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“Country Junkie” Gord Bamford is a living example that hard work pays off. After twenty years of making music, Bamford can say he is a 16-time Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) award winning artist. He also holds several Juno nominations and numerous spots on radio billboard charts, including for his latest album, Country Junkie’s first single, “When Your Lips Are So Close”.
He tells us that although he really likes all the songs on the Country Junkie album and thinks it’s his best album to date, one of his personal favourites is called “Unreal”. When asked about his all-time favourite song, from all of his albums, he says, “I would have to go way back on the Life Is Good Album and probably say that ‘All About Her’ was definitely one of them. I think if I had that song today it would have been a bigger hit.”
Bamford’s passion doesn’t stop at making music though. It extends to supporting charities like Make-A-Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and many children’s hospitals across Canada. The Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation has raised almost $2 million. He describes why he loves this work:
“Those organizations have had an impact on my life and that's why we do what we do. But probably the greatest thing I get to do is interact with a lot of these children and try to make a difference in their lives. It's hard to comprehend but it's an awesome thing to see a kid's face light up who is really sick and all he wants to do is go to Disneyland. It puts it all into perspective as to why I think God put me on earth to do what I do because it's helping other people.”
Having grown up on Bamford’s music, fan and mindyourmind volunteer, Christel, was very excited to ask the country singer some interview questions.
What inspires you to write country music? What keeps your passion going?
I just love to write simple songs in hope that they can connect with the listener and maybe change someone’s life for the better
You’ve experienced a lot of fame and success in country music. Would you say this has changed you or your personality in any ways?
Not at all, I don’t look at it that way whatsoever. It’s a job that I love to do and I am no different than anyone else, I still walk the same streets and go to the local grocery store like everyone else.
How do you deal with stress while touring? What are some ways you like to de-stress?
Touring does get very stressful, and you get tired, sleeping on a bus is not always ideal. I just try to remind myself how fortunate I am and stay positive for the most part.
You have a charitable foundation called the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation and it has generated almost $1.5 million since its inception in 2008. You’ve raised money for charities like Make-A-Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and numerous children's hospitals all across Canada. Why is this work important to you?
The Foundation is the best part of what I get to do, I have had many chances to help people out and personally reach out and try and make a difference in their lives, we are now approaching 2 million dollars raised and I am very proud of our team and what we have accomplished to help different organizations across Canada.
Have you ever come face to face with mental health problems? If yes, how did you deal with that?
I have never come face to face with mental health problems but I have seen people that have, it’s a very tough thing but sometimes music or a song can help them through.
Although you’re a Canadian country singer, you’re originally from Australia. I understand you moved here at age 5 with your mom. What was your experience like, being raised in a single parent household?
My mother has always been my biggest supporter and fan and has been re married for 25 years so I had a step father most of my life which was great, I was also involved in Big Brothers as a young guy.
Have you ever been back to Australia?
Yes a couple years ago my wife and three children joined me and we went over for a couple months.
Dead or alive, which artist(s) would be your dream to collaborate with?
Merle Haggard, Reba, Garth - any one of those 3 would be awesome.
And last but not least, since your last name ends in Ford does that mean you hate Chevy?
I don’t hate Chevy, but I do drive a FORD.
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