Local singer/songwriter to hold concert at United Church

Debbie Bergeron, a Rimbey singer/songwriter, is back by popular demand.

Debbie Bergeron

Debbie Bergeron, a Rimbey singer/songwriter, is back by popular demand.

The talented musician will perform at the United Church in Rimbey Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. bringing to her audience a delightful selection of country gospel music.

Last year, Bergeron’s Tender Country Christmas concert held at the United Church was a huge hit.

“I had many people ask me when I was coming back and it inspired me to do this (upcoming) show,” she said. “And I love country gospel.”

Bergeron said the country gospel music reminds her of the tiny church she attended as a child. While the message was always powerful and inspiring, it was the music that continued to draw her back.

This year, Bergeron will be accompanied by a three piece band including pianist Audrey Graham, Delfina Villacorta, on bass guitar and Doug Norman on drums.

Her special guests will be Visions Country Gospel, a well-known trio from Red Deer.

The songwriter/recording artist/producer, who moved to Rimbey from Hope, B.C. two years ago is excited to be part of the central Alberta music scene.

Since moving to Rimbey she has been busy, and has slowly, but surely become a well-known name in the country music industry.

Most recently she has performed at the Blackfalds Country Gospel weekend, at Ivan Daines Country Picnic, at the Mountain Shadow Music Festival and was in the lineup for the Men and Women of Country Music held in Hoadley. She will entertain at a Christmas Concert at Rimbey Manor later this year.

For Bergeron, who began singing at the age of four when her aunt Norma set up her amp and microphone in the centre of the living room and encouraged the little girl to sing, writing songs and singing is as natural as breathing.

She writes from the heart.

“I write what I feel,” she said.

She recorded her debut CD called ‘Makin’ A Connection’ in Nashville in 1998 at the Gatlin Brothers Studio.

“It was a dream come true to go to Nashville, but I was only dipping my toes in the water. I thought it would be my only shot.”

Much to her delight, The CD did well, especially in the European country music charts.

Her second CD, She Drives, produced by Mesh Studios in Burnaby, B.C. received rave reviews in Canada and European countries and was nominated for Album of the Year through the British Columbia Country Music Association.

Throughout her career, Bergeron has received several nominations in British Columba and in Nashville from the Entertainer Indi-Association and has twice won the award as Country Gospel Performer of the Year with British Columbia Country Music Association.

In November 2005 she performed at the famous Bluebird Café and the Gibson Theatre in Opryland.

Most recently she has performed at the Blackfalds Country Gospel weekend, at Ivan Daines Country Picnic, at the Mountain Shadow Music Festival and was in the lineup for the Men and Women of Country Music held in Hoadley. She will entertain at a Christmas Concert at Rimbey Manor later this year.

Her music is truly a gift from God, said Bergeron, adding it gives her great pleasure to share her talent with others knowing she has touched someone’s life in a positive way.

“It gives me joy,” she said.