Rob Berg wins Folk Song of the Year award

Local songwriter calls it 'a shot in the arm' to win Folk Song of the Year from the CGMA for 'Count Me In'

Rob Berg called it 'a shot in the arm' to get the Folk Song of the Year award for 'Count Me In' off his 2015 Wild Side album.

Rob Berg called it 'a shot in the arm' to get the Folk Song of the Year award for 'Count Me In' off his 2015 Wild Side album.

Rob Berg of Chilliwack took the top prize for one of the three awards he was nominated for by the Canadian Gospel Music Association.

He called it “a shot in the arm” to be awarded Folk Song of the Year for ‘Count Me In’ off his 2015 Wild Side album, a tune that he wrote.

“Many thanks to the CGMA, and also to Chris Janz who was indispensable in producing the song,” said Berg about the win. “It means a lot.”

He said he was “greatly honoured” by the nod, and felt he was in great company, but couldn’t attend the Nov. 5 awards in Edmonton recently.

He’s been travelling globally from India, Laos and Nepal to Saskatchewan recently, and was oblivious to the CGMA win until a friend told him.

The song is special to him.

“It’s a love story from a faith perspective, that is not only beautiful but dangerous,” he said.

He calls himself a “musicianary’ who’s been at it for 28 years, singing and taking a message hope and faith all over the world, from the first world to the third world and back.

“That’s my life,” he says. “Music is a big part of it. I’m not trying to be a star. I’m just trying to do what I do well.”

The Covenant Awards are the leading national awards for Canadian Christian music.