Gordie Sampson

Cape Breton

Raised in Big Pond, Cape Breton County, Gordie Sampson’s musical genius was obvious from an early age. He tore up the stage in high school and afterwards with his early bands, did time playing and producing for fiddling phenom Ashley MacIsaac, toured with The Rankin Family, and was part of Canadian folk music icon Rita MacNeil’s group on her weekly CBC TV show Rita and Friends. In 2005, he moved to Nashville, and in less than a year Carrie Underwood had recorded his song “Jesus, Take The Wheel,” which wound up at number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for six weeks in a row and won Gordie a Grammy for Best Country Song of the Year. Sampson’s straight-to-the-heart tunes benefit from the weight of his expressive voice on his own records, and his 1999 album Stones garnered a Juno Award nomination for Best Roots & Traditional Album. His songs have been cut by a long list of established artists that includes Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts, Hunter Hayes and Scott Helman and by young up-and-comers like Carly Pearce, Caylee Hammack and Tenille Townes. Although he doesn’t often take on outside projects, he’s also recently served as producer for records by The East Pointers and Port Cities. A brilliant writer, an innovative producer, and a dynamic on-stage presence, he has run the Gordie Sampson Songcamp every summer since 2010.

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