The remote hometown and the unique upbringing seem a magic combination for the music coming from High Valley in 2015. These two young men are making what the music industry in Nashville has called “singular,” “seminal,” and “a perfect mix of radio, revision, and respect.” Brad and Curtis Rempel like to call it “popgrass.” Growing up on a 1,400-acre farm in the far-northern reaches of Alberta, with music, farming and family as the basis of their entertainment, their musical language was formed at a very young age. When they started out, the Rempel brothers booked as many gigs as they could, playing cover songs to audience near and far. During these formative years, High Valley became a buzz-worthy act in Canada’s outlying areas.
“We made music, we played hockey, we worked on the farm, and we never spent our lives thinking about how much we needed or wanted to be somewhere else,” Brad recalls. “Our parents took us outside, and we had a blast being creative and making our own entertainment. I think it was very beneficial for us to have been raised out there.”
The band held their first recording session in Nashville in 2001 and subsequently spent a lot of time on the road. After signing to Eaglemont Entertainment in 2007 and enlisting country music legend Paul Brandt to produce their self-titled Canadian label debut, High Valley started to gain traction across North America.
Throughout their music career, High Valley has earned many accolades including 10 GMA Canada Covenant Awards, multiple CCMA Award and JUNO Award nominations and the 2013 CCMA Award for Interactive Artist of the Year. They’ve opened up for several major acts including Opry members Little Big Town and Alan Jackson as well as Shania Twain.
"We still can't believe we got to record 'Make You Mine' with our musical hero and friend Ricky Skaggs! Now we get to crank it up on the Opry stage! Unbelievable!"