“Without risk there’s no reward,” says Dean Brody. “It’s important to be fearless…to be persistent. You can’t give up." That’s one thing the Jaffray, BC born singer/songwriter has proven. Trail In Life, the follow up to his 2009 self-titled debut and first on Open Road Recordings, dwells on the good times, but his pursuit of a career has been a struggle. “Each leap of faith has been about music”. He moved to Tennessee in 2004 after landing a 2-year deal with a Nashville based music publisher. When the contract ran out, he headed home to Canada, thinking his dreams were over. Instead, Nashville-based producer Matt Rovey offered him a deal with Broken Bow Records. Brody headed back to Nashville for a second attempt at music. His lead single, ‘Brothers’, made an impact in both US and Canada radio, made the coveted US top 30, and had significant impact for the official ‘certificate of appreciation’ from the US Army. It hit the top 10 in Canada, garnering multiple CCMA nominations in 2009, and taking home Single of the Year. But when Brody made the decision to leave Broken Bow in 2009, he found himself without a record deal and unable to legally remain in the US. Brody and his family relocated to the Nova Scotia where Brody finished his second record, landing a deal with Open Road Recordings. Brody’s roots are loud and clear on Trail In Life. The ones he first put down in rural BC and the ones he tried to grow in Nashville. Recorded at the Castle Studios and Soundstage Studios in Nashville, Trail In Life includes Nashville A-listers as well as members of Brody’s touring band, channeling some of Brody’s country influences like Dwight Yoakam and Alan Jackson. Trail In Life is a record his listeners can find a certain amount of vindication in them selves – songs that linger on the moments between victories and defeats, focusing on struggles and triumphs and celebrating them for what they are; the raw materials that the best parts of life are made of.