Al Brant

Al Brant

 Sherwood Park, Alberta, CAN
BandPopAdult Contemporary

Al Brant's deep soulful vocals are the perfect compliment for his thoughtful lyrics. His new recording 'Wide Open' has won rich praise from some of the country's most discriminating critics. Brant's connection to his audience was described as transcendent and evoking the most unspeakable emotions.

Biography

With ‘Wide Open’ Al Brant finally got to do something for himself. This new recording has an amazing core band guitar wizard KEVIN BREIT ( Nora Jones,Harry Manx) drummer Gary Graig( Blackie & the Rodeo Kings) and producer and bass Mike Lent (Jann Arden , KD Lang) . The 20 year music veteran put a lot of things on hold being a single father. A few years ago he almost gave up music completely when this talented singer/songwriter finally caught a break.
Al became an itinerant musician as part of the ‘Artist on the Wards’ at University of Alberta Hospital. This life-affirming program gave Brant the means to continue in the business. It also gave him the opportunity to connect with with people on a daily basis. "My work at the hospital has changed me as a human, "he says. "It has made me more aware, intuitive, and compassionate. My hospital experience is rich, and sometimes the people I meet and the stories I hear provide material and inspiration for new songs."
Some of that material found its way into the studio. Recorded with the talented Mike Lent in the producer’s chair, ‘Wide Open’ is the cd Brant always wanted to make. The songs are honest and the production respects the material. Al Brant’s dynamic vocal performance is spiced with terrific session musicians including Lent, Kevin Breit and Gary Craig. ‘I’m proud of it’ says Brant ‘…it’s something I want to stand in front of and say yeah, that’s mine’.
Brant’s eclectic musical background was the perfect training ground for this project. As the front man for such diverse acts as local Edmonton legends ‘Tacoy Ride’, ‘The Stone Merchants/SMAC’ and ‘The Waterbirds’ Brant’s style defies easy categorization. ‘Wide Open’ leans to Americana or Blues, but the songs will find a broad audience.
In addition to his music Brant has been a major participant and contributor to ‘The Christmas Carol Project’. Starting a decade ago a Al has written songs for and performed annually in this musical version of the classic Dickens tale. A televised version of the show aired across Canada on City TV, Access, A-Channel and Bravo!

Lyrics

Wide Open

Written By: Allan S Brant

WIDE OPEN
Copyright © 2008 Allan S. Brant, all rights reserved

THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS LATELY
KEEPING ME DOWN
FEAR AND WORRY IS BEING FED TO EVERYONE
I AIN'T BUYING IT, AIN'T NO WAY, AIN'T NO WAY
I AM CHOOSING ANOTHER DIRECTION AND I AM LIVING
YEA YEA

TO ME IT AIN'T RIGHT HOW COLD IT'S BECOME
OUR LIGHTS ARE TURNED DOWN
SEEMS LIKE NO ONE IS EVEN AT HOME
WE CAN'T TRUST A SMILE
WE CAN'T TRUST WHAT IT HOLDS
I WOULD RATHER BE FREE THAN BOUND BY A DOOR THAT'S CLOSED

WIDE OPEN TO WHATEVER WILL COME, WHATEVER WILL BE
WIDE OPEN TO WHATEVER WILL COME TO ME
WIDE OPEN TO WHATEVER WILL COME, WHATEVER WILL BE
WIDE OPEN TO WHATEVER WILL COME TO ME

MISERY LOVES COMPANY
YOU CAN SEE IT IN OUR EYES
BIG DARK CLOUDS INSTEAD OF OUR BIG BLUE SKIES
I COULD NEVER BE PART OF WHAT I SEE ON THE RISE
TURNING OUR BACKS ON EACH OTHER
AND READY TO FIGHT
Chorus

I KNOW WE WERE NEVER MEANT TO BE SO COLD
BOUND BY MIRRORS AND GOLD
IN THE HEART OF A CHILD WE FIND
WHAT WE ALREADY KNOW
Chorus

Common Thread

Written By: Allan S Brant

COMMON THREAD
Copyright © 2009 Allan S. Brant, all rights reserved

I CAN SEE IT ALL COMING
AND YOU HAVE ALL THESE QUESTIONS
SO MANY WAYS TO BELIEVE IN THIS LIFE

WHO AM I TO SAY
THAT ANYONE IS WRONG?
YOU JUST HAVE TO FIND YOUR WAY ON THIS ONE

BUT THERE IS ONE THING I WOULD LIKE TO SAY
BEFORE YOU SET SAIL ON THESE STORMY SEAS
OPEN YOUR MIND TO WHAT OTHERS BELIEVE
TAKE WHAT YOU WANT OF IT, TAKE WHAT YOU NEED

AND I DO BELIEVE THERE IS A COMMON THREAD
THAT WEAVES THROUGH OUR HEARTS
COULD YOU PUT ANY NAME ON IT
COULD IT BE THE SAME LIGHT IN THE DARK?

