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Chad Brownlee talks ‘When The Lights Go Down’ tour and ice hockey (Includes interview)

His “When The Lights Go Down” tour kicks off on March 4 at the Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside, Prince Edward Island. “You can expect a different show. I put a lot of time into the set-list and creating moments. It is something different that the fans have not seen yet. This is my first headlining tour, so I really wanted to come out with a bang,” he said.

Joining him on this tour is reigning Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) “Female Artist of the Year” Jess Moskaluke and Canadian country singer Bobby Wills. “It is unbelievable to have both artists on there. They are incredible talents and they are both having such great careers. It is going to be a pleasure traveling across the country with them,” he said.

“When The Lights Go Down” is his latest radio single from his third studio album, The Fighters. “We filmed that video down in Los Angeles and I thought it turned out great. It is one of my favorite songs on the record. I wrote that with a couple of friends of mine, and it is a straight up sexy love song,” he said. “I hold the title track ‘The Fighters’ really close to my heart. It talks about everyday fighters and it is very personal to me.”

Aside from his musical career, Brownlee was a former ice hockey defence-man, who participated in the sport from 2003 to 2009. “That was a past dream. Growing up, a lot of Canadian kids want to play in the NHL. I was drafted in 2003, but injuries pushed me out of the game and made me lose the love. It is still a part of me and I still play for fun. I always have that hockey player side of me. I wouldn’t be the artist I am today without all those years in hockey,” he said. “Being a defence-man was hard on my body, that’s for sure. Music has definitely not given me as many concussions as hockey did.”

When asked what motivates him from day to day, he responded, “I just love what I do, and I feel so fortunate that I get to wake up and do this every morning for a living. At the end of the day, it is the testimonies from the fans and that really is the nucleus of why do it. That keeps me going in wanting to write and perform more music.”

Regarding his future plans, he said, “We are looking to get into the studio shortly after the road. We want to write some more music, and keep progressing and building a fan-base, and bring the fans good music. That’s first and foremost. That’s the long-term goal.”

Brownlee listed Miranda Lambert and Jess Moskaluke as his dream female duet choices. He complimented Canadian Country Music Hall of Famer Michelle Wright. “Michelle is such a sweetheart. I love Michelle. She can sing. She has made a great career in Canada. That would be an honor to sing a duet with her,” he said.

To learn more about Brownlee’s “When The Lights Go Down” tour, check out its official website.

For more information on Canadian country singer Chad Brownlee, visit his official homepage.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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