Gordie Sampson's worlds collided with the Canadian release of Almost Beautiful. Written with many of his long-time Nashville collaborators, the songs exemplify the kind of thoughtful and clever writing that has earned Sampson a Grammy award, multiple awards for his recordings and an international reputation as an outstanding songwriter.
A musical chameleon, his production and performance slide easily into the contemporary Country music scene here at home, and in America. The musicianship on Almost Beautiful is superb, featuring Sampson himself, along with some of his fine Nashville musician friends. The first single, “Hurricane Jane” is a driving uptempo tune, reminiscent of Kid Rock’s foray into Country music. The songs are, by and large, reflective and feel comfortingly familiar to fans.
From September until May, Sampson lives and writes in Nashville, where he has become an established member of the community. Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, and Faith Hill are just a few American artists who have covered Sampson's songs. In the summers, he heads back home to Canada to spend time with family and friends in his beloved Cape Breton and to perform in the Maritimes where audiences welcome him, year after year. Despite the rarity of his Canadian concerts, Sampson continues to find a home on Canadian radio and garner awards and nominations for his records. Almost Beautiful is Sampson’s fourth release on turtlemusik.
A brilliant writer, an innovative producer/director, and a dynamic on-stage presence, Gordie’s musical genius is applauded by audiences and industry players alike.
Hits & Cuts:
• "Leave Love Alone" Carrie Underwood, Blown Away (May 1, 2012) Arista
• "Great Big Love" Rascal Flatts, Changed (April 3, 2012) Big Machine
• "Let It Hurt" Rascal Flatts, Changed (April 3, 2012) Big Machine
• "Over You By Now" - Jana Kramer (2012)
• "Too Good To Be True" - Eden's Edge (2012)
• "Paper Heart" Stealing Angels, Stealing Angels (May 1, 2011) Skyville Records
• "One Last Goodbye" Donny & Marie Osmond, Donny & Marie (May 3, 2011) MPCA
• "Love Looks Good On You" Randy Travis & Kristin Chenoweth, Anniversary Celebration (June 6, 2011) Warner Bros.
• "She's A Wildflower" (aka "Wildflower") Lauren Alaina, Wildflower (October 11, 2011) Mercury
• "Tupelo" Lauren Alaina, Wildflower (October 11, 2011) Mercury
• "Storm Warning" Hunter Hayes, Hunter Hayes (October 11, 2011) Atlantic
• "Better In The Long Run" Miranda Lambert w/ Blake Shelton, Four the Record (November 1, 2011) Sony Music
• "My Favourite Picture of You" Jerry Jeff Walker, A Tribute to Guy Clark (November 8, 2011) Icehouse Music
• "She's A Wildflower" (aka "Wildflower") Point of Grace, No Changin' Us (March 2, 2010) Word Entertainment
• "Unmistakeable" Jo Dee Messina, Unmistakable (April 27, 2010) Curb
• "Damn The Rain" Randy Rogers, Band Burning The Day (August 24, 2010) MCA Nashville
• "Kiss Goodbye" Little Big Town, The Reason Why (August 24, 2010) Capitol
• "You're Not Leaving Me" Martina McBride, Shine (March 24, 2009) RCA/Sony
• "Davey Jones" The Greencards, Facination (April 21, 2009)
• "That Kinda Beautiful" Emerson Drive, Believe (May 5, 2009) Valory
• "Someday When I Stop Loving You" Carrie Underwood, Play On (November 2, 2009) Arista Nashville
• "This Time" Carrie Underwood, Play On (November 2, 2009) Arista Nashville
• "All I Wanted Was A Slow Dance" Julianne Hough Julianne Hough 2008 Mercury
• "Too Good To Be True" Julianne Hough, Julianne Hough 2008 Mercury
• "That's What The Night Is For" Julianne Hough, Julianne Hough 2008 Mercury
• "Might As Well Be Making Love" Jessica Simpson, Do You Know (September 9, 2008) Epic, Columbia Nashville
• "538 Stars" Tara Oram, Chasing The Sun (October 7, 2008) Open Road/Sugar Hill Records
• "When I Said I Would" Whitney Duncan, Whitney Duncan 2007 Warner
• "Open Road" Whitney Duncan, Whitney Duncan (2007) Warner
• "Measure of a Man" Jack Ingram, This Is It (March 27, 2007) Big Machine
• "Get Me Through December" Alison Krauss, A Hundred Miles Or More: A Collection (April 3, 2007) Rounder
• "If I Had Your Name" Martina McBride, Waking Up Laughing (April 3, 2007) RCA
• "On Any Other Day" Bon Jovi, Lost Highway (June 8, 2007) Island / Mercury
• "Oh Love" Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood, 5th Gear (June 19, 2007) Arista Nashville
• "Get Out of This Town" Carrie Underwood, Carnival Ride (October 22, 2007) Arista Nashville
• "Just A Dream" Carrie Underwood, Carnival Ride (October 22, 2007) Arista Nashville
• "Words Get In The Way" Trace Adkins, Dangerous Man (August 15, 2006) Capitol
• "(When) God Made A Woman" Keith Urban, Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing (November 7, 2006) Capitol
• "Fear of Flying" Shelly Fairchild, Ride (May 3, 2005) Sony Music Distribution
• "You Or Somebody Like You" Keith Urban, Days Go By (May 20, 2005) Capitol
• "Paris" Faith Hill, Fireflies (August 2, 2005) Warner Bros.
