Gord Bamford

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Gord Bamford
Born (1976-04-17) April 17, 1976 (age 46)
Traralgon, Victoria, Australia
OriginLacombe, Alberta, Canada
GenresCountry
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Instrument(s)guitar, vocals
Years active1995–present
LabelsCache, Anthem, Royalty, Sony Music Canada, ABC Music
Websitewww.gordbamford.com

Gord Bamford (born April 17, 1976) is an Australian-Canadian country music singer.[1] He has released ten studio albums. Alberta-raised Bamford stands as one of the most decorated artists in Canadian country music with 26 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) awards, along with multiple JUNO nominations. Additionally, Bamford is one of two multi-time winners of Nashville's Country Music Association (CMA) Global Country Artist of the Year award, along with The Shires.

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 he 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, co-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, co-produced by Nashville producer Byron Hill, 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?, co-produced by Nashville producer Byron Hill, 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".

2013–2017: Country Junkie, Tin Roof[edit]

Bamford's sixth album, Country Junkie, co-produced by Nashville producer Byron Hill, was released in October 2013. The album earned Bamford's first No. 1 single "When Your Lips Are So Close" (2013), a CRIA Gold Digital Single certification for "When Your Lips Are So Close" (2013), CCMA Single of the Year for "When Your Lips Are So Close" (2014), a Top-10 Country single ‘Unreal’ (2014), a Top-10 Country single ‘Where A Farm Used To Be’ (2014), a JUNO nomination for Country Album of the Year (2014), a fourth chart single "Groovin With You" (2015), CCMA Single of the Year for "Where A Farm Used To Be" (2015), and CCMA Song of the Year for "Where A Farm Used To Be" (2015).

2018–present: Neon Smoke and Diamonds in a Whiskey Glass[edit]

In January 2018, Bamford released his eighth studio album Neon Smoke. It includes his second #1 Canada Country hit "Dive Bar",[6] as well as collaborations with Jim Cuddy and Tracy Lawrence.[7] He also performed at Casino Nova Scotia with Aaron Goodvin and Clay Walker.[8]

In June 2021, Bamford released his ninth studio album Diamonds in a Whiskey Glass on Anthem Records and Cache Entertainment. It includes the singles "Diamonds in a Whiskey Glass" and "Heaven on Dirt".[9] In November 2021, Bamford released the new single "Drink Along Song".[10]

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 2006 and on July 31, 2009, they welcomed another daughter, Memphis Quinn.

Discography[edit]

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
Canadian Country Music Association Fans' Choice Award Nominated
Male Artist of the Year Won
Single of the Year – "When Your Lips Are So Close" Won
Songwriter of the Year – "When Your Lips Are So Close" Nominated
2015 Fans' Choice Award Nominated
Male Artist of the Year Won
Single of the Year – "Where a Farm Used to Be" Won
Songwriter of the Year – "Where a Farm Used to Be" Won
Video of the Year – "Where a Farm Used to Be" Nominated
2016 Album of the Year – Tin Roof Won
Male Artist of the Year Nominated
Single of the Year – "Don't Let Her Be Gone" Nominated
Songwriter of the Year (with Wade Kirby, Phil O’Donnell) – "Heard You in a Song" Nominated
2017 Juno Awards Country Album of the Year – Tin Roof Nominated
Canadian Country Music Association Fans'Choice Award Nominated
Male Artist of the Year Nominated
2019 Canadian Country Music Association Fans' Choice Award Nominated
Single of the Year – "Dive Bar" Nominated
Songwriter of the Year (with Bart Butler, Brice Long) – "Down" Nominated
2021 Western Canadian Music Awards Country Artist of the Year Pending
2022 Canadian Country Music Association Album of the Year - Diamonds in a Whiskey Glass Nominated[11][12]
Video of the Year - "Heaven on Dirt" Nominated[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Gord Bamford: About Gord". Archived from the original on October 12, 2004. Retrieved August 17, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e Country Music News Canadian country Music Artists CD's CDs CD Nashville report
  3. ^ Gord Bamford a smalltown storyteller
  4. ^ "Gord Bamford: News and Tour Dates". Archived from the original on August 10, 2007. Retrieved August 28, 2007.
  5. ^ a b c Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts and the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame (Festival Performance Hall – Events Calendar)
  6. ^ Dagg, Nanci (September 19, 2018). "Gord Bamford accomplishes what many hope to do with two #1 hits now under his belt and a #1 hit in Australia". Canadian Beats Media.
  7. ^ "Gord Bamford's New Album: Neon Smoke". Front Porch Music. January 7, 2018.
  8. ^ "The best Nova Scotia concerts of 2018". Chronicle Herald, Stephen Cooke, December 20, 2018
  9. ^ Nicolson, Deb (May 26, 2021). "Award-Winning Country Star Gord Bamford". Patch.
  10. ^ Arbour, Mallory (November 18, 2021). "Drink Along Song by Gord Bamford and The Wolfe Brothers – Song of the Day". Countrytown.
  11. ^ "2022 CCMA AWARD NOMINEES". Canadian Country Music Association. Archived from the original on September 12, 2022. Retrieved September 12, 2022.
  12. ^ "TENILLE TOWNES TAKES HOME FOUR WINS AT THE 2022 CCMA AWARDS PRESENTED BY TD". Canadian Country Music Association. Global News Wire. September 11, 2022. Archived from the original on September 12, 2022.
  13. ^ "CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION REVEALS FIRST ROUND OF 2022 AWARD WINNERS AT THE CCMA MUSIC INDUSTRY GALA DINNER & AWARDS". Canadian Country Music Association. Global News Wire. September 12, 2022. Archived from the original on September 12, 2022. Retrieved September 12, 2022.

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