In 1988, a young man set down a long rolling gravel road. In the distance a small yellow farmhouse faded from view. Leaving the safety of his home in the foothills of Southern Alberta, George Fox was about to get the break he had long hoped for. On that clear spring day he could never have imagined the amazing success story he was about to become.
It is now more than a dozen years since that fateful drive. Fox has a mantle of country music awards, he has recorded 8 albums and there is a street named after him in his hometown. George has traveled the world, opened for some of the biggest names in country music and headlined sold out shows coast to coast. Growing up in Cochrane, Alberta, (pop. 4500), the son of cattle ranchers Bert and Gert Fox, George was like a lot of rural kids he lived, breathed and worked the farm. One day he arrived home from school and casually told his parents he was starting a rock band. Little did anyone know that the seeds for the future had been sown. In 1981, George went to Sweden on a farm exchange program. The host farmer asked Fox to bring along some country albums and it wasn't long before Fox also took to the music.
Upon his return to Alberta, he decided he should devote another five years to ranching but fate had other plans. Soon Fox was back playing music, writing songs and a short while later with his life savings he went into the recording studio. The end results were tapes he could sell at local shows. In 1988, one of those recordings passed through a series of hands, eventually landing on the desk of a Warner Music executive. A short while later a phone call from the label took George from the safety of the foothills and set the wheels in motion for what was to become an extraordinary career. With the release of his first self-titled album in 1988 country music fans discovered George Fox. Debut singles, “Angelina” and “Goldmine” were sent soaring up the country charts and in subsequent years, “No Trespassing,” “Mustang Heart,” “I Give You My Word,” “What's Holding Me” and “Breakfast Alone,” to mention just a few, would join them in the Top 10 and become signature songs. Throughout the eighties George opened for such country greats as Randy Travis, Dolly Parton, George Strait and Willie Nelson. It wasn't long however before he was headlining his own sold out shows from Canada to Australia. Fox's music has also traveled him to Switzerland, Spain, Brazil and even Germany where he entertained Canadian troops. George's charm was found not only in his music but also in his ability to weave a story and engage the listener.
Today George lives in Southern Ontario on an expansive acreage that farms winter wheat, soybean and corn. There was a turn of the century farmhouse still standing on the land and George and Monica have been painstakingly restoring and adding on to over the years. They acquired Lucky, a large black lab, and in 2000, George's Dad, Bert, sold the family ranch in the foothills of Alberta. But as they say, when one door closes another opens. Memories of growing up in rural Canada, his love of the land and his respect for the working man have now taken George in a new direction. While continuing to write songs and tour, George has taken pen in hand and begun work on a book. While it is still a work in progress, you can be assured it will hold what have affectionately become known as “George - isms” to his legion of fans. From cattle rancher to Canadian country music ambassador, taking the road less traveled has been the hallmark of George Fox's life and career. To be sure, the road you take to follow your dream, is also the road that brings you back home.