& sam gay
& life in the spotlight
Aired December 22, 2017
Country performers and songwriters, as well as husband-and-wife Sam Gay and Templeton Thompson have found the perfect blend of their love of music, of each other, and Templeton's passion for horses.
Sam is a long-time veteran in the music industry, starting out in Memphis playing guitar and singing in local bands, then being tapped to produce several independent record projects. When he moved to Nashville, he signed on as a staff songwriter at the legendary Acuff-Rose Publishing Company, where a number of his songs had tremendous success… including “Me and the Moon,” which was released on Bryan White’s million-selling debut album. And his songs have been recorded by the likes of Little Texas, Montgomery Gentry, Johnny Rodriguez, Bonnie Bramlett, and Ricky Van Shelton.... in addition to recording his own.
Templeton began writing music pretty early on, following an Arista Records internship. The legendary and much-loved Reba McEntire recorded one of Templeton's songs, in which she also performed as a backup singer. Her song, “Settle Down, Cinderella” was included in the “Dr. Dolittle 3” soundtrack. And Templeton and Sam provided music for the award-winning film producer and director, Cindy Meehl, who’s best known for her films “Buck” and “Unbranded.” The couple's music video for “When I Get This Pony Rode” was produced by Meehl and it reached #1 on Country Music Television and on Great American Country’s Top 10 list for eight weeks.
Currently, Templeton and Sam are on tour, performing at venues across the US. They're also doing a lot of good along the way, not only uplifting hearts, but also championing important issues like retired Thoroughbred racehorses through the retirement facility, Old Friends Equine, and bringing attention to Alzheimer's through their song "She Remembers Riding."