Gord Bamford

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Gord Bamford
Born (1976-04-17) April 17, 1976 (age 38)
Traralgon, Victoria, Australia
Origin Lacombe, Alberta, Canada
Genres Country
Occupations Singer
Instruments guitar, vocals
Years active 1995–present
Labels Royalty Records, Sony Music Canada
Website www.gordbamford.com

Gord Bamford (born April 17, 1976) is a Canadian country music singer.[1] He has released five studio albums. Nine of his songs have charted on the Canadian Hot 100 chart, which began publication in 2007.

Biography[edit]

Early years[edit]

Bamford was born in Traralgon, Victoria, Australia. When Bamford was five years old, he moved with his mother, Marilyn, from Australia to Lacombe, Alberta, Canada after his parents' divorce.[2] A singer who toured with an Australian country band, Bamford's mother encouraged him to pursue a career in music.[2] In 1995, Bamford entered and won the Nornet Radio Network's "Search for the Stars."[1] With Rob Bartlett from Sundae Sound producing, Bamford went to Calgary to record his debut single, "Forever Starts Today," written by Dean McTaggart.[1][2] The song received a positive response from Canadian country radio the following year.

2000-2002: God's Green Earth and hiatus[edit]

In January 2001, Bamford released his debut album, God's Green Earth, on his own GWB Records. The album was produced by Bart McKay at Sound Edge Productions in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.[2] Bamford wrote two songs on the album.[1] Five songs were released from the project - "God's Green Earth," "24 x 24," "Where a Cowboy Likes to Roam," "Man of the House" and "Classic Country Song." The album didn't do as well as Bamford had expected and left the business discouraged.[3]

2003-2006: Life Is Good and nominations[edit]

In 2003, Bamford began spending time in Nashville, Tennessee writing with Steve Fox, Tim Taylor, and Byron Hill, who went on to co-produce his second album.[1] The album, Life Is Good, was released on October 19, 2004.[4] Bamford wrote or co-wrote 10 of the 11 songs on the project.[2] Six singles were released from the album, including the top 20 singles "Heroes," "My Heart's a Genius," "All About Her," "Life Is Good" and "I Would for You." A music video was shot for "All About Her," and reached No. 8 on CMT Canada's Chevy Top 20.

Over the next few years, Bamford opened shows for Tim McGraw, Kenny Rogers, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Don Williams and Terri Clark.[1] In both 2005 and 2006, he was nominated at the Canadian Country Music Awards for Independent Male Vocalist of the Year, Independent Song of the Year, and the Chevy Trucks Rising Star Award.[5] On June 4, 2007, Bamford was one of only two Canadian artists invited to perform at the Global Artist Party at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville.[5]

2007-2009: Honkytonks and Heartaches[edit]

Bamford's third album, Honkytonks and Heartaches, produced by Nashville producer Byron Hill, was released on September 25, 2007.[5] The first single, "Blame It On That Red Dress," was Gord's first top 10 hit on the Canadian country singles chart and the music video, directed by award-winning director Stephano Barberis, reached No. 1 on CMT Canada's Chevy Top 20 for one week.

2010-2011: Day Job[edit]

Gord Bamford's fourth album, Day Job, was released in April 2010. Four singles were released from the album: "Day Job", "Put Some Alcohol On It", "My Daughter's Father" and "Hank Williams Lonesome".

2012-2013: Is It Friday Yet?[edit]

Bamford's fifth album, Is It Friday Yet?, was released in March 2012. Five singles were released from the album: "Is It Friday Yet?", "Leaning on a Lonesome Song", "Disappearing Tail Lights", "Farm Girl Strong" and "Must Be a Woman".

2013-present: Country Junkie[edit]

Bamford's sixth album, Country Junkie, was released in October 2013. His first Christmas album, Christmas in Canada, was released in November 2013.

Personal life[edit]

On August 30, 2004, Gord and his wife Kendra welcomed a boy, Nash David weighing in at 6 pounds, 7 ounces. They had a daughter, Paisley in 2007 and on August 3, 2009, they welcomed another daughter, Memphis Quinn.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
CAN
[6]
God's Green Earth
Life Is Good
  • Release date: October 19, 2004
  • Label: GWB/Royalty Records
Honkytonks and Heartaches
  • Release date: September 25, 2007
  • Label: Royalty Records
Day Job
  • Release date: April 6, 2010
  • Label: Royalty Records
Is It Friday Yet?
Country Junkie
  • Release date: October 8, 2013
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
11
Christmas in Canada
  • Release date: November 5, 2013
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

