Sam grew up as the youngest of a musical family in the woods west of Madison, Wisconsin. He started out on piano, has played trumpet and tuba, but settled in on guitar when he was 7. He quickly developed into an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter who has performed on NPR (at just 16), and throughout the Midwest including Milwaukee's Summerfest and the Isthmus Jazz Fest. He has won several awards including 8 MAMA’s (Madison Area Music Awards). Sam recently deferred his scholarship to the Berklee College of Music to focus on recording his 3rd full length album, "Trance", which was released on 12/4/14.