Gord Bamford has received the 2013 CMA Global Country Artist Award. The Canadian singer was presented with the honor during the CCMA Gala Dinner held on Sep. 6 in Edmonton. The award was presented by CMA Board members Ted Ellis, VP of Programming and Scheduling, Corus Entertainment, and Jeff Walker, President, Aristomedia.
“As a Canadian Country Music artist, it’s an incredible honor to receive the CMA’s Global Country Artist Award,” said Bamford. “To receive this recognition from 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.”
Bamford earned two CCMA Awards this year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Single of the Year for “When Your Lips Are So Close,” bringing his total to 18 Canadian Country Music Association awards since 2008, when he won CCMA Top New Male Talent of the Year. His current release, Country Junkie, debuted in the No. 1 spot on the Nielsen Soundscan Top Country Albums Chart and also garnered Bamford his first ever No. 1 single, “When Your Lips Are So Close.” In March of this year, Bamford garnered his third Juno Award nomination for Canadian Country Album of the Year for Country Junkie.
Bamford recently raised more than CA$500,000 at the Seventh Annual Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic n Alberta, Canada, which benefits the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation. To date the singer has raised almost CA$2 million for his foundation, which supports a variety of causes including children’s hospitals all across Canada, The Make a Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, and Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
The Global Country Artist Award recognizes outstanding achievements by a Country Music artist originally signed outside of the United States – in both furthering the popularity of Country Music and bringing attention to the Country Music format in their foreign-based territory.
Previous Winners of the Global Country Artist Award include:
2003 Lee Kernaghan, Australia
2004 Kasey Chambers and Slim Dusty, Australia
2005 Paul Brandt, Canada
2006 Jason McCoy, Canada
2007 Adam Harvey, Australia
2008 Troy Cassar-Daley, Australia
2009 Catherine Britt, Australia
2010 Tommy Emmanuel, Australia
2011 The McClymonts, Australia
2012 Jasmine Rae, Australia