SAM WOOLF is a highly collaborative singer-songwriter known for his original compositions and pitch perfect vocals, Sam has been hailed as a "natural singer whose soul and passion are undeniable in every note he sings". Keith Urban noted, “You have that voice that’s just money".
His range of genres go from rock to pop and folk. Sam trained in voice for four years with noted opera singer Robert Lischetti. Grammy Award winning producer Danny Blume noted Sam's pitch was among the most accurate he has seen in 20 years in the studio. Sam's live performances and recordings have garnered millions of views on social media. Sam gained national recognition as a finalist on American Idol’s 13th Season where he placed in the Top 5. Sam was known as "two take" Sam by American Idol studio recording producers, due to his ability to lay down tracks ready for release with two takes.
In 2014, Sam independently released his debut EP Pretend, produced by Danny Blume which debuted at #9 on the Billboard Heatseeker’s Chart. In 2016 and 2017, Sam co-wrote and released three new singles, "Fast 'n' Dirty", "Call Me Crazy" and "Stop Thinking About It". Additionally, he recorded five original songs in 2017, including "On It", with the Como Brothers and noted engineer Kenta Yonesaka at Germano Studios in New York City. "On It" was released in 2018 and debuted at the Music Lodge at the Sundance Film Festival, an "Diamonds on My Chain" was released in 2019. Sam has performed at hundreds of public and private events in Florida, the Midwest and the Northeast.
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Interview with Sam Woolf
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Martin OM28 Acoustic Guitar, Apollo Twin Interface, LOGIC, AKG MODEL C2-14 Mic, with dedicated sound damped room. For major projects, I can use Grammy Award winning producer/Engineer Danny Blume's studio, in Woodstock NY (he's my cousin!), which is loaded with every classic piece of audio equipment imaginable. For orchestration, I can work with noted Guggenheim award winning composer Randy Woolf, in NYC (he's my Uncle).
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: All I need is my acoustic Guitar and some picks, paper and a pen.
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I feel I bring emotion and a high level intonation, pitch and timing accuracy, range and a compelling natural tone.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: My first actual job recording for somebody else was for student applying to a premier music school as a composer. I sang of his instrumental tracks, with one day turnover. He got into the school! I have worked with three world class level producers/engineers. 1) American Idol for Studio Recordings for the top five with engineer Bo Dozer. I was able to record the tracks in near record time in two takes, and was noted for my pitch (these are all on youtube and apple music) 2) I worked with Grammy winning producer Danny Blume who recorded my first EP, "Pretend". He again praised me for my pitch, and noted he has only worked with a small number of singers that had such accurate pitch. (on iTunes, Apple Music and Spotify). 3) I worked with Kenta in Germano Studios in NYC with the Como Bros, to record an EP ("On it" on spotify and "Diamonds" on spotify.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My first EP, Pretend, which I think shows a lot of emotion and tells about my personal journey.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: 3 covers to be released in England.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Learning and singing new songs.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Ed Sheeran, as he has so much all around talent with singing, performing and writing.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop and acoustic folk.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: James Taylor, John Mayer, and Ed Sheeran.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I am 23, I only know digital.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will do my best, put my heart and soul into it, and delivery a release-ready product.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Just because I am a performer, doesn't mean I am not shy.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What kind of approach are looking for.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Listen to my other studio recordings online (search "Sam Woolf")
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I trained with an opera singer voice coach for 4 years in high school. I went to the Berklee 5 week program, and tried out for American Idol my senior year of high school at 17, finishing 5th. I released my first EP produced by Grammy Award winning producer Danny Blume after American Idol, which reached #9 on the Billboard Heat Seekers chart. Since then I have been writing and self-releasing tracks, and peforming extensively at public and private events in Florida, Michigan and Northeast.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Less is more.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: First reach out the client to see what they are looking for. I listen the track, if available. I warm up, do some takes, and send a draft. Get input, and if necessary revise.