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The way Gord Bamford lives his life transcends through his music. His songwriting ability allows him to craft songs of love, family, hanging out with the boys and then illustrate them vividly in his lyrics. He’s sincere, hard-working and it shows. He’s as comfortable playing in front of 35,000 screaming fans opening for George Strait at the Calgary Stampede as he is playing for an intimate group in Belleville, Ontario.For Gord, it’s all about remaining true to your roots–roots which are firmly entrenched in Lacombe, Alberta. Although he was born in Traralgon, Australia, he’s lived in the rural Alberta town since his parents divorced when he was four, and his mother moved the family back to Canada. His love of music started at an early age and although he spent his teenage years playing sports and entertaining a professional career in baseball, but his love of country music never waned.This independent singer/songwriter has been making country music a priority for the past 16 years. The road to releasing Day Job—Gord’s fourth studio CD—was serious business. The CD explores a time when Gord wondered if a career in music was realistic. While working a day job as a concrete truck driver, Bamford discovered the freedom to explore country music in the security of that truck cab.“In that truck, I was on my own. I loved it. My mind could go wherever it wanted and it gave birth to many of my song ideas,” Gord says. “That’s when I realized I wasn’t done with music.” Shortly thereafter Bamford won a local radio station’s talent contest in 1994, which included a professional studio recording session.
Gord continues to define his place in the Canadian Country music business. Released on April 6, 2010, Day Job is already Gord’s best-selling album to date. It was named the 2010 CCMA Album of the Year, and Gord and Nashville’s Byron Hill were named as the 2010 CCMA Producer of the Year. The video from Day Job was awarded the 2010 CCMA CMT Video of the Year. Of the 13 songs on the album, Gord wrote 11 of the tracks.
In addition to his devotion to country music, Gord is a steadfast family man, working tirelessly to find ways to give back. The Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation and Gord’s annual charity golf tournament has raised just under $500,000 in three years to support central Alberta charities. As a result of his efforts, the Canadian Country Music Association named Gord as its 2010 Humanitarian of the Year.
Family, country music and the western lifestyle make up the fabric of Gord Bamford’s life. It’s also the support of his fans, partnerships and family and friends that keep him grounded.
“Every day my wife Kendra reminds me about the important things in life and helps me find that balance,” Gord says. “She encourages me to enjoy all of the loves in my life without having to sacrifice one for the other.”
Gord takes those encouraging words with him, especially on the road. “I love looking out the window at the prairie scenery. I get lost in my thoughts. That bus takes me to places to do what I love best – perform and entertain. And then, it takes me back home again. I never see myself changing. I am country, pure country.”
You only have to read the lyrics of a Gord Bamford song to realize he’s the real deal.
More information about Gord Bamford is available at www.gordbamford.com or follow Gord on Twitter @GordBamford.
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