Auckland singer-songwriter samRB released her debut album 'Seems I Might Be Human' at Backbeat on September 30 with a band of well-known local musicians, including Mike Chunn, Greg Clark and Jordan Clark.
A songwriter since she was at school, Sam's unique sound grew from combining poetry with a few self-taught chords on a borrowed guitar. Over the years she has become a fully mature musician with a wide repertoire of original songs.
Mike Chunn, who has been a mentor to Sam, says "Sam's song-writing skills and the beautiful ambition that has propelled those songs to reality, makes for a story to be celebrated. Against many odds Sam has crawled, knelt and reached until she now stands tall with a body of work - an album of wonderful, brave and honest songs - that show her to be a major talent."
2010 has already seen one single Life Has Just Begun performed as the anthem at the end of the NZ film The Insatiable Moon. Producer Mike Riddell describes Sam as "quite simply, a brilliant musician - both a talented songwriter and gorgeous singer, she makes songs with depth and feeling and her album Seems I Might Be Human is one to look out for".
The album comprises 13 songs, with an unerring sense of melody and lyrics that are universally accessible. The lyrics are both poetic and narrative, telling stories and evoking feelings. Riddell describes it as "stemming from a journey into the fragile dignity of humanity".
'Life Has Just Begun' and another single 'To Whom It May Concern' have also been selected for The Insatiable Moon soundtrack, produced by Phil Yule and distributed by ODE records.
'Seems I Might Be Human' was produced, engineered, peformed on, mixed and mastered by Andrew Buckton at Studio 203.
The Mental Health Foundation of NZ and Like Minds Like Mine for part-funding this album with a NZ Mental Health Media Grant; Mike Chunn for his guidance and support; Andrew Buckton for his expertise as a musician, producer and engineer; Gabriel Ormsby and Gareth Edwards for their musical contributions to recordings; Tim Ingle for the album design and illustration; Phil Yule, Mike and Rosemary Riddell for their guidance and support; and The Band - Mike Chunn, Greg Clark, Dom Clark, Olivia Firmston and Jordan Clark for their support at the album launch.
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