AND has been chosen to receive the first-ever ACM Lift Every Voice Award. This award is presented to a Country Music artist, duo/group, industry leader or affiliate/partner who plays a pivotal role in elevating underrepresented voices throughout the Country Music genre, transcending demographics and geography. The nominee for this category is proposed by the rising leaders in the Academy’s LEVel UP: Lift Every Voice professional development and enrichment program, a two-year curriculum designed to empower participants to play a pivotal role in expanding the horizons of Country Music into new audiences that transcend demographics and geography.

niel Bre
land, better known by his stage name BREL
, might seem like an unexpected Country Music breakout, but those who know him and his music understand his broad “Cross Country” appeal. Growing up in New Jersey as the son of ministers, he was exposed to gospel music at a young age. He first experienced secular music when he moved to boarding school at 14 where rap, hip-hop, and pop were predominant. Before attending college at Georgetown University, BREL
AND dove into songwriting, and his songs were obvious products of his multi-genre influence. After college, he continued to pursue music in Atlanta, teaching himself the skills and software knowledge to produce his own music. Through social media and his #Br
elandVerseChallenge, BREL
AND rose to prominence during the pandemic, and his song “M
y Tr
uck” solidified his place as a force for uniqueness and creativity in the Country landscape. In the years since, BRE
LAND has released a full-length debut project, achieved Gold and Platinum record status, was named a 2022 Amazon Breakthrough Artist, performed on the 57th ACM Awards, and collaborated with heavy hitters like Di
erks Ben
tley, S
am Hu
nt, Th
omas Rhe
tt, and Ke
ith Ur

Beyond his music, BRE
LAND is a team player in the Tennessee community. His annual BRE
LAND & Friends benefit concert supports Oasis Center, a Middle Tennessee-based comprehensive youth development agency. BRE
LAND continues to deliver messages of positivity and authenticity in all he does and is a driving force behind breaking the barriers of Country Music.