Debut Solo Release From One Half of Critically Acclaimed Duo Sam & Ruby
Sam Brooker, a performer and songwriter who rose to critical success as one half of the celebrated duo Sam & Ruby, alters course with premiere solo release Stay from the forthcoming self-titled EP. This tune, penned by Sam and Brent Anderson, springboards Sam from the duo and music business community back into the role of a solo performer with a production merging the lanes of country and hot adult contemporary.
“I had some big shoes to fill after my project with Ruby was named Associated Press’ ‘Album of the Year’, but I didn’t retire from the creative community by any means,” says Sam. “Since the duo, I’ve started a publishing company that had its first cut become Billboard’s ‘Top Selling Country Song of All Time’, Cruise recorded by Florida Georgia Line. I also co-founded a music technology company that automates the licensing of samples for producers and remixers adding a brand new income stream to the entire music ecosystem. Among those endeavors, I still had these songs that I wanted to bring to life. That’s how we got to Stay and the new EP.”
In a genre where one finds such variety as the EDM country of Keith Urban’s latest tune to the rap stylings of Sam Hunt and the traditional flavored tunes of Brandy Clark and Kacey Musgraves, Sam Brooker’s debut single wedges a home on the pop, easy listening swing of the pendulum. On Stay, Sam’s warm vocal sparks embers of Vince Gill juxtaposed with 90s alternative and pop acts like Savage Garden and Vertical Horizon. The lamenting lyrics that this Green Bay native emotes culminates into a chorus with the lines: “I know you’re breaking my heart, but I don’t want to lose you yet. It’s gonna kill me either way. So why don’t you stay.”
Fan can purchase the single online now by clicking here and can expect the full project to drop in late October.
About Sam Brooker
Reared among the humble community of Green Bay, WI, Sam took to both piano and guitar via lessons from his dad. James Taylor, Lyle Lovett and Paul Simon were some of the first artists Sam became familiar with on those instruments. He would transition to Music City after high school and honed his songwriting craft and music business knowledge. After development deals with DreamWorks and RCA, he found his performance footing as the duo Sam & Ruby with his friend Ruby Amanfu. They would go on to release The Here and Now that the Associated Press proclaimed as “Album of the Year.” Songs from the duo were licensed to TV and film including major motion picture releases “The Secret Life of Bees” and “Hope Springs.” He would step out of the performance world for a period to garner record breaking success in the publishing arena. Founding Artist Revolution (AR), a publishing company, the company’s first cut would become Billboard’s longest running #1 and the “Top Selling Country Song of All Time” with the release of Cruise by Florida Georgia Line, co-written by his writer Jesse Rice. AR would go on to secure additional cuts with Florida Georgia Line and acts like Kristian Bush, Chase Rice and Colt Ford. Also in the business arena, he founded Remix Hits with Matt Wilder, a tech company that is developing software to automate the process of sampling and licensing to create new revenue streams for the entire music ecosystem. With the catalog of works that he had built along the journey since Sam & Ruby, he compiled his top selections across the country and adult contemporary genre and will be releasing a full self-title EP in late October featuring the debut single Stay.