Carter Sampson is an Okie born, award winning, nationally touring, singer-songwriter. Blessed by a musical legacy from a family that includes such talents as Roy Orbison, Carter’s journey as a musician seems to have been predestined. A naturally independent free spirit, what started as a pass-time at age 15 had matured into a dedicated passion of creation and performance. Her empowering, relate-able and appealing music has garnered her an incredibly diverse and loyal fan base. Audiences and sound engineers alike find that appearances can be deceiving as this diminutive figure delivers a powerful and compelling performance. Carter has made several appearances at the songwriter’s Mecca, The Blue Door, both opening for artists such as Patrice Pike and Susan Gibson as well as headlining her own shows. She has also played The Blue Door's Annual Tribute to Woody Guthrie along with Ray Wylie Hubbard and Kevin Welch. Her radio debut was made on 107.7 FM's “For the Sake of the Song” radio show with “I’ll Be Around”. Since then her music has had radio play across the nation. Carter also plays many outdoor festivals which have included The Red Dirt Ball in Medicine Park, OK, the Paseo Arts Festival, the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts, The Illinois River Jam and has performed several times at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah, OK. Nationally, Carter has entertained in the subways of Boston creating a following there that quickly led to club dates in Boston and Cambridge including Leslie College. Carter Sampson tours nationally playing over 200 shows a year.
November 2008 brought the release of her fourth album "Good for the Meantime" recorded with Travis Linville (Hayes Carll's Band) at DirtyBird Studios and mastered by Grammy Award Winner Garrett Hines at Treelady studios. Sampson has had a great response to the tours supporting "Good for the Meantime" and the album has sold many copies through iTunes and at live shows.
In April 2011 Carter launched her newest project "Mockingbird Sing" on www.kickstarter.com. She gave fans and backers 30 days to raise the money to record and release her 3rd studio album. By offering rewards such as exclusive songs, tee shirts, posters and house concerts Carter's fans backed her project 105% by raising over $6,000 with 90 backers. Mockingbird Sing was released 11-11-11! The new CD has 11 original songs and includes "John Hardy" a traditional tune recorded by artist such as Woody Guthrie and The Carter Family. "Mockingbird Sing" features Carter's band, The County Seat, and was recorded at East Hall Studios in Fayetteville, AR and mastered at Treelady Studios in Pittsburg, PA.
In October 2012 Carter Sampson was named as a finalist in the 11th annual Mountain Stage NewSong Contest. This years contest had over 2,000 entries with 12 artist awarded as finalists. The NewSong showcase and competition were held at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in NY, NY. Sponsors included The Lincoln Center, Mountain Stage, ASCAP and American Songwriter Magazine. She also received an Honorable Mention prize from The Telluride Blue Grass Festival's Troubadour Contest.
In November 2014 Carter Sampson released her first digital solo acoustic EP "Thirty Three" recorded at TreeLady Studio in Pittsburg, PA and is currently working on her fifth studio album with Travis Linville and John Moreland in Norman, OK (scheduled for release in spring 2015).
"Fly Over the Moon" is available on iTunes and www.cdbaby.com
"Good for the Meantime” is available on iTunes and www.cdbaby.com
"Mockingbird Sing" is available on iTunes, www.cartersampson.net and http://cartersampson.bandcamp.com
"Thirty Three" is available on iTunes, http://cartersampson.bandcamp.com
2012 Telluride Bluegrass Festival "Honorable Mention"
2012 Mountain Stage NewSong Contest top 12 Finalist
2012 Northwest Arkansas Music Award Winner- "Best Female Singer Songwriter"
2012 NAMA Nominee- "Best New Artist" "Album of the Year"
2007 Payne County Line Oklahoma Music Award Winner- "Best Female Acoustic Artist of the Year"
2007 Payne County Line Oklahoma Music Award Winner- "Demo of the Year"
Oklahoma Gazette Woody Award Winner- "People's Choice"