We all know that artists who perform the songs get most of the recognition and credit but some artists don’t write their own songs.  This is where songwriters come in and we wanted to give some credit and recognition to the people who wrote those number one hits.  In this series we will feature a new songwriter paying some credit to their successes in the music business.

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We decided to start off and showcase Cape Bretons own Gordie Sampson.  Gordie who know resides in Nashville has written or co-written many songs for a boat load of artists across all genres of music.  He is most known for having cowritten Jesus Take the Wheel performed by Carrie Underwood.  This song won many wards for Gordie including a Grammy, 2 Junos, ACA Award, CMA Awards, CCMA awards to name a few.  Mr. Sampson currently has another song rising the charts with God, Your Mama and Me, performed by Florida Georgia Line & The Backstreet Boys.

Gordie has many other songs performed by artists that you may not be aware of.  Here is a long list of songs written or co-written by the talented Sampson.

  • “Wheels” – Steve Moakler (2017) CN Records
  • “City Girl” – Ryan Hurd (2016) Sony Music Entertainment
  • “God, Your Mama, and Me” – Florida Georgia Line (2016)
  • “Boomtown“ Performed by Will Chase and Hayden Panettiere on Nashville (2012 TV series) (2016)
  • “Hole In The World“ Performed by Hayden Panettiere on Nashville (2012 TV series) (2016)
  • “Love Drunk“ Steve Moakler (2016) Creative Nation
  • “All The Way“ Matt Andersen (2016) True North Records
  • “The Thing About Love“ Martina McBride (2016) Big Machine
  • “Everybody Wants To Be Loved“ Martina McBride (2016) Big Machine
  • “No Pressure“ Classified (rapper) ft. Snoop Dogg (2015) Half Life Records
  • “Down In Flames“ Chris Isaak (2015) Vanguard Records
  • “I Hope Its Me“ Brett Kissel (2015) Warner Music Canada
  • “Bombshell“ Ashley Monroe (2015) Warner Music Nashville
  • “We Need To Talk“ BACHMAN (2015) 12 Hit Wonder/Linus Entertainment
  • “Withdrawals“ Tyler Farr (2015) Columbia Nashville
  • “Can’t Say No To You“ Hayden Panettiere and Chris Carmack (2014) Big Machine
  • “Dreamgirl“ The Best of Me: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Hunter Hayes (2014) EMI Nashville / Relativity
  • “It’s Just My Heart Talkin’“ Los Lonely Boys (2014) BMI
  • “Let There Be Lonely“ Jonathan Jackson (2014) Big Machine
  • “Nothing Like Starting Over“ Hunter Hayes (2014) Atlantic
  • “Girl In Your Truck Song“ Maggie Rose (2014) RPM Entertainment
  • “747“ Lady Antebellum (2014) Capitol Nashville
  • “You Know You’re Home“ Tim Hicks (2014) RGK
  • “The Songwriters“ Willie Nelson (2014) Sony Music Entertainment
  • “Noise“ Radney Foster (2014) Devil’s River
  • “Talk Myself Outta Fallin’“ Radney Foster (2014) Devil’s River
  • “Falling So Hard“ Jimmy Rankin (2014) Fontana North
  • “Blame It All On You“ Jimmy Rankin (2014) Fontana North
  • “Let There Be Lonely“ Secret Sisters (2014) Republic Records
  • “Drink You Up“ Sarah Davidson (2014) Suretone Records
  • “Famous“ Kelleigh Bannen (2013) EMI Records Nashville
  • “Never Like This“ Danielle Bradbery (2013) Big Machine
  • “Jesus Take The Wheel“ Danielle Bradbery (2013) Big Machine
  • “Song About a Girl“ Eric Paslay (2013) EMI Records Nashville
  • “Good With Wine“ Eric Paslay (2013) EMI Records Nashville
  • “23 Degrees and South” Billy Currington (2013) Mercury Nashville
  • “Rodeo” Rachel Bradshaw (2013)
  • “My Favourite Picture Of You” Guy Clark (2013) Dualtone
  • “If I Had Another Heart” Randy Rogers Band (2013) MCA Nashville
  • “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart” Cassadee Pope (2013) Republic Nashville
  • “This Car” Cassadee Pope (2013) Republic Nashville
  • “Bourbon In Kentucky” Dierks Bentley (2013) Capitol Nashville
  • “All Cried Out” Kree Harrison, (May 2013) 19 Recordings
  • “Leave Love Alone” Carrie Underwood, Blown Away (May 2012) Arista
  • “Great Big Love” Rascal Flatts, Changed (April 2012) Big Machine