• "Hurricane Jane" Colin Raye, Twenty Years and Change (October 25, 2005) Aspirion
• "Jesus, Take The Wheel" Carrie Underwood, Some Hearts (November 15, 2005) Arista Nashville
• "My Name" George Canyon, One Good Friend (September 28, 2004) Universal South
• "The Hard Way" Keith Urban, Be Here (September 21, 2004) Capitol
• "My Heart Beats For Love" Miley Cyrus, Can't Be Tamed (July 2, 1995) Hollywood Records
• "King for A Day" Crush, Face in the Crowd (June 25, 1995) Sonic
• "So Sorry Mama" Whitney Duncan, Footloose Soundtrack Warner
• "Maybe You're Right" - The Rankin Family
• "Followed Her Around" - Jimmy Rankin
• "Seeing Things" - Aaron Lines
• "Cry Baby" – Carolyn Dawn Johnson
• "Get Me Through December" - Natalie MacMaster with Alison Krauss
"Under The Sea" – Finding Nemo Soundtrack
"One Last Goodbye" – Richie Sambora, The Banger Sisters
"Fly on the Wall" – The Shield
Gordie Sampson - Vocals
Guitars, piano, keys, bass
Almost Beautiful (July 2011)
Fontana North/Universal Music Canada
For The Few And Far Between (2008)
MapleMusic Recordings, distributed in Canada by Universal Music
MapleMusic Recordings, distributed in Canada by Universal Music. JVC Victor (Japan)
Awards & Accolades:
A Grammy Award; two JUNO Awards; an ASCAP Award; a Nashville Songwriters’ Association Award; a CMA Award; a CCMA Award; 14 ECMA Awards! – these are only a few kudos racked up by Cape Breton’s, Gordie Sampson.
Gordie has written and had his material recorded by Carrie Underwood (#1 Billboard Hit – “Jesus Take The Wheel”, “Just A Dream”, “Get Out of This Town”); Emerson Drive (“That Kinda Beautiful”); Trace Adkins (“Words Get In the Way”); Faith Hill (“Paris” – from his CD Sunburn); Keith Urban (“The Hard Way”, “You or Somebody Like You”, “When God Made a Women”); George Canyon (#1 Video Hit “My Name”); Martina McBride (“If I Had Your Name”); Bon Jovi (“Any Other Day”); Great Big Sea (“Walk On The Moon”); produced for Natalie McMaster (“In My Hands”) and Damhnait Doyle (“Davnet”); and still found time to write and produce his own recordings, Stones (1998), Sunburn (2004), For The Few and Far Between (2008) and his latest project, Almost Beautiful (2011).
Thank My Lucky Stars
I See You In Everything
Crazy Holdin' On
The Other Side of Letting Go
Crazy Old Man
Any Other Memory
What Will They Say
Sampson manages to keep a few gems for himself
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Nobody's bigger in the East Coast pop world than Cape Breton's Gordie Sampson. With a songwriting Gr...Nobody's bigger in the East Coast pop world than Cape Breton's Gordie Sampson. With a songwriting Grammy on his desk, he can play with the big artists and is respected in Nashville writing circles. You'd think he'd load up the truck and move to Beverly, but apparently those hills have nothing on the Cape Breton highlands. Sampson continues to bounce back and forth between home and Music City, with the draw of his Maritime pals keeping him firmly rooted here. Then there's the other side to his work, his own recording career.
