Singer/songwriter, bandleader, and human being Samantha Bowers was born in the small town of Derby, Connecticut. Sam first began writing songs at age 12 while taking piano lessons and listening to Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel and Freddie Mercury playing on the family stereo. By 16, Sam developed a love of jazz and began to study the great female vocalists of the century (mainly Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James and Sarah Vaughn) as she started to perform original compositions in local Connecticut and New Jersey venues. She would go on to release three albums at the ages 15, 17 and 19.
In 2013 at age 19, Sam packed up and moved to New York to pursue music and songwriting, playing events and restaurants while building connections in the music scene. Sammy Rae & The Friends was born from a collection of talented musicians and peers. SR&TF would play shows around the NY Metro area as Sam kept composing and sharpening her craft, culminating in the July 2018 release of the self-produced EP ‘The Good Life’, premiered to a sold-out crowd at C’Mon Everybody in Brooklyn. The release marked a fresh start for the seasoned vocalist showcasing her skills as a composer, arranger, lyricist, and bandleader on her fourth release. The band has since sold-out every show in NYC in 2019, from Brooklyn Bowl to Le Poisson Rouge, enjoyed several tours in the USA and South America, acquired over 10 million streams on Spotify and Apple Music, and received praise from American songwriters David Crosby, Theo Katzman, Becca Stevens and LP, and acting stars Chris Evans, Ethan Slater and Caitlin Kinnunen. In 2019 Sammy Rae was signed to Nettwerk Music group, with whom they are working on a new EP slated for release January 2021. SR&TF lyrics focus on themes of coming-of-age, defiance, and self-expression. Sammy’s genre blending performances are high-energy, honest and quirky, influenced by the great performances of her childhood classic rock heroes.
Who are The Friends?
In short, Sammy Rae & The Friends are the 8 faces of our community, ‘The Friends’. The members are full-time and uniquely talented in several studies of music. From world to jazz to funk, folk and rock, we’ve got all the bases covered.
We are an 8 piece band consisting of a rhythm section, a horn section, and background singers + dancers. On a grander scale, The Friends is the community of followers, artists and creatives who help us in the creation of these songs and this world. Our mixing engineer, band photographer, graphic designer, budget manager, and everyone who hangs around our shows supporting our vision.
Our shows are safe spaces for you to do your thing; Raise your voice, wear your funky clothes, and dance how you like. We don’t have fans, we have Friends.
Sponsored by Barr Hill, Oak Meadow, and The Richards Group