Sharing music from the heart

Hope singer performs free show as part of Concerts in the Park

Debbie Bergeron performs in Memorial Park on Sunday.

Debbie Bergeron performs in Memorial Park on Sunday.

Debbie Bergeron hopes to spread a positive message through her music.

The local singer writes about every facet of life, often drawing on her own experiences to tell stories she hopes will resonate with people.

“If I can say something that I believe is helpful and positive, then I try to do it,” she said. “You dig deep when you’re a songwriter. There has to be truth and it has to be believable. If they don’t feel anything, they won’t relate to you and won’t connect.”

Bergeron has always known that she wanted to be a singer. When she was four years old, her aunt Norma sparked the dream when she set up an amp and microphone in the living room and started playing guitar.

“From then on, I knew what I wanted to do,” said Bergeron. “I believe that God gave me the gift for some purpose. If that helps other people then I think I’m doing the right thing.”

Since her debut in 1997, Bergeron has released three albums and received over a dozen nominations for her music. She’s also a two-time winner of the B.C. Country Music Association Country Gospel Performer of the Year award.

Bergeron said the industry has changed over the years, challenging her to evolve as an artist while staying true to her roots. She points to country superstar Reba McEntire as a musical influence who continues to stand the test of time.

“It’s very cut throat,” she said.

“You have to love it because it’s going to be dark sometimes, and people and things can be really hard on you.”

Bergeron is performing Stories and Songs with guitarist Jeff Bowman on Sunday in Memorial Park. The show features music from her past three albums and provides insight into the inspiration for her songs.

The Concerts in the Park series is presented by the Hope & District Council, and runs from 2-4 p.m.