Cape Breton’s Gordie Sampson took a break from writing songs for others and this week released a new CD, ‘For The Few And Far Between.’
With all the songwriting for others, Sampson takes big breaks between albums, with just three in the past decade. His new one, For The Few And Far Between (Maple), finds him in a stronger pop and rock field than his Nashville connections would suggest. The first track, We Are Young And So Is The Night, is the Bryan Adams hit he never had, big guitars and big chorus, ready made for radio. The singer-songwriter tracks are great, as well. The Hour I Need You Most features just Sampson, his acoustic guitar and warm voice, along with harmonica (courtesy of Lennie Gallant). That's a big jump, from a full band production to what's basically a stripped-down guitar demo. But the song is perfect with that simplicity, a tribute to his strength with words, melody and singing.
There are plenty of other highlights, songs including Bob Evans and Montreal, that find Sampson at the top of his game. With so many clients, from stars such as Faith Hill and Carrie Underwood, to all his old East Coast pals clamouring for his services, it's a wonder Sampson could keep these for himself. From start to finish, it's what you hope for from the man called the best songwriter in a region famous for its songwriting.
For The Few And Far Between
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Much has transpired since Gordie Sampson's last solo album, Sunburn (2004). Anointed by Keith Urban ...Much has transpired since Gordie Sampson's last solo album, Sunburn (2004). Anointed by Keith Urban and hitting the top of the charts with Carrie Underwood (Jesus, Take The Wheel), this native of Big Pond, N.S., is now one of the most sought-after songwriters in Nashville. But don't categorize Gordie as a Cape Breton country boy. Sampson is a master craftsman closer in style to Elvis Costello than George Canyon (although he wrote the great My Name with Canyon). Sampson builds songs around imperfect characters like the doomed sailor in Davey Jones, the hip poetess of Montreal, or Bob Evans, the suburban dad who seeks love under the choir robes of the local church. Canada is blessed with a lot of fine songwriter. Right now, Sampson may be the best.
Gordie Sampson: For The Few And Far Between
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Gordie Sampson is best known worldwide as a prolific Nashville songwriter, complete with a Grammy. F...Gordie Sampson is best known worldwide as a prolific Nashville songwriter, complete with a Grammy. For us at home on the East Coast, he is still one of our wonderful solo artists.
His first album since 2004 is basically a 50/50 blend of peerless pop with hooks and singer/songwriter tracks featuring his voice and acoustic guitar. He writes incredibly sharp and memorable vignettes, and the writing skills are strong in many, many genres.
The big bucks and fame will still come from the Nashville country pop niche that is his bread and butter, but this album shows two other things: he could write big hits for stars of many genres, and he could have a very viable career just doing his own stuff.
Key tracks: We Are Young And So Is The Night; Bob Evans; Davey Jones
“Davey Jones” is a miniature masterpiece
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Gordie Sampson has methodically crafted a diverse folio of songs that have won accolades and attract...Gordie Sampson has methodically crafted a diverse folio of songs that have won accolades and attracted covers by an ever increasing number of Nashville blue chip acts, including Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood, as well as homegrown acts, such as Great Big Sea, Crush, and Natalie MacMaster, who have fallen in love with his storybook song lyrics.
“Davey Jones” is his latest miniature masterpiece, a song that perhaps was inspired by forefathers who worked the treacherous Atlantic as fishermen and specifically deals with drowning. It’s his latest gem, and also the first single from his just released 3rd album, For the Few & Far Between.
CD Review Gordie Sampson - For The Few and Far Between (Maple / Universal Music Canada)
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Cape Breton's Gordie Sampson has had a long career within and outside the East Coast music scene and...Cape Breton's Gordie Sampson has had a long career within and outside the East Coast music scene and in the past few years has struck songwriting gold, penning songs for other artists including country stars Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill. His third solo record is a nice blend of pop-rock tunes (We Are Young and So Is The Night and Flying So Low) as well as the singer-songwriter style tracks he's probably best known for (The Hour I Need You Most, Are You Sleeping and Montreal). Given the strength of his songs on this latest record, one would hope it's just a matter of time before Sampson achieves the same success for his own career that others have found while singing his songs.
