Sam RB is a full time singer-songwriter, musician and recording artist. She has two albums, a track in NZ film ‘The Insatiable Moon‘ and the New Zealand Olympic Song to her name. Sam RB will be recording her 3rd album this year after returning from touring California (July). Her music is described by award winning writer Graham Reid as - “Thoughtful acoustic folk, songs of intimacy and emotional uncertainty, her voice is pure but also offers unadorned emotion. She reveals a fragility which many could readily identify with…it’s a damn fine album.”
Early in life, Sam RB was draw to songwriting in an attempt to make sense of the world. On leaving school she was forced to step back from her music. While she continued to write, songs came alive behind closed doors and were seldom shared. It took 21 years for Sam RB to find her way back to the music, the catalyst being her debut album ‘Seems I Might Be Human’.
Following its release in late 2010, she found herself on Queen Street busking to cover some of the post production costs. Unexpectedly finding a place her music was readily accepted, Sam RB continued busking and has now funded and self released her second album, ‘Queen Street Acoustics’. She says,
“Every person that has bought my debut album, coined or simply smiled as they walked past – you have supported my work and made this 2nd album possible. Heartfelt thanks to you all”
‘Queen Street Acoustics’ was developed on Queen Street and captures the wonderful and life-changing transition, from being house-bound to performing live hundreds of times every year.
There are 14 tracks on the album and four of them are co-written,” Sam says. “Two tracks had lyrics written by Mike Chunn (Split Enz) and two by US songwriter Jemi Blue, and I absolutely loved composing the music and working with their words.”
It is an album of exploration and discovery. The diverse tracks encompass everything from love songs to social issues such as bullying and the rights of children. There are also reflections on psychosis and depression, and a tribute to NZ artist, the late Don Binney.
Sam RB lives as a full-time musician providing live music whenever she can including corporate and private events, bars, restaurants, festivals, sports awards and markets…and still very much enjoys busking on Queen Street, Auckland!
Queen Street Acoustics review: By award winning travel, art and music writer Graham Reid