Altogether Merrett has earned two SOCAN Songwriter awards, two Canadian Country Music Awards awards as both producer and songwriter and numerous British Columbia Country Music Association awards including a pair as guitar player of the year. And the business knowledge he’s picked up along the way dealing with major labels, negotiating distribution deals, touring, writing, recording and producing could fill a textbook.
And now that he’s out marking his own course these days, Merrett is on the phone and in the air, developing the careers of two amazingly promising new country artists, marked for sure success by every biz insider and regular country fan that sees them. Chad Brownlee is a former professional hockey player who, after one too many injuries, launched a hot music career that has already seen him charting nation-wide. Meanwhile, stunning Hayley McLean is a killer guitar slinger, sings like a country Bonnie Raitt and generally snaps heads around every time she gets on a stage.