-By Ken Kelley
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SUNBURN " heralded by a number of people in the industry and in the music press as this region's ...SUNBURN
" heralded by a number of people in the industry and in the music press as this region's next major star. The long- awaited second album called Sunburn, from start to finish is a remarkable piece of work, a skillfully crafted collection of material ripe with potential singles."
" Sunburn" has an infectious rhythm and killer changes ...
" gordie sampson...already a classic ...just waiting to age....the secret is out "
" This guy could be the next breakout talent from the Maritimes."
“Sunburn is living proof the singer-songwriter craft is still going strong.
“. . . Paris. She (Faith Hill) says it's one of her favorite songs she's ever heard.”
CMT interview with Faith Hill
“The cleverly paced 14-track disc includes broadly accessible pop tunes, upbeat rockers, guitar instrumentals and inventive pieces like The Blood Is Strong.”
“Studded with radio friendly tunes…extraordinary musicianship…an invigorating and intense album…uses a mix of acoustic and electric instruments to build a rich, pop sound…vocals that betray an irresistible enthusiasm…”
The Daily News
“Sampson’s short set before the Rankins took the stage spotlighted a new voice that’s ready to break wide open, a Canadian who sings with the emotion of Van Morrison.”
The Ottawa Sun
“Sampson’s fresh, raw talent was charming as he performed four songs from his upcoming album. This talented guitarist, who reminds one of Bruce Cockburn, may not have a familiar face, but his songwriting credits are recognizable…”
The Calgary Sun
“Sampson delivered a powerful performance with strong material and an expert band.”
The Chronicle Herald
“Gordie’s mainstage showcase performance blew everyone away and earned him the media award for Best Showcase Artist.”
What’s Goin On Magazine
“Sampson is a soulful singer with major star charisma.”
The Daily News
“…played a cool selection of urban folk tunes…he did exactly what opening acts are meant to do: open up the ears of the crowd…his energy was felt as he later joined the Rankins…”
The Edmonton Sun
“The charismatic Gordie Sampson, as music director, has put his stamp on the revue. The sound is a propulsive contemporary Celtic pop, a jamming together of traditional and rock-pop that is exhilarating. Sampson’s final arrangement of Purple Heather is passionate.”
The Mail Star
“A memorable and delicate guitar solo from Sampson who also pulled out a hot electric lead solo.”
The Edmonton Journal
“Opener Gordie Sampson proved he knows his way around an acoustic guitar, too…a lesson in great fretwork.”
“Cape Breton native Gordie Sampson rocked the crowd with a selection of original material. Opening with his next single ‘Sorry’ he owned the audience right up to his finale with ‘Still Workin’ on a Dream’ and was sent off with a standing ovation.”
ECMA ’99 Music Notes
“Producer Gordie Sampson’s arrangements are fresh, and the few trips into the slightly experimental are thrilling.” (In My Hands – Natalie MacMaster)
“The second star of the game is producer, songwriter, guitarist Gordie Sampson.” (In My Hands – Natalie MacMaster)
"Sunburn" has an infectious rhythm and killer changes...
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Gordie Sampson: Sunburn (MapleMusic) I've been playing an advance copy of this in my car, kitchen...Gordie Sampson: Sunburn (MapleMusic)
I've been playing an advance copy of this in my car, kitchen and office for weeks and I say it's one of the best albums of the year, Canadian or otherwise. Cape Breton's Gordie Sampson is known for his collaborative work with fellow Maritimers Ashley MacIsaac and Damhnait Doyle but on his own he has an ear for a pop hook that would make McCartney blush. The opening "Sunburn" has an infectious rhythm and killer changes but "Paris" is a career song and I'll bet he knows it. Baby-faced Sampson resembles a young Dylan Thomas and maybe just as gifted. ****/5 - John McLaughlin
Sunburning to success
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Everyone could use an album like this in his life. It is uniquely blessed. The folk/ pop tracks are ...Everyone could use an album like this in his life. It is uniquely blessed. The folk/ pop tracks are very accessible, focused and written well. Don't Make Me Do This, You (or Somebody Like You), Hangin' By A Wire and the titke track will kill at radio if given a chance. A real beauty at home or on the road.