Inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
Inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005
Birth: August 14, 1937 – Rose Valley, Saskatchewan
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Gary Fjellgaard Biography
For more than thirty years, Gary Fjellgaard has been making a living on the road with a guitar and a song. He delights his audiences throughout North America and Europe with his masterful acoustic guitar, gentle vocals, riveting yodeling, and tales of his life in the woods. Gary takes his music to the people with a rare sincerity.
Raised in British Columbia, he paid his early career dues as a member of the West Coast Band, Evan Kemp and The Trail Riders. The award winning singer/songwriter is a champion of vanishing values, and the frontier spirit. Cattle drives, wagon treks, windswept prairies, rushing rivers and working folks with ties to the land have all been a source of inspiration for his songs. His western roots music has survived categorization, and a move to Canada’s West Coast has brought a universal quality to his songwriting.
Gary’s extensive career as a recording artist has been recognized with CCMA Awards for ‘Male Artist’, ‘Song of the Year’, ‘Single of the Year’, ‘Duo of the Year’ (with Linda Kidder) and the ‘Humanitarian Achievement Award’. In recent years, Gary has collaborated with fellow country/folk singer, Valdy, releasing the duet albums, ‘Contenders’ and ‘Contenders Two’.
Gary and his wife, Lynne, make their home on Gabriola Island on Canada’s west coast. His lifelong love for his wife, their four daughters, and their many grandchildren is lovingly illustrated in many of his songs.
Gary has played with some world class musicians over the years and still calls on them on occasion to augment his sound. His shows range from the intimacy of the small theatre to the excitement of main stage appearances at Canada’s top festivals. He looks back on a rewarding career and gratefully acknowledges the hundreds of towns and cities, and thousands of listeners who have been touched by his music.