of this journey because without them he has nothing. Brendan recently dubbed is fans as HEROES, as to him they are his heroes, making his career possible as they give him the inspiration to keep going and never give up.
Although Brendan’s dreams are coming true, he always remembers those that are less fortunate. Brendan has planned two major fundraisers to help when disaster strikes. When the devastating Tsunami hit Japan, Brendan organized a fundraiser and raised over $1000 for the cause. And just this past summer, he was part of a group of artists that came together to raise over $3000 for the victims of the Alberta Floods that wiped out entire towns.
“I have been given a gift and it’s important to use it for good. If my music can bring a smile to someone’s face then I know it’s worth all the hard work” says Brendan. “Music has such an amazing ability to heal and bring people together. I want to be a part of that always.”
The release date of Brendan’s first single “Who I Am” is going to be announced very soon. It is shaping up to be a massive hit and Brendan is ready to show the world Who He Is!