Today the spotlight falls on a singer/songwriter whose sound embodies the roots of rock and pop music: Sam Tieger.
Originally from a small suburb in Ohio near Cincinnati, Sam had a passion for singing and writing songs and grew up in a home that was always filled with music. Her parents taught her about artist such as Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, and Joni Mitchell.
When she was a teenager in the early 2000’s, Tieger and her friends followed the music and beats of their generation of artists. When she was 13 Sam convinced her parents to take her and friends to see a young Taylor Swift and that decision changed Tieger’s life.
“She was on her first tour or something, playing at a Wal-Mart. Seems funny now, of course, but after seeing her at that show, I knew I wanted to do exactly what she was doing. I wanted to be up there, singing my songs, I knew it was my future.”
At the age of 15 Sam entered the studio to record her first demo, “The feeling of taking a song that I wrote in my living room and bringing it to life was like nothing I’d ever experienced up to that moment. It was magical.”
During her college years, Sam brought her songs with her to Raleigh/Durham, NC and during the day she would study the romance languages and in the evening, play at local clubs and bars to very grateful audiences. “At first it was just my friends coming down to have a few beers and support me and then it became more of like, you know, a regular thing that I was there. I learned so much from all of the other musicians that would play. I opened for metal bands, R&B acts and other singer songwriters like me and it just made me that much more determined.”
After Raleigh, Sam moved to Nashville to pursue her goals and worked with world renowned songwriters on honing her craft and producer Norbert Putnam best known for his work with Jimmy Buffett and Joan Baez, among others. “Co-writing really got me to a place where I wasn’t afraid of being quirky or testing out new types of songs. Working with such experienced artists really lead me to embrace and experiment with more eclectic styles,” adds Sam.
After a couple of years in Nashville, Sam has come full circle and returned to her native city Cincinnati and will be putting out new songs channeling all that she has seen and experienced. “It feels great to be back in Cincinnati and I’m so excited about this next step. I feel lucky to have found something I’m so passionate about and to be able pursue my dream,” says Sam.
Sam will be releasing her first new track “Back Together Again,” and that will be the beginning of the roll out of several of her new songs. “I want fans to go on this journey with me, so as I develop as an artist, they can see it happening and they can share their own journeys with me through social media, emails, etc. My generation is all about communication and I look forward to adding my voice to that as soon as possible.”
Listen to her new track “Back Together Again” below:
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