Paul Brandt performed at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre tonight (Wednesday).

Paul Brandt performed at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre tonight (Wednesday).

Paul Brandt gives shout out to Abbotsford Wednesday night

Paul Brandt performed at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre Wednesday night.

  • Dec. 14, 2011 6:00 a.m.



Normally Paul Brandt has to get the crowd up on its feet during the first part of his concert, while he performs the song “Small Towns and Big Dreams.”

But those attending the singer’s show in Abbotsford Wednesday night were up dancing before the song began.

Wearing their cowboy and cowgirl hats, the men and women in the audience tapped their feet along with country star and his seven-member band.

Their participation made an impression on Brandt, who exclaimed that Abbotsford was the best Canadian city the band has hit on their current “Now” tour.

The crowd responded with a loud roar of appreciation and continued to raise their arms in swaying motion, copying the singer’s signature wave.  The set list included “My Heart Has a History,” “I’m Gonna Fly,” and “Together Again.”

A woman sitting on the floor level of the venue yelled out an “I love you,” only to receive a special message back from Brandt, who reciprocated the feeling with an “I love you too” – much to the crowd’s delight.

The production was heartfelt, with Brandt mentioning his latest non-profit endeavor – his “Build It Forward,” documentary series. The TV show chronicles the lives of seven families, at the risk of homelessness, who by building a house in a developing country, receive one as well from Brandt and his team.

Brandt also made mention of his “Priceles$ Gift of Hope Foundation” – an organization that seeks to raise awareness and funds to stop human trafficking that has now partnered with World Vision.

Dipping his black Stetson hat, the singer led into one of his last songs, saying how working on the show and the foundation inspired the lyrics.

Put simply, the song is called, “Give It Away.” Yet tonight, Brandt gave the audience a lot more.