With an amazing musical journey spanning 4 decades – Brent has played it all, classical, rock, jazz, country, and world styles. He is a highly sought after live and session player performing on hundreds of projects over the years. Always though, there has been a creative necessity Brent has been writing and recording his own compositions along this journey.
Classically trained, Brent started playing in rock bands at 14 years old, doing tours with groups such as Kiss and playing with legends like Percy Sledge. Musical theatre allowed Brent to perform along side Irene Cara, Ronnie Spector and Florence Larue (5th Dimension). In the country market he performed with Ray Griff, Chris Cummings and others.
After writing and recording lyrical music for many years, Brent was asked to write and record 3 pieces for a compilation instrumental album in 1995 which included Oscar Lopez and Jack Semple. This led to his solo instrumental career which has included 3 albums: ‘Music for Trees’ (2004), ‘I Love Guitar’ (2006) and ‘Ear Candy’ (2008). The ‘I Love Guitar’ album was nominated for Instrumental Album of the Year at the 2007 Western Canadian Music Awards.
A European connection with an annual arts festival called ‘Christian Artists Europe’ has allowed Brent to perform overseas every year since 2005. He has taught workshops in guitar techniques and composition in Europe to people from all 4 corners of the world as well as performed with artists from every continent.
In 2007 and 2008, Brent journeyed to the Eastern Caribbean as part of the Franciscan and Friends Music Mission. For 3 weeks, he played concerts and performed in schools, rehab centres, hospices, etc. with artists from Canada, The United States and the Caribbean. Brent will take this journey again in 2010.
2010 sees ‘Ear Candy’ receiving an international ‘thumbs up’ with airplay in Brazil, Europe, Australia, U.S., Caribbean and Canada. Brent is part of a group called ‘The Earth Kings’ www.theearthkings.com – a debut album will be done this year. A fourth and as yet untitled solo album with also be finished in 2010.
Also an educator, Brent started Sak’s Music Alberta Ltd. – www.saksmusic.com – a company that store fronts a retail music entity and music school with a 500 student enrolment. His history in the music education business for almost 3 decades has given Brent a strong community connection.
And a master on guitar, he is principal guitarist for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra