Gordie Sampson Inks With Bug Music

Front (L-R): Bug Music CEO John Rudolph, and Gordie Sampson; Back (L-R): Sheri Jones, Jones & Co. Artist Management; Betsy Anthony, Bug Music Sr. Mngr, Creative/Writer Services

Bug Music Publishing has signed a new co-publishing deal with songwriter Gordie Sampson, the award winning co-writer of “Jesus, Take The Wheel” and other charttopping hits.

Sampson has had cuts by Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill, Keith Urban, Bon Jovi, and Martina McBride. Among his numerous national and international awards are the 2007 Grammy for Best Country Song, Juno Award for Songwriter of the Year, and ASCAP Song of the Year Award for “Jesus, Take The Wheel.” He is also a 2010 Grammy nominee for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for “Swan Feathers” (Leslie Mendelson), and was recently honored by ASCAP for Underwood’s “Just a Dream.”

Bug Music CEO John Rudolph announced the new agreement which includes Sampson’s future works. Previously, Bug had handled Sampson through his co-publishing agreement with Windswept.

Bug’s catalog has over 250,000 copyrights including the classics “What a Wonderful World,” “Fever” and “Happy Together,” as well as songs from Johnny Cash, Pete Townshend, Woody Guthrie, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ashley Gorley (Carrie Underwood, Trace Atkins), Kara DioGuardi (Pink, Jonas Brothers, Celine Dion), Ryan Adams, and Kings of Leon.

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