Dave Sampson
Dave Sampson - No Pressure No Diamonds
Region: Cape Breton
Genre: Folk, Indie, Pop


Dave Sampson writes heart on your sleeve folk/pop song’s, delivered with a captivating and authentic voice that could blow down a brick house. His knack for crafting simple ear-worms and his high-energy shows have been winning him fans from coast to coast. Collaborating with some of Canada’s top exports such as Classified, Gordie Sampson, Donovan Woods & Neon Dreams as well as being chosen as one of five in Canada’s Walk of Fame emerging artist program, Dave has be working hard to solidify his position as one of Canada’s top emerging song-writers. 

In 2014, Dave released his anticipated debut album “No Pressure, No Diamonds” with producers Gordie Sampson, Carleton Stone and Dylan Guthro (Port Cities). It was nominated for Music Nova Scotia's POP album of the year, reached #1 on the ECC charts twice and received national airplay throughout Canada.   

Fast forward to 2015, Dave's song "No Pressure, No Diamonds" was sampled by Canadian Hip Hop icon Classified and released as his first single on the billboard charts via Atlantic Records. The song also features hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg. Dave also received a songwriting nod on Classifieds track “Oh No”, "Neon Dreams" singles “Find a Way” (currently charting)  & "Love Experts" which made it to the billboard EDM top 40. 

Dave has also been hand-picked as one of Nova Scotia's most promising young songwriters to take part in the prestigious, invitation-only Gordie Sampson Song camp for the past 5 years. Through this opportunity, he has been fortunate enough to collaborate with some of Canada’s most sought after writers: Gordie Sampson, Caitlyn Smith (Nashville), Mo Kenney, Donovan Woods, Port Cities and Neon Dreams. Dave was also invited to Germany in 2014 with songwriters Carleton Stone and Breagh Mackinnon to participate in a songwriting retreat followed by a 6 date tour throughout the country.


"Heartfelt, energized and emotional, Dave Sampson has obvious natural talent as a Maritime singer-songwriter. Recommended for fans of Joel Plaskett, David Myles and Hawksley Workman. _"

- Grant Lawrence (CBC Music)

“Dave Sampson writes a great, heartfelt pop song and has a warm, inviting, laid-back style that will no doubt appeal to a wide cross-section of people. It’s not hard to imagine his music lighting up the radio and drawing crowds” – the Scope, St. John’s, NL

" Is Dave Sampson Pop, folk or indie? Who cares if the songs are good!" - Stephan Cooke, Chronicle Herold