Carter SampsonWinter Wind welcomes Carter Sampson, an Okie-born singer/songwriter with a big voice. The music begins in The Depot, 200 S. Jones, on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 7:00 pm.  Refreshments are served. Tickets are $20.  

Carter Sampson’s journey as a naturally independent, free-spirited musician has seemed almost predestined at times. At age 15 Carter began experimenting with sound as a way to pass the time; now her creativity has matured into the dedicated and passionate performance that makes her a favorite female vocalist.

“I’m pretty much the same me working on the same goals … maybe a little more grown up. I think I am more confident than I was when I first started playing. I’ve always been brave, but I’m more sure of myself now,” Sampson exuded.  “I feel like I am right where I am supposed to be doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing” 

“Her lovely vocals have a gentle Okie lilt that’s at once comforting and an embodiment of all that’s good about red dirt music” says Doug Hill in a review. As a relatable artist, her empowering music appeals to a wide range of folks, who are incredibly and admirably loyal to her and her work. 

Sampson averages about 220 shows annually – in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas as well as Oklahoma and Arkansas. But the self-penned ‘Queen of Oklahoma,’ says her red boots are happiest when they’re on her home turf. 

Though she travels for the love of making music, she’s no stranger to awards. She was named a Top 12 Finalist in the 2012 Mountain Stage NewSong Contest and performed at Lincoln Center in New York. This year, she won first place in the general category of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest in Wilkesboro, N.C. with her song “Wild Bird.”  She also won fourth place in the Colorado-based Telluride Troubadour Contest at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and was a Top 10 Finalist in the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival’s Songwriters Showcase in Lyons, Colo. Her fourth full-length studio album, Wilder Side, was released in 2016. 

Carter Sampson website
Video: Queen of Oklahoma

Winter Wind Concerts are made possible in part by the City of Norman Parks and Recreation Department, by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council, the Norman Arts Council and by Contributors: Cindy Merrick, Therapy in Motion; Tom McAuliffe, Don Cies Real Estate; Keri and Hugh Young; Lohmann's Good Things!; The Montford Inn; and Native Spirits Winery. Additional support comes from Friends: Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School and Kindergarten; Bruce and Trisha Bunce; Nancy McClellan; Coredination Pilates; and Tom & Mary Cay Woodfin, and by Neighbors: Danna Primm; Dale Wares, Wares Properties; and EB Dancer.