Canadian Singer/Songwriter Brett Kingswell
“Alot of people have been asking me what’s next musically. During the pandemic, I knew that whatever it was, it needed to be something important. When this project came my way, I was instantly bonded to the story and lyrics, and knew it was time to release something that really mattered, at a time when it’s really needed”.
Friends of Brett’s, a couple who had recently lost a family member to suicide, approached him with the idea for a song that they wished to co-write & release. Paula Watters had written some very personal and emotionally driven lyrics that denoted the story of her husband Frank, an O.P.P. Officer, who had found his brother, after tragically taking his own life. They reached out to Brett to combine his trademark voice, musical artistry, and passion for mental health in developing the song and story. This would serve as both a project that could be cathartic in allowing the family to deal with the untimely passing of a brother, but, more importantly, the delivery of a poignant & powerful musical message - one of hope, healing, health and help, in raising awareness around the growing issue of suicide - an all too prevalent reality in these times of social isolation & mental hardship.
Together they created Brett’s new single “The Questions Burn”, and in November 2020, recorded the track at Escarpment Sound Studios in Fergus ON, with renowned country music producer Brian Hewson (Stompin’ Tom Connors). With some of Canada’s finest musicians they formulated the emotional, cause-worthy and timely single.
Wendell Ferguson: Lead Guitar & Bass (Canadian Country Music Legend, 9 x Guitar Player of the Year)
Ed Ringwald: Slide Guitar (Gordon Lightfoot, Western Swing Authority)
Jim Boudreau: Percussion (Western Swing Authority)
Shane Guy: Cello (Western Swing Authority)
“During these times of Covid, suicide calls are on the rise. This song is needed now to start the conversation, especially when people are feeling isolated at Christmas”. - Frank Kempf, O.P.P. Officer