Debbie Bergeron loves Christmas and is pleased to be able to share her love of the season through her own special talent of singing and song writing.
The songwriter/recording artist/producer, who recently moved to Rimbey from Hope, B.C., will spend Christmas here surrounded by family and friends.
It is an exciting time for her as Christmas truly is her favorite time of the year and she is looking forward to being in the heart of Alberta where she said the cold and snow brings its own special kind of beauty.
In keeping with the spirit of the season, Bergeron’s latest CD, The Gift, brings with it the flavor of a down home country Christmas.
The CD features 12 tracks, nine of which have been written by Bergeron. The music offers a variety of styles such as swing, two-step, lullabies and ballads. It also includes the traditional Christmas carol, O Holy Night.
Moving to Rimbey has been a major change for Bergeron but she said the people here have been friendly and caring and already she feels like it is home.
“I feel like I am very lucky to be here. It’s easy to meet people and everyone is very willing to help and are so friendly.”
She is looking forward to meeting other musicians/songwriters in the area and would be more than happy to perform at local promotional events.
She has even stopped by the Rimbey Drop In Centre to sing for the seniors.
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 recorded her debut CD, Makin’ A Connection in Nashville in 1998 at the Gatlin Brothers Studio.
“It was a dream come true to go to Nashville and I was dipping my toes in the water. I thought it would be my only shot.”
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.
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.
Bergeron’s CD, The Gift is available at Pharmasave and Rimbey Value Drug Mart.