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Gordie Sampson on The Music Row Show

Gordie Sampson will perform on The Music Row Show this Sunday 8-9PM (CST) broadcast from the WSM Studios at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville. It will be featured live on the radio in 38 states, will stream live from www.themusicrowshow.com and will be filmed for later TV broadcast and shown in 250 US markets via the BlueHighways TV cable channel.


StFX to honour a champion of human services and a songwriting legend during Fall Convocation

St. Francis Xavier University will bestow honorary degrees on Kevin William Concannon and Gordie Sampson during Fall Convocation taking place on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at 3 p.m. at the Charles V. Keating Centre.

Mr. Concannon, a StFX alumnus and Portland, Maine native, has helped millions of people through programs and policies he’s administered and developed. Since 2009, he’s served as Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services in the United States Department of Agriculture, overseeing all federal food and nutrition programs. Throughout his distinguished career, Mr. Concannon, who has a masters’ degree in social work, has also served as Director of State Health and Human Services departments in Maine, Oregon, and Iowa.

Gordie Sampson of Big Pond, Cape Breton—described as a musical genius in writing, music production, and musicianship—is a role model and inspiration to many. A Grammy award-winning songwriter, he now resides and writes in Nashville, a mecca for gifted performers, where his songs have been covered by Carrie Underwood, LeAnn Rimes, Little Big Town and Rascal Flatts – to name a few. He returns to his beloved Cape Breton each summer and to perform in the Maritimes. Along with a Grammy, he’s won two JUNOs, a Nashville Songwriters’ Association Award, a Canadian Country Music Award, and numerous East Coast Music Awards. Generous of spirit and talent, in 2010, he started The Gordie Sampson Songcamp to give young songwriters the opportunity to develop their skills, build relationships with peers, and promote learning in pursuit of artistic excellence. A brilliant writer, innovative producer, dynamic on-stage presence, and now mentor to emerging writers, his musical genius and generosity is applauded by audiences and industry alike.

During the ceremony, more than 200 degrees and diplomas will be conferred, in addition to 36 diplomas awarded to graduates of the StFX Coady International Institute.

A Community Partner Recognition Award will be presented to a community partner who has made a significant and sustained contribution to the growth and development of educational opportunities at StFX. As well, an Outreach Award will be given to a university faculty or staff member who has demonstrated a long and consistent involvement in activities that have served the Nova Scotia community.

For the full press release, please visit the St. FX University website.


The first Gordie Sampson Songcamp compilation is available now

“Let’s get the best young songwriters in Nova Scotia and take them to the most inspiring place we can think of (Ingonish) and see what happens. Four years and roughly 150 songs later, the idea now has a mind of its own. Maybe it’s the simple math of how blind faith multiplies.” – Gordie Sampson

For the past four summers, some of Nova Scotia’s most promising songwriters have been hand-picked to take part in an intensive five-day series of co-writing sessions which are conducted by Cape Breton’s own Grammy award-winning Gordie Sampson, along with leaders Steve MacDougall (Slowcoaster) and Carleton Stone. The result is a motivating experience, a growing sense of community, and an inspiring collection of songs. In 2013 it became apparent that these songs deserved to be shared.

The first Gordie Sampson Songcamp compilation consists of 15 songs representing the work of 22 Nova Scotia songwriters. The songs were chosen from over 150 songs written during Songcamp from 2010-2013 and range in style from the fine folk of “Harbourtown” to the contemporary pop/rap of “All The Time In the World” to the infectious reggae groove of “Flip Flops”. What these songs share is that they are stepping stones in the careers of many fine young writers.

Some of these are studio recordings, where the song has already found its way to a record… the rest are versions that were demoed at camp and then mixed later.

The Gordie Sampson Songcamp is run by volunteers and participation is free. If you’d like to support our efforts to help young Nova Scotia songwriters, here is how you can become a Friend of Songcamp:

Click Here to donate $10 and immediately receive a digital copy of the new Gordie Sampson Songcamp compilation.

Click Here to donate $20 and immediately receive a digital copy of the new Gordie Sampson Songcamp compilation + a physical copy of the CD in the mail.

Gift wrapping is available on orders placed by December 1, 2013.


“what a great song!”

We’ve all had that sentimental moment when a piece of music rushes from the speakers on the dashboard or through our headphones and connects with us as if it were being written for that moment. Now imagine chasing that moment down, getting to the heart of what makes that song move you, channeling that feeling and then writing your own song that sings to the rest of world. This is what the Gordie Sampson Songcamp is all about.

Every year some of the Maritimes’ most promising songwriters are hand-picked to take part in an intensive writing weekend conducted by award winning Canadian songwriter, Gordie Sampson. Sampson, along with musical heavy weights Steve MacDougall (Slowcoaster) and Carleton Stone as they apply equal parts good-times and pencil-grinding to help new writers discover the limits of their talents. And the proof of the camp’s success is in its history. Over the past four years the camp has grown from 10 songs and a handful of students to an all-out powerhouse weekend yielding over 100 tunes among 24 writers.

Some of the songs have already found homes on albums made by the participants while others were sketched out on work-tapes and demos during camp.

We’re looking forward to sharing The Gordie Sampson Songcamp compilation CD with you all very soon! Stay tuned for a release date in November 2013.


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