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Feedback From - Brett Kissel
December 17 2014

I was able to catch up with another Canadian music force to be reckoned with. Read on and take a peek into a Day In The Life of Brett Kissel


What am I best known for?
Certainly not my dance moves. I think I am best known for my songs, “Started With a Song” and “3-2-1”…

What day of the week is it and in what city?
It’s Friday and I am in Birmingham, Alabama, USA.

What time did you wake up and tell me about the first five minutes?
I woke up at 7:55 a.m., and the first thing I did was check my TSN Sports app on my phone to see the scores from last night’s hockey games. Then I took a shower, and immediately following that I started answering a pile of emails.

Which 3 songs would fit the sound track of the day?
1) It’s a Great Day to be Alive – Travis Tritt (because I was in a terrific mood today)
2) On The Road Again – Willie Nelson (because my wife and I took a trip down I-65 to Birmingham)
3) Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd (because when crossing the Tennessee / Alabama border there’s a gigantic sign that says: Welcome to “Sweet Home Alabama!”)

Most memorable things I put in my mouth that day.
Like we always do when we take road trips, whether that’s with the band on a music trip, or with my wife on a personal trip, we always stop at Starbucks for a coffee. Today I tried the Caramel Bruleé Latté, and it changed my life.

Tonight I enjoyed an incredible seafood dinner at a restaurant called Ocean in downtown Birmingham, where I devoured some Alabama oysters from the Gulf Coast, complete with a homemade cocktail sauce that blew me away!

Who did you share it with?
I shared the meal with my beautiful wife, Cecilia, and even brought a few left overs back to the hotel so that I could share a few tiny bites with my dog – Charlie.

One thing you wish you could change about that day?
If there were an opportunity to change something, I would have brought a CD along to rock out to, for our three hour drive to Alabama. Cecilia and I love listening to music on our drives, but we didn’t bring anything. And our vehicle isn’t set up for USB or Bluetooth. We have the capabilities for it in our SUV, but I’m not smart enough to sync it up… So a good, old fashioned CD would have been nice!

Most significant food ritual you missed?
I’ve never had any food rituals growing up, and I especially don’t have any now. I eat out so often that the only one thing I look for in a new city is a place for “fine dining”. I like unique food and cool places, but I’m way more interested in fine dining than I am in diners, drive ins, and dives.

What shoes did you wear and why?
Today I wore my trusty old black boots. They’re dressy enough to wear a really nice outfit with, but they’re also casual and rugged enough that no country guy or redneck could make fun of me for wearing sneakers or snazzy dress shoes.

Who has committed your food pet peeve and what is it?
I don’t personally know anyone who has committed a food pet peeve, but there are a number of restaurants that I’ve been to that have committed some. Interestingly enough, majority of the “food pet peeves” are more centered around poor service as opposed to poor food. I’m a stickler for great service (not just good, but great service). And I truly believe that great service betters the mood and experience, and sometimes even betters the food, too!

Promise that I broke?
I was supposed to take my wife on a holiday in September, following the Canadian Country Music Awards. Rome, Italy was our destination, but I had a few concerts come up, and had to cancel the trip – even though I promised that I would take her to Europe. Cecilia completely understood and supported the decision I had to make – but I still owe her one. Likely two holidays now…

One thing I did to build my dream?
One thing, and likely the most important thing I did to build my dream was move to Nashville. If I had not moved to Tennessee I would not have had the incredible opportunities that have been bestowed upon me this year. Like I always say, if you want to be in the acting business – go to Hollywood. If you want to be in the oil business – go to Alberta. If you want to be in the country music business – go to Nashville. And so I did.

At what time and what city did you go to bed?
At 3:45 a.m., I was finally crawling into bed from a great night out in Birmingham with our friends John & Jacob (a terrific American singer/songwriter, folk/country/rock band.) I may have had a few drinks, and I may have left my mark on Birmingham, Alabama.
Crispy Perogies On The Marilyn Denis Show
December 15 2014

I recently made an appearance on The Marilyn Denis Show and shared my recipe for Crispy Perogies. This is great dish you can make in bulk and freeze for a quick week night dinner and party food.
Feedback From - Francesco
December 10 2014

He's been named The Next Big Thing and is turning heads of music lovers everywhere. Let's take a look into a Day In The Life of Francesco.

What am I best known for?
I am a singer/songwriter, musician and an afro enthusiast.

What day of the week is it and in what city?
It’s Thursday and I am currently in Detroit, Michigan.

What time did you wake up and tell me about the first five minutes?
I woke up at 11:00AM. I get up from my bed and listen to some tunes to help wake myself up and then jump in the shower to get my hair in shape for the day.

Which 3 songs would fit the sound track of the day?
I would say, 1) Delirious, 2) Raspberry Beret and 3) Uptown - all if which are by Prince.

Most memorable things I put in my mouth that day.
I had one of my favourites, fried chicken with broccoli and fries.

Who did you share it with?
Shared this meal with my band and crew. We’re currently on tour in the US.

One thing you wish you could change about that day?
I don't think there is anything I could or would change about today. Everything has been flowing pretty good, so far.

Most significant food ritual you missed?
I haven't missed one yet. Need to keep my energy levels up and stay nourished on the road.

What shoes did you wear and why?
I wore a brand new pair of all black leather Converse kicks that I recently bought, because they are durable and also look flashy.

Who has committed your food pet peeve and what is it?
I’m not a big fan of heavy sauces - I like the simpler things when it comes to food. Most of my band and crew have committed this pet peeve, but I don’t mind. As long as the sauce doesn’t creep over to my food, we’re good.

Promise that I broke?
I don't make a promise if I believe it can be broken.

One thing I did to build my dream?
I work at it constantly and enjoy the work I do, it should never feel like work I believe. The one thing I aim to do every day, is put on the best show I could for the audience.

At what time and what city did you go to bed?
Since it was a late night after the show I went to bed at 2:00am. Luckily we didn't have to leave until noon the next morning so we are all good.
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