Gord Bamford Honored With CMA Global Country Artist Award
Gord Bamford is officially an international superstar. The Canadian recently took home three Canadian Country Music Awards, including being named the Country Music Association’s Global Artist of the Year.
“As a Canadian country music artist, it’s an incredible honor to receive the CMA’s Global Country Artist Award,” he says. “To receive this recognition from [the] CMA, the Nashville music community and the CMA international membership is something every artist dreams of, and I’d have to tell you honestly, I’m feeling an overwhelming sense of humble accomplishment not just for myself, but for all those who play my music, come to my shows and work behind the scenes.”
The 38-year-old also won the awards for Male Vocalist of the Year and Single of the Year, the latter for his No. 1 hit, ‘When Your Lips Are So Close.’
“It never gets old to win an award,” Bamford adds. “It makes you realize that the fans, country radio and the industry are watching what you’re doing, and that they approve. I am having the time of my life and feel that my music is just getting started. Once again, I’m humbled by this recognition.”
‘When Your Lips Are So Close’ is the debut single from his ‘Country Junkie’ record, which was also nominated for a Juno Award for Album of the Year. The singer-songwriter wrote 13 of the 14 tracks on the record, which he co-produced with veteran tunesmith Byron Hill.
“Gord Bamford is an amazingly astute example of an artist who sets creative goals, fully understands how much work is involved and then goes for it,” Hill attests. “He leads the way with boundless energy, enthusiasm and creativity in every aspect of his career, as an artist and as a person.”
Bamford recently signed a deal with Sony Music in the United States.
“I got turned down by every record label in Nashville probably two or three times until last week,” Bramford admits (quote via CBC News). “I’m just hoping I can be one of those guys to bust through so it paves the path for more Canadians, because it needs to be done.”