I CANNOT SEE HOW ANYONE GETS THE EDGE ON HEAVEN
NOBODY REALLY KNOWS IF THEY'RE RIGHT OR THEY'RE WRONG.
WE TAKE OUR BEST CHANCE AT WHAT RESONATES
BUT THAT MIGHT CHANGE AS WE MOVE ALONG

SOME WILL FOLLOW A PASSION PLAY
OTHERS WILL SPIN A KHARMIC WHEEL
SOME PRAY TO A MYSTERY
OTHERS WAITING FOR A BETTER DEAL
Chorus

I WOULD SAY LOOK AT ALL OF IT
AND NEVER FEEL YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO LOSE
WHEN FEAR TAKES AHOLD OF YOU
IT STEALS AWAY YOUR WILL TO CHOOSE
Chorus

Shaman's Dream

Written By: Allan S. Brant

SHAMAN'S DREAM
Copyright © 2009 Allan S. Brant, all rights reserved

I WAS BORN IN THE RUINS OF LUST
FOUND MY WAY UP THAT MANGLED OL' TREE
I SAW THE GRAVE DIGGERS KICKIN' UP THE DUST
THEY WERE DOING IT ALL FOR ME

SO I LAY DOWN IN MY SHALLOW GRAVE
I TOOK ON EVERY FEAR THAT CAME MY WAY
WHEN I WOKE UP I LIT THE SPARK TO THE FLAME
FOUND A DESIRE THAT WAS SLEEPING IN ME

NOW YOU BETTER GET OFF THE ROAD
I'M A STEAM ROLLER COMIN' ON
BETTER GET OFF THE ROAD
I'M A STEAM ROLLER COMIN' ON

SPIRIT OF SOMEONE KEEPS FOLLOWING ME
HOLDING ON TO A BAG OF MEMORIES
KEEPS ON DARING ME TO HAVE ANOTHER LOOK
I STICK IT IN HIGH GEAR…JUST WATCH ME GO
Chorus

One of Those Days

Written By: Allan.S Brant

ONE OF THOSE DAYS
Copyright © 2009 Allan S. Brant, all rights reserved

IT'S AN EASY SUNNY AFTERNOON
TWO LAZY BONES
WITH NOTHING BETTER TO DO

I DON'T KNOW -
WHAT DO YOU SAY? IT JUST FEELS LIKE
ONE OF THOSE
ONE OF THOSE DAYS.

WHEN YOU GIVE ME THAT LITTLE HALF A SMILE
HAIR ACROSS YOUR FACE, BABY
IT DRIVES ME WILD

WE COULD JUST LEAVE ALL THE BLINDS UP
LET THE SUN COME IN ON BOTH OF US
BECAUSE IT FEELS LIKE
ONE OF THOSE DAYS

OH, THE GREEN LEAVES ARE STILL ON THE TREES
STILL, IT FROZE WAY TOO SOON FOR ME
AND I DON'T MIND WHEN THE SEASONS CHANGE
BUT WHEN IT HAPPENS TOO QUICK
IT DOESN'T FEEL THE SAME

SO LET'S JUST TAKE IT SLOW
BECAUSE IT FEELS LIKE
ONE OF THOSE DAYS
ONE OF THOSE DAYS

OH YOU KNOW IT'S JUST THE THING THAT YOU AND I NEED
OH A LITTLE ONE-ON-ONE, JUST YOU AND ME
RIGHT THERE, RIGHT THERE IN THE MID-DAY SUN

Discography

* Wide Open 2010
* Songs for the Early Morning Sun 2007
* Here's the Picture *Tacoy Ryde 2003
* Have another blue juice, mister *The Stone Merchants 2003

Set List

My set list is compiled mainly of original compositions.