Dean Brody plays engaging SOCAN Session for our staff

October 19, 2016

Award-winning country singer-songwriter and SOCAN member Dean Brody performed at a SOCAN Session for our staff on Oct.19, 2016, at SOCAN’s head office in Toronto.

The half-hour session was introduced by SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste – who welcomed CISAC members from Canada and the U.S. in attendance, during a break from their meetings at the SOCAN office. It was moderated by SOCAN A&R Director Rodney Murphy, who presented Brody as “a man of the people” and “a songwriter first.”

The much-celebrated, soft-spoken country star has earned four SOCAN Awards, 13 Canadian Country Music Association Awards, and a 2016 JUNO for Country Album of the Year. His platinum-selling single “Bring Down the House” spent eight weeks on the charts, skyrocketed to No. 1 on the CMT Countdown, and has become the top-selling digital Canadian country single of all time.

Brody previewed solo-acoustic versions of three songs from his upcoming album Beautiful Freakshow, to be released Oct. 21, 2016. He played the unabashedly romantic “Blueberry Sky,” the reggae-tinged “Beautiful Girl,” and closed with the heartbreaking ballad “Time” – about how we’re always running out of it – prompting Murphy to joke, “Nothing like making us all cry here on a Wednesday morning, Dean!”

In the question-and-answer session that followed his performance, Brody allowed that as a songwriter, he’s more of an editor, who works at his best when the spirit moves him. “I just do it when I want to,” he said. “When I stay too long on a song, I lose creativity.” He confirmed Murphy’s assertion that he’s a songwriter first, and had to grow into the performing part of his career. “I love telling stories,” said Brody. “[But] performing opens up this whole world where I get to share the music with my fans.”

Asked how SOCAN has helped his career, he said, “You guys have been a huge support to me... To have people like you look out for us is huge.” He joked that because of a recent SOCAN advance, “You’ve just helped me to complete a house that’s 40 percent over budget!” before thanking SOCAN for our help.

Stay tuned to socan.ca for some exciting video clips from the session.