Brent McAthey is a seasoned performer who has spent most of his life writing and singing songs. Years of accolades and awards, travels and tribulations later, he's figured out where and what is important to him and to his career.
He spends 10 months a year in Mexico and his summers touring Western Canada The U.S.A. and Europe. He's been a headliner at the Visagino Country Music Festival in Lithuania twice.
HIS LIFE IN MEXICO
Brenster as he is now known as, has reinvented himself south of 2 borders in Mazatlan Mexico. writing and singing songs that reflect the lifestyle that he truly loves, about the sun, sand and Sea.
After 10 successful years performing there, he has become a member of a great community of north american and canadian residents whom along with season tourist and local mexican residents follow and support him on his 2 shows: BRENSTER'S BEACH BASH, and his brand new show, developed in 2012 THE BRENSTER AND CARRUM SHOW.( with his life and singing partner Tanya Carrum ,are by far the most highly and consistently attended shows of any artist in this beautiful resort town.
Located at Diegos Beach House in Sabalo Country. Every Tuesday afternoon from 2pm - 6pm. Mix the perfect location with a Tiki bar atmosphere, great food, friendly and fun staff, with a huge stage ON the beach where people dance in the sand, a backdrop of the ocean and an island , with all the RIGHT music, and you have found Brenster's Beach Bash. With between 250 and 400 people attending EVERY Tuesday, (Mid Oct - Mid May ) it has become so popular that it has won the Mazzie award for FAVORITE THING TO DO IN MAZATLAN. This weekly party has drawn the community together and has built frienships between people from all walks of life that Brenster says is his greatest accomplishment. In High season Reservations are necessary , Diegos - Local Ph. 986-1816
After a chance meeting at a concert in early 2012, Brenster and Miss Tanya Carrum became more than friends, and collaborators, and as they say "The rest is history." Their infectious admiration for one another and their individual talents is obvious both on and off the stage. Singing duets from all genres. The Brenster and Carrum show is held in a Las Vegas style Show room, with full sound and lighting production in the renowned Hotel El Cid Castilla.These two highly talented artists cover everything from pop, blues, jazz, country, and rock in both Spanish and English. After only one season performing together, they were honored with The Mazzzie Award for BEST MUSICIANS/ENTERTAINERS OF THE YEAR. Known as Mazatlans Dynamic Vocal Duo, The Brenster and Carrum Show is now recognized as one of the most popular entertainment destinations in Mazatlan, Mexico.
Brent was born in Calgary, Alberta in 1967. His family owns a 1/4 section south of Water Valley, Alberta and although Brent went to school in Calgary, it was during those weekends and summers at The Ranch that he discovered his country music roots.
His parents claim that Brent was singing before he could talk and it soon seemed that singing and writing songs was all he ever really wanted to do. After graduation from High School, Brent spent some time working at a variety of jobs until he settled at Calgary Co-op where he became the first male cashier in the Calgary Co-op system. It was during this time that Brent would spend a few months each winter in Mexico, writing songs that would later become records.
Brent released his first single in Canada and Europe in 1989 and continued with six further singles that were ultimately featured with other Brent McAthey originals on two cassettes titled On The Highway and Brent McAthey. A chance meeting at the 1990 CCMA Awards would lead Brent into a longstanding and successful partnership with Manager, Tim Auvigne. Together they have developed as Artist and Manager while successfully moving ARIAL Records to the forefront of Canadian Independent Labels with Nominations in 1998 and 1999 for Record Company of the Year by the Alberta Recording Industry Association
In 1994, ARIAL Records released Brent McAthey's first full length CD titled Waitin' For the Sun. Brent McAthey and Lonnie Ratliff produced the album and each new single climbed higher on the charts than the previous release. The title track Wait For The SUn became Brent's highest charting Canadian Single to that date and was supported by a video on CMT Canada. The video was filmed in Mazatlan, Mexico with Randall Prescott producing. Wait For THe Sun was written by Brent as a tribute to his legendary friend and mentor, Dick Damron who was featured in the video. Waitin' For THe Sun garnered numerous industry Nominations for Brent and his support team including a nod from the CCMA to Brent and his Manager, TIm Auvigne for Album Graphics of the Year. A further Nomination would come for Tim and Brent the following year for their work on the Johner Brothers ' Ten More Miles' CD.
As Brent McAthey's profile continued to grow throughout the country and around the world, a new recording project was released. Believe In Me, a multimedia project featuring both audio and video as well as a direct link to brent's web site.
The first single Chevy Blue Eyes was pre-released and became Brent's first Top 20 Canadian Chart Hit earning him his first national nomination for an RPM Big Country Award for Most Outstanding New Canadian Male Artist. Brent was voted Alberta's Male Recording Artist of the Year by the Alberta Recording Industry Association in 94/95 and 98/99 and was nominated again in 2000.
Brent was also Nominated in 2000 for Brest Country Artist, Best Producer, and 'I Don't Live Easily' was nominated for Single, Song and Video of the Year. "Hard Rockabilly Cafe" was also nominated for best song. Brent's Believe in Me Multimadia CD was nominated for Best Album and Best Album Graphics.
Brent McAthey continues to deliver a quality live performance whether solo or with his four seven piece back up band. Brent has appeared across Canada, into the United States, Europe, Mexico and the former Soviet Union.
For more than 3/4 of this life, Brent has been focused on spending his winters in the Mexican sun. He was just a boy when he first experienced Mexico - and has been nurturing his love of all things tropical ever since. He's released - his three Mexican flavoured CD projects - "I Can Go As Far As Mexico", "Blame it on Mexico" and Smooth Sailin' " - a collection of personal favorites written over the years.
Brent is now booking his Country Show, Mexican Them Parties and Songwriter Events. He continues to perform solo or with a four seven piece back up band, anywhere in the world.
For further information and bookings contact
@ 1- 403-668-4770,
For information or bookings in Mexico,
contact Rafa Tostado
TOURISM AMBASSADOR FOR THE STATE OF SINALOA MEXICO
Appointed in 2015
TOURISM AMBASSADOR FOR THE CITY OF MAZATLAN, SINALOA
Appointed in 2016
MAZZIE AWARD 2013
Mazatlan, Mexico's Best Musician of the Year
MAZZIE AWARD 2012
Mazatlan, Mexico's Best thing to do
MAZZIE AWARD 2010
Mazatlan, Mexico's Musician / Entertainer of the Year
TWO TIME WINNER and TEN TIME NOMINEE
Alberta's Male Recording Artist of the Year 1994/95 and 1998/99
FIVE TIME NOMINEE
-Best Country Artist
-Most Promising Artist on Record
-Best Single of the Year
-I Don't Love Easily, Slow Motion, Hard Rockabilly Cafe,
-What's Come Over You, Wait for the Sun
THREE TIME NOMINEE
-Song of the Year: Slow Motion, Hard Rockabilly Cafe, What's Come Over You, Wait for the Sun
-Album Graphics of the Year, Believe in Me, Wait for the Sun, Johner Brothers - Ten More Miles
RPM MAGAZINE NOMINEE
Most Outstanding New Canadian Male Artist
TWO TIME NOMINEE
-Music Video of the Year: I Don't Love Easily, Slow Motion
-Album of the Year, Believe in Me, Wait for the Sun
AND EIGHT SINGLE NOMINATIONS
-Best Selling Album, Believe in Me
-Record Producer of the Year, Believe in Me with Keith Floen
-Media Choice Artist
-Songwriter of the Year, Wait for the Sun
-Most Outstanding New Canadian Male Artist
-Best New Recording Artist
-Male Vocalist of the Year
-Entertainer of the Year