1990s–2000s[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
CAN
[8]
1996 "Forever Starts Today" single only
2001 "24 x 24" God's Green Earth
"Where a Cowboy Likes to Roam"
"God's Green Earth"
2002 "Man of the House"
"Classic Country Song"
2004 "Heroes" Life Is Good
"My Heart's a Genius"
2005 "All About Her"
"Life Is Good"
2006 "I Would for You"
"We're All Cowboys"
2007 "Blame It On That Red Dress" 66 Honkytonks and Heartaches
2008 "Stayed 'Til Two" 78
"Postcard from Pasadena" 78
2009 "Little Guy" 78
"Drinkin' Buddy" 83
"Hurtin' Me Back" 100
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

2010s[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Certifications
(sales threshold)
Album
CAN Country
[9]
CAN
[8]
2010 "Day Job" Day Job
"Put Some Alcohol On It" 87
"My Daughter's Father" 94
2011 "Hank Williams Lonesome"
2012 "Is It Friday Yet?" 86 Is It Friday Yet?
"Leaning on a Lonesome Song" 79
"Disappearing Tail Lights"
2013 "Farm Girl Strong" 11 91
"Must Be a Woman" 19
"When Your Lips Are So Close" 1 42 Country Junkie
2014 "Unreal" 10 77
"Where a Farm Used to Be"A 14
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
  • ACurrent single.

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Album
2010 "The Night Ain't Over Yet" Chad Klinger The Man I Am Inside
2011 "Chicken & Biscuits" Colt Ford Non-album songs
2013 "Back"

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2004 "My Heart's a Genius" Colin Cunningham
2005 "All About Her" Joel Stewart
2007 "Blame It On That Red Dress" Stephano Barberis
2008 "Stayed 'Til Two"
"Postcard from Pasadena"
2009 "Little Guy"
"Baseball Glove"
2010 "Day Job"
"Put Some Alcohol On It" Stephano Barberis
"My Daughters Father" John Kerr
2011 "Hank Williams Lonesome"
2012 "Is It Friday Yet?" Stephano Barberis
"Leaning on a Lonesome Song"
"Disappearing Tail Lights"
2013 "Farm Girl Strong"
"When Your Lips Are So Close" Stephano Barberis
2014 "Unreal"
"Where a Farm Used to Be"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Result
2005 Canadian Country Music Association Chevy Trucks Rising Star Award Nominated
Independent Male Artist of the Year Nominated
Independent Song of the Year – "Heroes" Nominated
2006 Chevy Trucks Rising Star Award Nominated
Independent Male Artist of the Year Nominated
Independent Single of the Year – "All About Her" Nominated
2007 Independent Male Artist of the Year Nominated
2008 Juno Awards of 2008 Country Recording of the YearHonkytonks and Heartaches Nominated
Canadian Country Music Association Top New Talent of the Year – Male Won
Top New Talent of the Year Nominated
Single of the Year – "Blame It on That Red Dress" Nominated
Songwriter of the Year – "Blame It on That Red Dress" Nominated
CMT Video of the Year – "Blame It on That Red Dress" Nominated
2009 Male Artist of the Year Nominated
Single of the Year – "Little Guy" Nominated
Songwriter of the Year – "Little Guy" Nominated
CMT Video of the Year – "Little Guy" Nominated
2010 Fans' Choice Award Nominated
Male Artist of the Year Won
Album of the Year – Day Job Won
Single of the Year – "Day Job" Nominated
Songwriter of the Year – "Day Job" Nominated
CMT Video of the Year – "Day Job" Won
2011 Juno Awards of 2011 Country Album of the Year – Day Job Nominated
Canadian Country Music Association Male Artist of the Year Nominated
Single of the Year – "My Daughter's Father" Nominated
Songwriter of the Year – "Put Some Alcohol on It" Nominated
CMT Video of the Year – "My Daughter's Father" Nominated
2012 Fans' Choice Award Nominated
Male Artist of the Year Nominated
Single of the Year – "Is It Friday Yet?" Nominated
Songwriter of the Year – "Is It Friday Yet?" Won
Interactive Artist of the Year Won
2013 Fans' Choice Award Nominated
Male Artist of the Year Nominated
Album of the Year – Is It Friday Yet? Won
Single of the Year – "Leaning on a Lonesome Song" Won
Songwriter of the Year – "Leaning on a Lonesome Song" Won
CMT Video of the Year – "Leaning on a Lonesome Song" Won
2014 Juno Awards of 2014 Country Album of the Year – Country Junkie Nominated

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