Gordie Sampson

Gordie Sampson

cape breton, Nova Scotia, CAN
SoloCountrySinger/Songwriter

Versatile performer, singer-songwriter, guitarist, multi -instrumentalist and producer. A distinct artist who makes you listen through his sheer love of the art form. True, from the heart. A talent magnet and inspiring catalyst.

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Biography

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.

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 Sampsons fourth release on turtlemusik.

A brilliant writer, an innovative producer/director, and a dynamic on-stage presence, Gordies 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.
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Lyrics

Davey Jones

Written By: g. sampson/m. logan

i am a simple man, i’ve learned to work with my hands out here on these waves sha la la la la i guess i’ve always known that i would die alone here, one cold november day sha la la la la and i heard that you did take my brother in the morning, another without warning sha la la la la and who am i to think that i’d be any different, as god is my witness i saw davey jones underneath the water with a thousand of my fathers calling me home i saw davey jones waving his black flag counting up his bones they say when i was five, the day i cast my first line, i fell over the port side sha la la la la and as i was sinking down, i heard my mother singing, i heard the church bells ringing sha la la la la and when they pulled me in, i felt him tugging my hand i saw davey jones underneath the water with a thousand of my fathers calling me home i saw davey jones waving his black flag counting up his bones now the waves have snapped the mast, i’m taking water so fast i let go of the lines and i can feel my father’s stare from beyond the grave somewhere as i fail him one last time ‘cause i would never be, the man he thought i should be, the lesser of his sons so jesus help me now, help me to forgive him, before the darkness floods in i saw davey jones underneath the water with a thousand of my fathers calling me home yeah, and i saw davey jones waving his black flag counting up his bones yeah, and i saw davey jones waving his black flag counting up his bones

What Will They Say

Written By: Gordie Sampson/ Tom Douglas

I could fly when I was seventeen

on alcohol and gasoline

flipped that mustang twice one rainy night

I crawled away wayched it explode

in a purple haze down a firetower road

part of me died and part of me was born that night

while the midnight sun was lit

i thought what if this was it

and I felt god's hand come down on me

and it never let go

what will they say when I'm gone

cause that big old rock keeps spinnin time still carries on

did I make a little difference, was I just passin through

did I break your heart, was I good to you

did I leave the world a little better with my song

what will they say when I'm gone

I kept on flyin' not afraid to fall

young and twenty-one I knew it all

too blind to see both ends of the candle burn

and then twenty-two becomes thirty-five

and by the grace of God we all survive

yeah life's a wheel and we just watch it turn

and then the call came in one night

and they told me bobby fell

no-one knows what happened

guess that bridge will never tell

what will they say when I'm gone

cause that big old rock keeps spinnin time still carries on

did I make a little difference, was I just passin through

did I break your heart, was I good to you

did I leave the world a little better with my song

what will they say when I'm gone

gone gone

will they say he was a good man

left his mark upon this world

will they say I gave myself away

will they say I loved you girl

what will they say when I'm gone

cause this big old rock keeps spinnin and time will carry on

did I make a little difference, was I just passin through

did I break your heart, was I good to you

did I leave the world a little better with my song

what will they say when I'm gone

gone

gone

ooooh

Any Other Memory

Written By: Gordie Sampson/ Hillary Lindsey/ Troy Verges

It don't matter how fast i drive tonite

I can't outrun all these pictures in my mind

See the only thing i see is you starin back at me

Snow fallin on a runway in the January wind

Suck in that cheap motel for one more night again

That room was cold as ice

So we just improvised all night long

gimme any other memory

gimme any other memory

There aint no way of letting go when I'm holdin on this tight

So gimme any other memory tonite

Still in that apartment that we had on 21st

We were hangin up the Christmas tree lights you were wearin my old shirt

You smiles and I pulled you in

Said I love you till the end

And I knew right there and then

That it would never be the same again

so gimme any other memory

gimme any other memory

There aint no way of letting go when I'm holdin on this tight

So gimme any other memory tonite

You standin on the edge of goodbye

Me too damn proud to swallow my pride

gimme any other memory

gimme any other memory

There aint no way of letting go when I'm holdin on this tight

So gimme any other memory

gimme any other memory

gimme any other memory tonite

Crazy Old Man

Written By: Gordie Sampson/Sarah Buxton/ Jedd Hughes

you're gonna make me a crazy old man someday

long before my jet black hair turns grey

scares me half to death sometimes the way you take my breath away

you're gonna make me a crazy old man someday

you're gonna wear my heart down to the bone

draw a little bit of life out of this stone

the only thing i ever loved too much to ever think about runnin away

you're gonna make me a crazy old man someday

oooohh

crazy old man someday

oooooh

crazy old man someday

you're gonna be the storm that sinks the ship

probably steal the last kiss from my lips

but right now the sun is shinin lets just make some hay

oooohh

you're gonna make me a crazy old man someday

oooooh

you're gonna make me a crazy old man someday

oooooh

you're gonna be the story that i tell

when its just me talkin to myself

you're gonna be the good times and the bad but either way

oooohh

you're gonna make me a crazy old man someday

oooooh

you're gonna make me a crazy old man someday

oooooh

The Other Side Of Letting Go

Written By: Gordie Sampson/ Hillary Lindsey/ Troy Verges

Heard you moved on, baby good for you

You cut them strings and you spread your wings and off you flew

Must be nice out there, nothin weighin you down

I bet twenty to one you're probably holdin somebody else right now

Wish I knew how

But all i see is a memory, I'm kissin you, you're kissing me

Sittin there in this hotel bed, playin like a movie in my head

Just thinkin 'bout the way it was

It burns me like the whiskey does

This is what its like

Here on the other side of letting go

I wish I could see the world through your eyes

Free of this pain and outta the rain for just one night

Cause from where I stand its a different view

I keep seein your face everywhere I look but I can't touch you

I keep tryin to

But all i see is a memory, I'm kissin you, you're kissing me

Sittin there in this hotel bed, playin like a movie in my head

Just thinkin 'bout the way it was

It burns me like the whiskey does

This is what its like

Here on the other side of letting go

All i see is a memory, I'm kissin you, you're kissing me

Sittin there in this hotel bed, playin like a movie in my head

Just thinkin 'bout the way it was

It burns me like the whiskey does

This is what its like

Here on the other side of letting go

I See You In Everything

Written By: Gordie Sampson/ Hillary Lindsey/ Steve McEwan

Sometimes i think you know me so well

when i don't even know myself

You open doors straight to my heart

make me feel things I never felt

You're the light in the dark, the fire and the spark

You're the song that every bird sings

but down every road, wherever i go

I see you in everything

yeah i see you in everything

Sometimes i think I'm over my head

In a river too deep to cross

You shine your light like a ship to the shore

come find me when I'm lost

And I'll follow you to the ends of the earth

forever changing me

but down every road, wherever i go

I see you in everything

yeah i see you in everything

You're the light in the dark, the fire and the spark

You're the song that every bird sings

but down every road, wherever i go

I see you in everything

yeah i see you in everything

Oh I see you in everything

Discography

Almost Beautiful (July 2011)
Fontana North/Universal Music Canada

For The Few And Far Between (2008)
MapleMusic Recordings, distributed in Canada by Universal Music

Sunburn (2004)
MapleMusic Recordings, distributed in Canada by Universal Music. JVC Victor (Japan)

Stones (1999)
MapleMusic Recordings

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).