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The Back-Roads of Inspiration: A look into the life of Grammy Award Winning Songwriter Gordie Sampson


In this episode, I speak with arguably one of the most successful songwriters in today’s music industry, Gordie Sampson. With many number one and chart-topping hits and awards (even a Grammy!) under his belt, Gordie came from humbled beginnings on Cape Breton Island and worked his way to the top of the music industry in Nashville, Tennessee. A musician, songwriter, producer, performer, and so much more, Gordie is truly a force to be reckoned with and is in very high demand for his talents!

One of Gordie’s most notable accomplishments as a songwriter is the multi-award-winning song, “Jesus Take the Wheel,” performed by Carrie Underwood, which awarded him and their team a Grammy Award in 2006. Gordie has written songs with and for some of the biggest stars in the music industry, including Keith Urban, Willie Nelson, LeAnn Rimes, Faith Hill, Jake Owen, Blake Shelton and many others.

On top of all of this, in 2010, Gordie launched The Gordie Sampson Songcamp, where he and other prominent musicians and members of the music industry from across the globe give young Nova Scotian songwriters mentorship, tools and insider tracks to take their careers to new heights, and knowledge to take their skills to new heights.

When the pandemic hit, much like all of us, he needed to adapt his career to a more virtual workflow. He packed himself and his family up and came back to his hometown here in Cape Breton to continue working virtually, right here from his home.

Its conversations like these that I know will be good for your soul and will remind us all about the importance of hard work, believing in yourself, and reaching for those big dreams that you have been thinking about.


Episode 7

Season 1

by Annette Verschuren