- Released: June 11, 1996
- Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
- 1.My Heart Has A History
- 2.Take It From Me
- 3.I Do
- 4.12 Step Recovery
- 5.I Meant To Do That
- 6.One And Only One
- 7.All Over Me
- 8.Calm Before The Storm
- 9.On The Inside
- 10.Pass Me By (If You're Only Passing Through)
Personnel includes: Paul Brandt (vocals); Carl Marsh (string arranger); Biff Watson, Mark Casstevens (acoustic guitar); Brent Mason, Jeff King, Josh Leo (electric guitar); Sonny Garrish, Gary Morse (steel guitar); Rob Hajacos, Jonathan Yudkin (fiddle); Steve Nathan, Bill Cuomo, John Hobbs (keyboards); Duncan Mullins, Glenn Worf (bass); Lonnie Wilson, Chad Cromwell (drums); Harry Stinson, Woody Wright (background vocals).
Recorded at Emerald Studios, Nashville, Tennessee.
Canadian cowboy Paul Brandt is a young man with a big voice. On his debut album, Brandt, who grew up in ranch country in Calgary, showcases a deep, rich baritone that bespeaks a depth of experience far beyond his 23 years. His subtle, affecting delivery of the album's opening cut, "My Heart Has A History," is reminiscent of Nashville monarch Randy Travis.
While Brandt keeps one foot firmly planted in country tradition, his music has a modern edge. "12 Step Recovery" is a bouncy, upbeat number with a witty, ironic lyric. He also has a way with a ballad, as he shows on "I Meant To Do That" and "On The Inside," with their full orchestration and contemplative mood. Brandt's voice is never better served than when he lets it linger over the lyrics of slow, tender compositions like those.
Personnel: Paul Brandt (vocals); Mark Casstevens, Biff Watson (acoustic guitar); Jeff King , Josh Leo, Brent Mason (electric guitar); Gary Morse, Sonny Garrish (steel guitar); Rob Hajacos, Jonathan Yudkin (fiddle); John Hobbs, Bill Cuomo, Steve Nathan (keyboards); Lonnie Wilson, Chad Cromwell (drums); Harry Stinson, Woody Wright (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Steve Marcantonio.
Recording information: Emerald Studios, Nashville, TN.
Unknown Contributor Role: Paige Levy.
Paul Brandt's debut Calm Before the Storm introduces a neo-traditionalist singer/songwriter of considerable potential, with an ability to skillfully bridge vintage honky tonk with a contemporary country sound; along with the chart-topping "I Do," the album also includes the much-acclaimed "My Heart Has a History," Brandt's first Top Five hit. ~ Jason Ankeny