A spot has already been cleared in Chad Brownlee's Willoughby home for the mountains of new bling heaped upon the country music recording artist this past weekend.
"I have them in my music room, where I do some of my writing and recording. It's good inspiration to have in there," said the 28-yearold Langley singer and songwriter who - for the second year in a row - cleaned up at the B.C. Country Music awards night on Sunday.
He won six of the top awards, including entertainer and male vocalist of the year awards, plus album of the year for Love Me or Leave Me, single of the year for the title track of the same album, the fans choice award, and the SOCAN songwriter of the year credits for the same song - this writing accolades shared with fellow Langleyite Mitch Merrett, as well as Ben Glover.
"The song was the first single off the album and it really seemed to resonate with the country fans," Brownlee told the Langley Advance.
In light of recent accolades, the former hockey player [a Vancouver Canucks sixth-round draft pick] turned musician was asked if he ever regrets switching careers.
"Zero regrets. Hockey did make me the person and artist I am today, but I wouldn't change a single thing about my decisions. I'm truly doing what I was meant to do," he said, crediting much of his success to his supportive and devoted fans.
"A fan asked me the other day, as they were coming through the autograph line, 'Don't you get sick of doing this?', and I said without hesitation, 'We are nothing without you guys.' I meant it then, and I mean it now; the fans are the most important part of what we do. They give so much back to us, and without that, we would lose our purpose of being songwriters, entertainers, and musicians. thank you a million times."
Brownlee spent much of Sunday night on stage at the semi-private ceremony at the Coast Hotel and Convention Centre in Langley, not only accepting the majority of awards but also performing.
"I performed my current single, Listen, and it was right at the beginning of the show," he explained. "After I was done, I went back stage to put my guitar away, and they called mine and Mitch Merrett's name for songwriter of the year. I had to run on stage, since there was a pretty long pause after the announcement. Whoops!" Brownlee recounted.
The accolades kept coming throughout the show.
"It was obviously a great feeling to hear my name being called," Brownlee said.
"But I honestly wished someone else could have gone up to accept them for me, after the first couple. It's not just me behind all of these awards, there are so many people who have helped get me to this point, both personally and professionally," he said, grateful his parents, Al and Laura Brownlee, were able to travel down from Kelowna for the show.
"They have supported me in everything that I have done. I'm very fortunate to have such a great upbringing," he said, repeatedly thanking them along with his wife Katie and his managers Mitch Merrett, Mike Denney, and Carmen Choney for their backing.
Coming off the recent Boys of Fall Tour, and lots of writing, Brownlee said he's taking a break over the holidays, travelling to Minnesota to see his wife's family and to Maryland to visit with his sister and her kids, before returning home to start work on another album expected out in fall 2013.
"Winning. obviously means a lot. I have worked hard on becoming a better entertainer and will continue to do so," Brownlee said.
"But awards shouldn't change anything about you. They should remind you how lucky you are to be accepted by your peers and your fans. The second you think you deserve an award is the same time you lose site of what it's all about. It's important to keey your ego in check, cause it could some day be your demise," he shared, still admittedly in shock and humbled by the weekend's windfall.
In addition to all the industry and fan accolades given to Brownlee, fellow Langley singer and songwriter Dallas Smith won video of the year for Somebody Somewhere.
As well, Aldergrove resident Linda Corscadden was crowned country music person of the year and given the humanitarian of the year award, and Langley's Paul Caravetta - an avid BCCMA supporter, was inducted into the BCCMA hall of fame.