  • “Let It Hurt” Rascal Flatts, Changed (April 2012) Big Machine
  • “Over You By Now” – Jana Kramer (2012)
  • “Too Good To Be True” – Edens Edge (2012)
  • “Paper Heart” Stealing Angels, Stealing Angels (May 2011) Skyville Records
  • “One Last Goodbye” Donny & Marie Osmond, Donny & Marie (May 2011) MPCA
  • “Love Looks Good On You” Randy Travis & Kristin Chenoweth, Anniversary Celebration (June 2011) Warner Bros.
  • “She’s A Wildflower” (aka “Wildflower”) Lauren Alaina, Wildflower (October 2011) Mercury
  • “Tupelo” Lauren Alaina, Wildflower (October 2011) Mercury
  • “Storm Warning” Hunter Hayes, Hunter Hayes (October 2011) Atlantic
  • “Better In The Long Run” Miranda Lambert w/ Blake Shelton, Four the Record (November 2011) Sony Music
  • “My Favourite Picture of You” Jerry Jeff Walker, A Tribute to Guy Clark (November 2011) Icehouse Music
  • “Learning To Fly” Aselin Debison, Homeward Bound (2010) Aselin Music Inc
  • “Lie A Little” Aselin Debison, Homeward Bound (2010) Aselin Music Inc
  • “Close To You” Aselin Debison, Homeward Bound (2010) Aselin Music Inc
  • “Too Far To Drive” Aselin Debison, Homeward Bound (2010) Aselin Music Inc
  • “She’s A Wildflower” (aka “Wildflower”) Point of Grace, No Changin’ Us (March 2010) Word Entertainment
  • “Unmistakeable” Jo Dee Messina, Unmistakable (April 2010) Curb
  • “Damn The Rain” Randy Rogers, Band Burning The Day (August 2010) MCA Nashville
  • “Kiss Goodbye” Little Big Town, The Reason Why (August 2010) Capitol
  • “You’re Not Leaving Me” Martina McBride, Shine (March 2009) RCA/Sony
  • “Davey Jones” The Greencards, Fascination (April 2009)
  • “That Kinda Beautiful” Emerson Drive, Believe (May 2009) Valory
  • “Someday When I Stop Loving You” Carrie Underwood, Play On (November 2009) Arista Nashville
  • “This Time” Carrie Underwood, Play On (November 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 2008) Epic, Columbia Nashville
  • “538 Stars” Tara Oram, Chasing The Sun (October 2008) Open Road/Sugar Hill Records
  • “When I Said I Would” , Whitney Duncan (2007) Warner Bros.
  • “Open Road” , Whitney Duncan (2007) Warner Bros.
  • “Measure of a Man” Jack Ingram, This Is It (March 2007) Big Machine
  • “Get Me Through December” Alison Krauss, A Hundred Miles Or More: A Collection (April 2007) Rounder
  • “If I Had Your Name” Martina McBride, Waking Up Laughing (April 2007) RCA
  • “On Any Other Day” Bon Jovi, Lost Highway (June 2007) Island / Mercury
  • “Oh Love” Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood, 5th Gear (June 2007) Arista Nashville
  • “Get Out of This Town” Carrie Underwood, Carnival Ride (October 2007) Arista Nashville
  • “Just A Dream” Carrie Underwood, Carnival Ride (October 2007) Arista Nashville
  • “Words Get In The Way” Trace Adkins, Dangerous Man (August 2006) Capitol
  • “(When) God Made A Woman” Keith Urban, Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing (November 2006) Capitol
  • “Fear of Flying” Shelly Fairchild, Ride (May 2005) Sony Music Distribution
  • “You Or Somebody Like You” Keith Urban, Days Go By (May 2005) Capitol
  • “Paris” Faith Hill, Fireflies (August 2005) Warner Bros.
  • “Hurricane Jane” Colin Raye, Twenty Years and Change (October 2005) Aspirion
  • “Jesus, Take The Wheel” Carrie Underwood, Some Hearts (November 2005) Arista Nashville
  • “My Name” George Canyon, One Good Friend (September 2004) Universal South
  • “The Hard Way” Keith Urban, Be Here (September 2004) Capitol
  • “My Heart Beats For Love” Miley Cyrus, Can’t Be Tamed (July 1995) Hollywood Records
  • “King for A Day” Crush, Face in the Crowd (June 1995) Sonic
  • “So Sorry Mama” Whitney Duncan, Footloose Soundtrack Warner Bros.
  • “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

As you can see the list of songs written by Sampson and performed by other artists is quite long and distinguished.  We have no doubt that Sampson will have many more successful number one songs on the charts.

James Bennett

 

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