Kelowna-born Chad Brownlee is an award-winning country singer, songwriter, philanthropist, and former NHL draft pick — and he's only 30.
He's also one proud B.C. boy.
Brownlee was drafted to the Vancouver Canucks as a defenceman in 2003. But plagued by injury, he left his hockey dreams behind to pursue music. And he hasn't looked back.
The singer has released three albums and was nominated for a Juno for country album of the year in 2013. He was named the Canadian Country Music Association's rising star in 2011.
Brownlee strives to give back too. During his current "When The Lights Go Down" tour, Brownlee has been playing a unique guitar made out of 22 Sher-Wood hockey sticks. When the tour is over, he'll auction if off and donate proceeds to the Tim Horton Children's Foundation — which sends underprivileged children to camps across the country.
Brownlee, who lives in Langley, took some time out off stage to answer HuffPost's "My B.C." questions. Here's what he had to say about his home province: