Samuel Lee performs an exclusive acoustic version in his Nashville studio for the NYAC.
Samuel Lee is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and recording artist based in Nashville, TN.
Inspired by the decades long tradition linking rock and roll, Americana, and Soul singers, his sound recalls each, oscillating between strident and pleading, contemplative and celebratory.
From an exuberant, arts-centered childhood to an adolescence marked by drugs, difficulty and relocation, singing was one of very few threads of stability in Samuel’s early days. A multi-instrumentalist and popular music enthusiast nearly all his life, he credits his love for rock and roll with having both saved, and shaped his life.
In 2011 Samuel released his first album, Better Half under “Sam Lee” and began touring regionally in Colorado, Utah and Texas. Two years later came Raise Your Flag, a 13 song LP produced by Samuel and longtime friend and co-writer Randall Kent. Less than one week following the Raise Your Flag’s release, Samuel moved his home base to Nashville.
Shortly after moving, signings with LA based publisher Lyric House and NACA booking agency Metropolis Management followed, along with opening slots for Allen Stone, 3 Doors Down, Vertical Horizon, The Wild Feathers, Matthew Perryman Jones and The Fray.
In 2017 Samuel toured for the first time overseas, in Australia. During his two months down under, MIRRORS began to take shape: A two-part, four song EP produced by Jars of Clay guitarist and producer Matthew Odmark.
Following the Spring 2018 release of MIRRORS, Vol. 1, Samuel did a second tour abroad in Germany, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and The Netherlands, accompanied by writing partner and prolific country songwriter Olivia Rudeen.
In the late Summer of 2018, Samuel became an artist ambassador for Musicares, the Grammy Academy’s philanthropy arm. He has since partnered with other ambassadors, numerous Nashville-based artists, businesses and music patrons to raise funds and awareness for Musicares, whose mission is to provide aid to members of the music community in times of personal, medical or financial crisis.