Lifetime Achievement Award
ANSMA Award of Excellence:
Renowned for being one of Canada’s pioneer’s in country music this charming and versatile entertainer from Nova Scotia remains dedicated to traveling and sharing his music with people from Coast to Coast.
September 13, 2013 history was made when country artist Brent Williams was inducted into the “Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame” in Truro, NS. A plaque in his honour now rests at the Hank Snow Museum in Liverpool, NS for his fans and friends to view his accomplishments. Also, on March 7th., 2015 he received a “Life Tine Achievement” award from the “African Nova Scotian Music Association” (ANSMA). With a career that has spanned over five decades, Brent, the youngest of eight children was actually born on a small farm in Hassetts, NS. He was influenced to play music at a very young age by his mother’s love for a variety of music but mainly country. His brother Robert, taught him a few cords on the guitar and helped him learn a fiddle tune hind of set the stage for a lengthy career in music.
He was an original member of the Bluegrass Band” The Birch Mountain Boys” who toured the Maritime Provinces during the latter 50’s. Brent Williams, along with singing partner Harry Cromwell, created “The Brent & Harry Show” and while on tour on the Gaspe Coast in 1963 joined up with the The Marcel Martel Show from Drummondville, Quebec. A few years later Brent broke away from the group and moved to Toronto to start a solo career in mainstream country. Whether playing at the Matador Club in Dartmouth, NS on stage at Seneca College in Toronto, appearing several times with the ever popular “Don Messer’s Jubilee” on CBC TV, to Country-time CBC TV, “make Mine Country CKVR Barrie, Ontario, CJCH’s Jamboree and The Maritime Playboys” show, while also recording in RCA Victor Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.
Continuing to tour in the 1990’s and hosting many of his 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 Connors, Dave Dudley, Family Brown, Oakridge Boys, Wilburn Brothers, Prairie Oyster, Stoneman Family, Osborne Brothers, Terry Carisse, Charlie Louvin, Freddie McKenna, Red Shea, Joyce Seamone, Carroll Baker, Shania Twain, Myrna Lorrie, his mentor and teacher, 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 Championship, recorded over 20 albums and counting, received a Certificate of Merit (Condor/Marathon Music) Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences ’76 & ’77, and has been nominated for a CCMA Award (Canadian Country Music Association)
Brent Continues to tour throughout the Maritimes and Canada. In the past 10 years his career has taken a turn towards Gospel music part of which he will use to grow his ministry to serve the Lord.