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Canadian artist Randy Briand was a “Base Brat” born into a military family in the small rural community of Petawawa, Ontario.  It was here at age nine, that an observant elementary music teacher recognized Randy’s uncanny musical talents and allowed him to experience his first of many successes, in a local music contest.  The rest of Randy’s music career and biography merely complements an already predictable path of artistic growth, and tenacity hoping that one day, people of the world will hear his musical story.

Having a father who was a professional musician in the Canadian Armed Forces (Pipe Major Hugh Briand) transposing fiddle tunes for his popular Uncle (Elmer Briand), a well known recording artist from Cape Breton who worked with icons such as Don Messer, Scottie Fitzgerald and Buddy McMaster, Randy’s exposure to performance was introduced at an early age, and unsurprisingly had diffused into him his artistic veins.

While watching and listening to his talented family, Randy experimented with a number of instruments, started writing songs and stories of his own, and continued to perfect his role as class clown.  Both the military life, and a keen interest in the arts brought Randy to a number of post secondary institutions in both the eastern and western regions of Canada which allowed him to exercise his talents with both theatrical and writing degrees.  With a suitcase filled with professional theatrical and musical experiences, and the “papers” to prove it, Randy was looking at the possibility of pursuing an acting career, but found himself longing for what the world defines as a “normal” way of living.

Like any real “poet”, as defined by E.E. Cummings, Randy returned to his native Petawawa where he met singer/songwriter Luc Cuerrier, and “felt” his true poetic role in the world.  A gratuitous act of good will exposed a perfectly compatible harmonic match that eventually led to the formation of a pop/rock band called Strait Shooters.  In their ten years with Strait Shooters, they completed three separate independent CD demos with their last entitled, “Strait to the Heart”.  Highlights for the band included live performances in Toronto at Ontario Place and the Mel Lastman Square, Montreal, and Westport.  The band also performed on the popular breakfast show in Ottawa, called Breakfast at the New RO.

In “true north” form, the “dynamic duo” of the new millennium recently changed their band name to Nothing Sacred, so as to best reflect their evolution, vision and hopes for longevity.  What better way to do this than to “preserve and protect” some of the pop/rock sounds of the past, and combine them with a new prolific flair for an anxious audience in a world where Nothing is Sacred anymore.