(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) Winter weather pouring in from the north shut down much of the country last week, including Nashville ... but it's clearing just in time for another Canadian force of nature to take its place. The CMA's Global Artist of the Year, Gord Bamford, will be in Music City this week for CRS 2015, meeting with top programmers and readying a U.S. launch for the 19-time Canadian Country Music Association winner.
With his first-ever U.S. single release planned for spring, Bamford's presence at Country Radio Seminar will continue to fulfill a stateside rollout teased throughout 2014. And while he earned rave reviews for a limited number of engagements last year, gatekeepers and audiences are about to find out just how special he is.
Reaching out to people in need is not something Bamford does for recognition, however. It's just part of who he is. With recent donations of $50,000 to children's charities in Canada (Make-A-Wish, Ronald McDonald House and music education among them) and $80,000 in contributions to children's hospitals planned with the launch of his 2015 tour. Bamford and his seven-year-old charitable foundation are making a substantial positive impact.
His marriage of music and children's causes has benefited music, education, health, sports and other organizations that focus on kids. Bamford's annual charity golf tournament has raised more than $2 million and is only one of the many philanthropic endeavors. "Music has that special power to take a child away from whatever they might be experiencing at that moment in time," Gord says. "I've seen it first-hand on my visits to children's hospitals over the years. I'm so grateful to be in the position to continue to help support such worthwhile organizations and hospitals all across Canada."
Learn more about the 2014 CCMA Male Artist of the Year at www.gordbamford.com.