Sam Sparro


In 2008 singer Sam Sparro had “Black And Gold”, but what does he have now…?

Australian singer Sam Sparro (born Sam Falson in 1982) was signed to Island Records in 2006 and began recording his debut album. He released his debut single “Cottonmouth” in late 2007, but this failed to chart. His follow up “Black And Gold” did and would become a huge hit all over the globe, reaching No.2 in the UK, No.4 in Australia and making No.12 on the US dance chart.

The following month he released his self-titled debut album which made the top ten in the UK and gain a Gold certification for sales of 100,000 copies. It fared less well in his home country where it reached No.23 and made the top ten on the US dance albums chart. Two further singles were released from the album, “21st Century Life” (Aus No.42, UK No.44) and “Pocket”.

Sam provided guest vocals on a number of songs over the next few years which included Basement Jaxx’s “Feelings Gone” (2009) and Dutch DJ’s collaboration with DMC (of Run DMC) “Corrected” in 2010, the same year Sam released an EP entitled “Pink Cloud”. Sam began writing his second album at the point and released the single “Happiness” in early 2012. The album “Return To Paradise” followed too after but only managed No.41 in Australian and did not chart at all in the UK. The singles “I Wish I Never Met You” and “Yellow Orange Rays” found success in Belgium but limited appeal elsewhere.

Sam’s next project was a trilogy of EP’s under the title of “Quantum Physical”, the first volume of which came in 2014 with the remaining two parts in 2015 and 16 respectively. Again these proved successful in Belgium as well as digitally. In 2015 Sam recorded the song “If I Can’t Have You” with fellow Australian Kylie Minogue for her EP “Kylie + Garibay”, produced by American artist Fernando Garibay, which also included collaborations with Shaggy and Giorgio Moroder.

In recent years, Sam has been based in Los Angeles and worked with artists like Honey Dijon as well as writing songs for a number of other artists including Adam Lambert, Katharine McPhee and Little Boots. A new collaboration with Nomi Ruiz has recently been completed and awaits release as does another with British singer Tawiah. Sam married his partner, DJ Zion Lennox, in September 2018 in California, where he divides his time between there and the United Kingdom.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!