Gil Grand and Jake Mathews are well known names in Canadian Country Music. Both have had great individual career success as artists and songwriters, earning them a number of Canadian Country Music Association Awards nominations. The brothers from Sudbury, ON, who now live in Nashville (Grand) and Calgary (Mathews), return home as often as possible to visit family and are often found giving back to the community that rasied them, participating in charity events and making special appearances.
Grand broke onto the Country Music scene in 1998 with his hit, “Famous First Words”, reaching Top 10 on Canadian Country Radio and setting the stage for several successful singles to follow including “Cry A Little”, “Run”, “Baby Knows A Lot About Leavin'” and a cover of the classic Burton Cummings tune, “Break It To Them Gently”. Over the years, he found his passion in the production end of the business continuing as a songwriter and becoming a producer and publisher; yet, never fully giving up his love of performing. He has worked with artists from both sides of the boarder and is always keeping his eyes open to help up-and-coming Canadian acts.
Mathews, hit the charts in 2001, with “Do You One Better”, co-written with brother Gil and Byron Hill, that set him on his musical path. Four solo albums later and a string of singles spanning 16 years, including “I’m Gone”, “Arizona On My Mind”, “If I Had It My Way”, “Beer Necessities” and more, he continues to write and record with many of the industry’s top professionals.
New Year’s Eve, 2017, the brothers came together to perform a hometown show for the Warren & District Lion’s Club at the St. Charles Community Centre, which was a fantastic evening, which also including opening act Missy Dawn Duo. We caught up with the brothers at a special appearance at the Sudbury location of Long & McQuaid for this interview and a few acoustic tunes.