Press ReleaseFor Immediate Release September 4, 2015
Contact: Elaine Schock or Meredith LouieSHOCK INK 818-932-0001Even as American audiences warm to a new face on the country music scene, established Canadian superstar Gord Bamford continues to dominate in his native land. The reigning Male Artist of the Year also leads 2015 Canadian Country Music Association Awards nods. The show airs September 13 on CBC-TV and will be re-broadcast on CMT Canada.
Bamford is nominated for the Fans’ Choice; Male Artist of the Year; Single, Songwriter and Video of the Year (“Where A Farm Used To Be”); and Producer of the Year (“The Boom Chucka Boys Ramble”). In fact, Bamford and his organization have 13 nominations across the CCMA’s 34 categories. Voting for Fans’ Choice is open now.
Meanwhile, Gord continues his rapid rise in the U.S., with debut single “When Your Lips Are So Close” now available at all digital music
outlets. The song’s radio campaign is now underway in the States, aiming at duplicating its north-of-the-border success as a gold-certified No. 1 hit.
As the single generates airplay, Bamford’s U.S. launch includes opening for Reba in Bangor, Maine last week and for Josh Turner in Great Falls, MT on September 2. National outlets are also taking notice, with Country Weekly recently proclaiming “the timing for Gord is about right” to make his run at American audiences.
Deeply committed to giving back, Bamford set a new record fundraising of more than $508,000 at the 8th Annual Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic in Alberta, Canada, August 12 and 13, 2015. Contributing to that total was a single live auction item that went for a generous $45,000 at the events’ Gala. The item was a vacation to one of Luxus Development’s luxury properties in Tuscany, Italy called Podere Panico. The Gala took place at the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer, near Bamford’s hometown of Lacombe where he opened the night with heartfelt remarks and a welcome address expressing his overwhelming gratitude for the support.
Artists Beverley Mahood, Jess Moskaluke, and Gord himself took the stage and entertained the 800 people attending the sold-out private event. Bamford surprised guests by introducing the legendary Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives and fabulous doesn’t begin to describe the performance delivered by the Grand Ole Opry member.
The Edmonton Sun reported: “These funds will support numerous kid-focused charities like MusiCounts, a creative organization that supplies instruments and funds music programs in Canadian schools. As Bamford says, ‘It’s a shame that music programs are often the first to be cut in our schools. Music is important. Not every school kid wants a hockey stick.'”
Bamford also noted at the event, “Central Alberta is a spectacular place to bring together a group of supporters to really celebrate the work that these great charities do. The organizations we support change the lives of people in their communities, and for that reason, we’ll continue to build on the success of the event so the Gord Bamford Foundation can continue to give. I’m absolutely honoured and grateful to everyone involved.”
Monies from this event are the main source of fundraising for The Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation and are delivered to a variety of youth-centered charities from children’s hospitals across Canada, to KidSport Alberta and Ronald McDonald Charities Central Alberta, to this years featured charity MusiCounts.