In 2014, Dave released his anticipated debut album “No Pressure, No Diamonds” with producers/collaborators Carleton Stone, Gordie Sampson and Dylan Guthro (Port Cities). With the released of this album, “ No Pressure No Diamonds” 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. Dave was also invited to Germany in 2014 with songwriters Carleton Stone and Breagh Mackinnon to participate in a songwriting retreat followed by a tour.
Fast forward to 2015, Dave's song "No Pressure, No Diamonds" was picked up by Canadian Hip Hop icon Classified and released as his first single on the billboard charts via Atlantic Records. Currently still charting, the song also features hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg. Dave also received a songwriting nod on Classifieds “Oh No” track on his album “Grateful”, "Neon Dreams" singles “Find a Way” & "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.
"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)
Not only is Dave Sampson a fantastic singer/songwriter, but his live performance during both shows (as a band and as a solo artist) was second to none. The level of comfort that he and his band have on stage oozes with every movement made.”
- HalifaxBloggers.ca @ EAST COAST MUSIC WEEK 2016