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Paul Rennée Belobersycky (born July 21, 1972) is a Canadian country music artist, known professionally as Paul Brandt. Growing up in Calgary, he was a pediatric RN at the time of his big break. In 1996, he made his mark on the country music charts with the single “My Heart Has a History,” propelling him to international success and making him the first male Canadian country singer to reach to the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in the United States since Hank Snow, who last charted a Top 10 hit when “Hello Love” hit #1 in 1974. Brandt is married to Elizabeth Peterson, who can be seen in some of his music videos, and heard singing background on his CDs. Brandt’s music has been used by Dave Matthews and Johnny Cash on the We Were Soldiers soundtrack, a duet of the song written by Paul Brandt and Steve Rosen called “For You.”
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George Canyon (born on August 22, 1970) is a Canadian country music singer. He was runner up Nashville Star 2 in 2004. He grew up in Fox Brook, Pictou County, Nova Scotia and later lived in Hopewell, Nova Scotia (where he still owns land) before he moved west. He currently lives in High River, Alberta. He also holds an appointment in the Canadian Forces as Honorary Colonel at 14 Wing Greenwood.
He was born to Fred Lays Sr. and Cheryl Lays in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.
George Canyon has held many jobs: he spent time working as a law enforcement officer, a slaughterhouse beef inspector, and the owner/operator of his own recording studio. He always dreamed of becoming a professional musician.
Canyon is the father of two children. His wife, Jennifer, worked three jobs during the day so that he could sing at night. In 2004, George Canyon competed in Nashville Star. He was the runner-up in the competition, but became very well known in Canada and garnered much support, being the only Canadian to make the cut for the competition. After the competition ended, he received many accolades from fans and the industry alike. These include the top 5 hit “My Name,” a Juno Award for Best Country Recording of the Year (for his album One Good Friend), and, four Canadian Country Music Awards Nominations (CCMAs) including Male Vocalist of the Year and the Fan Choice Award.
He played a U.S. Forest Ranger in the last two episodes of the 7th season of Trailer Park Boys.
On September 22, 2007, Canyon performed at China-Canada: Hand in Hand; a joint concert held in Vancouver between CCTV (China Central Television) and CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) to commemorate the 1 year countdown of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. One of the songs performed by Canyon was “What a fine Jasmine blossom”. Sung entirely in Mandarin, Canyon performed the touching duet with Mandarin singer Tang Can.
On 9 January 2008, Canadian Defence minister Peter MacKay appointed the Nova Scotia-born Canyon to the position of Honourary Colonel at 14 Wing Greenwood, the largest air base on the east coast.
Canyon was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 14 and has given talks to children about diabetes.