Hall of Fame Induction
Legendary Country artist Brent Williams has been inducted into the “Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame” Brent’s lengthy career has been an interesting one and has been anything but quiet. A plaque will rest at the Hank Snow museum in Liverpool, NS for fans and public to view.
Brent Williams, the youngest of eight children, grew up on a small farm in Hassetts, NS off Hwy 340 seven miles west of Weymouth. Influenced by his mother’s love of music & encouraged by his brother to begin playing guitar, Brent went on to have professional musical career like most artists from the early days endured a lot of hard knocks but also has enjoyed a great deal of success.
He was an original member of the bluegrass band “The Birch Mountain Boys” who toured the Maritime Provinces. Brent, along with singing partner Harry Cromwell, created “The Brent & Harry Show” and while on the Gaspe Coast in the ’60s joined up with the Marcel Martel Show from Drummondville, PQ. A few years later Brent moved to Toronto and began a solo career in mainstream country. Whether playing at the Matador Club in Dartmouth, on stage at Seneca College in Toronto, as a guest on: Don Messer’s Jubilee, Country Time, Make Mine Country, CJCH Jamboree, Maritime Playboys Show, or recording at RCA Studios in Nashville, Brent’s musical talent and charisma leaves his listeners in awe. During the ‘90’s, Brent’s cross-Canada tours became a regular with the biggest chain store in the world, Wal-Mart. Hosting many of his own stage shows gave him the opportunity to perform his award-winning songs, many of which were top 20 chart busters.
During his career, Brent has shared the stage with numerous well-known artists including: Stompin’ Tom, Dave Dudley, Family Brown, Oakridge Boys, Wilburn Brothers, Stoneman Family, Jean Shepard, Osborne Brothers, Prairie Oyster, Terry Carisse, Charlie Louvin, Freddie McKenna, Red Shea, Joyce Seamone, Carroll Baker, Shania Twain, Myrna Lorrie, Vic Mullen, Ned Landry, The Mercy Brothers, Ronnie Prophet and the list goes on.
Brent was one of the founding members of the Canadian Country Music Association, won the ‘Bon Soo’ Open Fiddle competition, recorded over 20 albums, received a Certificate of Merit (Condor/Marathon Music) Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences ‘76 & ‘77, and has been nominated for a CCMA award.
Brent continues to tour throughout the Maritimes and Canada, but in recent years his career has taken a turn toward more Gospel – recording and performing as part of his personal ministry. Whether your taste is for Gospel, or rich country vocals accompanied by acoustic guitar, five-string banjo, or picking bluegrass or fiddle tunes ranging from old-time to Cajun, Brent Williams does it all.