ole Singer-Songwriter Gord Bamford Scores Simultaneous #1 Singles in Canada and Australia

L-R: ole’s Gilles Goddard, Gord Bamford, ole CEO, Robert Ott
TORONTO, ON – September 18, ole, the world’s fastest-growing independent music publishing and rights management company, is pleased to announce that Canadian Country Music Star and ole singer-songwriter, Gord Bamford, has topped the Country Radio charts in both Canada and Australia simultaneously with the #1 singles, “Dive Bar” and “Neon Smoke”, from his current album of the same name, Neon Smoke.

“Dive Bar” is Bamford’s second #1 Canadian Country Music hit following 2013’s “When Your Lips Are So Close”, while “Neon Smoke” is his first #1 in Australia, the country in which Bamford lived until the age of five. The video for “Neon Smoke” also sits atop the Australian charts at the #1 position.

“This is a huge day! Thanks to Canadian Country Radio for all the support and dedication on getting this to #1. Great songs still do win I guess, so thanks to John Ozier, ole and Tebey for the song,” says Bamford.

“This is an amazing accomplishment by Gord and his team, and we are incredibly proud of Gord and the two ole songs that have gone to #1,” commented John Ozier, ole’s Vice President of Creative. “Gord’s ability to identify hits has been proven across the world and we look forward to more success across the globe with Gord Bamford.”

Gord Bamford is one of the most awarded artists in Canadian Country Music history having received 24 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards, multiple JUNO Award nominations, and is a two-time winner (2013 & 2015) of Nashville’s Country Music Association (CMA) Global Country Artist Award.

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