Sam Gay began his music career in Memphis TN as a member of a hard working young cover band. He became interested in the recording process after the band's first recording session at Ardent Recording Studios. Soon after, Sam began acquiring whatever recording equipment he could afford and turning his parents' living room into a recording studio/rehearsal hall. Eventually, he was tapped to produce several independent record projects- one of which, landed on the Billboard Hot 100 Country chart.
In 1989, he moved to Nashville. He was signed as a staff songwriter at the Acuff-Rose Publishing company where he wrote "Me And The Moon" which was recorded by Bryan White on Bryan's million-selling debut album. Sam has also been a staff writer at Hamstein Music Group, Bluewater Music, Edisto Music, and Corlew Music Group/Windswept Pacific Music. His songs have been recorded by Little Texas, Montgomery Gentry, Bryan White, Johnny Rodriguez, Ricky Van Shelton, Bonnie Bramlett and others. His song “Take The Wheel” was a top-10 single for Canadian artist Deric Ruttan. Recording song demos gave Sam the opportunity to work with Nashville's very best session players and engineers in world-class recording studios and to further hone his production skills. He is the long-time producer/co-writer and sideman for Templeton Thompson.
Sam's list of musical influences is long and varied. “I'm a big music fan and still listen to everything from Roy Acuff to ZZ Top.” He lists singer/songwriter Mac McAnally, guitarist Larry Carlton and “everything that came out of Southern California from '71- '75” as his musical center of gravity.
Sam's musical compositions and recordings have been used in numerous television programs and commercials. He composed and recorded musical cues for the DVD series “7 Clinics with Buck Brannaman”. Recently, Sam composed and recorded original music for the documentary “Dogs On The Inside”.
You can find her songs on million-selling CD's from country superstars Reba McEntire, Jo Dee Messina and Little Texas. Her song, “Settle Down Cinderella” is featured in the 20th Century Fox Motion Picture, “Dr. Doolittle 3.” Templeton has been featured in Cowboys & Indians Magazine as well as in Western Horseman who included her in “an eclectic list of cowboy artists and songs, old and new, that warrant a look and listen.” Templeton is one of Nashville's sought-after session vocalists having sung countless demos as well as background vocals for major label artists. She has performed on stage for audiences across the US, in Europe and in Japan. Templeton recently teamed up with Cindy Meehl (the award winning director of Buck the film) to make a music video for Templeton's song, “When I Get That Pony Rode.” The music video premiered on CMT.com and climbed to #1 in its first week & made it's network TV debut on GAC's Daily Countdown show. templetonthompson.com