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Cape Breton University Spring Convocation to be Celebrated This Weekend

Local Physician and Grammy Award-Winning Artist to Receive Honorary Degrees

Cape Breton University (CBU) will celebrate the accomplishments of more than 630 graduates during its Spring Convocation ceremony being held on Saturday, May 11 at 2 p.m. at the CBU Canada Games Complex. In addition to honouring the academic achievements of the 2013 graduating class, CBU will bestow honorary degrees on local physician, Dr. Andrew Lynk and Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter, Gordon (Gordie) Sampson. Both will receive a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa.

During the ceremony, graduates, their families and friends will be treated to a musical selection from award-winning Cape Breton singer/songwriter Gordie Sampson. Still early in his career, Sampson has already experienced great success in the music industry, with accolades that include a Grammy Award, a Juno Award, and two American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Awards, a Nashville Songwriters’ Association Award, a Country Music Association Award, a Canadian Country Music Association Award and 14 East Coast Music Awards. In addition to the four solo albums that Mr. Sampson has released, he has written and co-written songs for some of the biggest stars in the music industry such as Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes, Bon Jovi, Donnie and Marie Osmond, Randy Travis and Miley Cyrus. He has also produced albums for Natalie MacMaster and Damhnait Doyle.

Valedictorian, Nicole MacDougall of New Waterford, N.S., hopes to share with her fellow graduates the message that a graduate’s success is in part due to community support and how Cape Breton University provides that.

The convocation ceremony is available online at www.cbu.ca/convocation. Send congratulatory messages via Twitter using the hashtag #CBUGrad2013.

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE - http://www.cbu.ca/news/cape-breton-university-spring-convocation-be-celebrated-weekend


Gordie Take the Wheel

Cape Breton is justifiably well known for its traditional music players. We have many world class fiddlers, piano players & singers who perform internationally.

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However, when I was writing my last blog about Buddy MacDonald, I was reminded of the depth of songwriting talent that this tiny beautiful island has produced as well. We seem to have an unusually high number of musicians for our population and the same can be said for songwriters.

These artists often tell our stories but write in such a way that their songs can relate to people everywhere. I think of Rita MacNeil’s inspiring, “Flying On Your Own” or Bruce Guthro’s, “Falling”.

Songs are like powerful little movies that touch some inner part of us. Sometimes it’s a melody we can’t get out of our head. Other times the lyrics tell a story that almost seems to be written specifically about us. These are gifts that songwriters share with us.

Gordie Sampson, from Big Pond, is another in a long line of terrific Cape Breton songwriters. Depending on where you’re from, you might know him as Frank & Flo’s boy, guitar player with the Band Realworld or the Grammy winning songwriter of the Carrie Underwood hit, “Jesus Take the Wheel”.

Gordie lives in Nashville for much of the year where he writes songs with and for American artists like Bon Jovi, Faith Hill, Keith Urban, Martina MacBride, Trace Atkins and many more.

The cycle of songwriting slows in the summer months in Nashville because the artists are all out on the road singing the songs that folks like Gordie have written. This is perfect as it means that Gordie gets to spend his summers in Cape Breton where he pursues his own projects like the Gordie Sampson Songcamp. Here, he shares what he has been learning in Nashville with up and coming songwriters

Just as he is quietly helpful to many Canadian artists when they visit Nashville, Gordie’s Songcamp helps to ensure that we continue to turn out quality songwriters here. That’s just the way nice kids from Big Pond operate.


Alison Krauss, Tony Lane, Gordie Sampson, Jimmy Rankin Perform at Linden Waldorf School 8th Annual Spring Gala

The Linden Waldorf School is pleased to announce its 8th Annual Spring Gala. The special event will feature top Nashville songwriters including Alison Krauss, Tony Lane, Jimmy Rankin, Gordie Sampson and several special guests. They will entertain attendees during an ‘Evening of Music in the Round and Traditional Dance.’

Music In The Round

Music In The Round

Alison Krauss has 27 Grammy Awards on her resume already and is still actively touring and recording. She is internationally recognized as one of the top bluegrass and traditional country musicians and vocalists. Tony Lane is an A-list Music Row songwriter with many hits to his name. He co-penned ‘Hello World’ (Lady Antebellum), ‘I Need You’ (Tim McGraw and Faith Hill), ‘This Ain’t No Love Song’ (Trace Adkins), and had a #1 hit with Easton Corbin‘s ‘Roll with It.’ Gordie Sampson is a hit songwriter from Nova Scotia, Canada, who continues to clock up smash hits with Carrie Underwood (‘Jesus, Take the Wheel,’ ‘Just A Dream,’ ‘Get Out Of This Town’) and had his songs recorded by Keith Urban, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert and even Bon Jovi. Jimmy Rankin also hails from Nova Scotia, Canada and is the winner of five Juno Awards and seven Canadian Country Music Awards. He has released five albums and can count Keith Urban among his fans. In a guest appearance, Urban provided his famous guitar licks on Rankin’s 2011 single ‘Here in My Heart.’

In addition to the songs and dances, there will be a lively auction and you can dine on fantastic food. The evening will benefit Waldorf education in Nashville. For more information or if you would like to reserve a table, please call (615) 354-0270 or visit our website at www.lindenwaldorf.org

What? Linden Waldorf School 8th Annual Spring Gala
When? Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 7:00 PM
Where? Marathon Music Works, Clinton Street, Nashville, TN
Tickets? You can book your tickets via ticketsnashville.com.


Brett James, Hillary Lindsey, Gordie Sampson Team with Louisville Orchestra for Music City Hit-Makers

by Liv Carter December 18, 2012 – Urban Country News

Three of Nashville’s elite songwriters, Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson will be heading to Louisville to perform with Music City Hit-Makers at the Louisville Orchestra on Saturday, January 12th at 8 PM. These heavy-hitters have five Carrie Underwood #1 hits between them and countless cuts with the biggest artist in country music. This will be ‘the Bluebird Cafe meets a full scale philharmonic orchestra’ and is an event not to be missed.

 

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