Gord Bamford dominated the 2013 Canadian Country Music Awards in Edmonton taking home five awards from his seven nominations.
He credits his success to those who have made him the singer he is today: his family, friends and his passion for country music.
Bamford won CCMA Awards in the following categories: Album of the Year, Single of the Year, CMT Video of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Record Producer(s) of the Year.
Bamford is a previous 11-time CCMA winner.
“I try to stay true to the country style I love by writing simple songs with a melodic style that my fans can relate to,” he said. “The songs you write from personal experience are often the ones that speak the most to fans, as they evoke those familiar emotions we all have gone through,” said Bamford, referring to the CCMA Single of the Year Award for Leaning on a Lonesome Song.
Bamford wrote the track with Nashville writers Buddy Owens and Ray Stephenson, after learning of his brother-in-law’s suicide.
As Edmonton geared up for the show at the Canadian Country Music Association’s Country Music Week, Bamford also took time to help out at the Stollery Children’s Hospital.
Bamford has donated $10,000 from his Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation to the Stollery’s Music Therapy Program.
Without continuous funding, the program is in jeopardy of discontinuing, said Dianne Tuterra, child life team leader at the Stollery.
The Music Therapy Program began in November of 2011.
“It’s important to give back and I make kids a priority,” said Bamford, who recently generated $355,000 at his annual Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic held in August.
“When music can take a child’s pain away, even for just a brief moment, that is truly a powerful gift.”
Music therapy referrals can also happen by parent request, nursing and by initiation of the music therapist.
Music therapy sessions can be done individually at the child’s bedside, some are in small groups in children’s rooms or in a common area in the unit and a once per week group session is held on the ‘Beach’, the largest playroom in the hospital.