Sam Sparro

Sam Sparro

Part soul crooner, part pop star with an ever-morphing, chameleon-like quality, Sam Sparro coasts a fine line between disarmingly earnest and chic, credible cool. He has become known not only for his distinct, scale-defying vocals and epic live shows, but also as a visual artist and style icon, inspired as much by Jean-Paul Goode and Andy Warhol as he is by Prince and James Murphy. If you believe in destiny – music was Sams. If you don’t, perhaps you could explain this talent as ‘simply genetic’. His grandfather a celebrated Jazz musician, his father a gospel minister and recording artist, ...

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Return To Paradise

Return To Paradise

Black and Gold

Sam Sparro Shows and Performances

Sam Sparro performs 'Yellow Orange Rays' off his new album 'Return to Paradise' live for MTV's 'Local Produce'...

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Sam Sparro performs 'Happiness' off his new album 'Return to Paradise' live for MTV's Local Produce audience!...

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Full Biography

Part soul crooner, part pop star with an ever-morphing, chameleon-like quality, Sam Sparro coasts a fine line between disarmingly earnest and chic, credible cool. He has become known not only for his distinct, scale-defying vocals and epic live shows, but also as a visual artist and style icon, inspired as much by Jean-Paul Goode and Andy Warhol as he is by Prince and James Murphy.


If you believe in destiny – music was Sams. If you don’t, perhaps you could explain this talent as ‘simply genetic’. His grandfather a celebrated Jazz musician, his father a gospel minister and recording artist, his mother an organ player and his brother a professional guitarist – it was a childhood filled with music.


It was when his family moved from Australia to Los Angeles in 1993 that he became entrenched in music, spending every free moment playing his keyboard, programming beats, and singing with his church choir, led by the McCrary Sisters (who sang with musical legends- Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and Chaka Khan). His musical taste and knowledge stretches far and wide - from soul classics and pop obscurities to dance floor staples and mainstream delights.


Less than satisfied with the life of a regular 16 year old, Sam left school and the comforts of home and headed back to Sydney for a brief stint in music publicity.


Shortly after that he moved to London and paid the bills by working in major record label mailrooms. He was consumed with the energy of London's music and club scene and began moonlighting as a “bedroom” producer/songwriter.


A few years later Sam returned to Los Angeles and met Jesse Rogg, producer and label owner. They almost immediately became collaborators and soon after released Sam’s debut EP on Rogg's indie MODUS VIVENDI MUSIC imprint.


He scored a record deal with Island Records and in 2008 he hit the mark with his career changing single 'Black & Gold' – which was labelled “unquestionably, the single of the year!” (BBC).


His live performances found him touring with the likes of Adele and Robyn, eventually headlining his own tour and playing festivals around the world including Glastonbury and Coachella. The Guardian declared Sam “a superb singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and programmer” and “has what it takes to become a household name”.


From 2010 to 2012 years Sam has been working on his anticipated sophomore album RETURN TO PARADISE.




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