A&R Factory Present: Sam Nicolosi

“If I were to break down what ‘Realign’ is about, I’d say it is about returning to your roots. Sometimes you have to forget what you’ve learned about “who you’re supposed to be” and listen to that inner voice inside that just wants you to be happy.” – Sam Nicolosi

Sam Nicolosi is a singer/songwriter and producer, born and raised in Evanston, IL located just outside of Chicago. During elementary school, Sam began playing the djembe, shortly thereafter picking up the piano and guitar. During those years, Sam had also developed a love for poetry. He began hearing melodies when he played music, and, eventually, those poems started becoming songs. Having grown up listening to a mixture of alt-pop and hip-hop along with music from the 60’s and 70’s, Sam pulled from each of those genres as he began writing and creating. At the young age of 12, Sam’s parents bought him a ProTools rig and he began recording his songs; however, too shy to sing in public, he formed a duo, allowing a friend of his to sing the songs he had written.

A year later, Sam started gaining confidence in his voice and released his first solo, acoustic EP. About his music, Sam stated, “I am mainly a guitarist (acoustic is my heart and soul) and my sound is made up of reversed/chopped & screwed guitars. But along with the guitar I also play piano, hand drums, and so on. I pick up everything.” As his skill developed, Sam began releasing small projects, each one leaving him hungrier for more and more time in the studio; more and more time expressing himself creatively.

Those days increased, leaving little time for much else which eventually caused the young musician to leave school. Eventually his music was put in the hands of songwriter Julie Frost (Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Black Eye Peas, Charlie Puth, Meghan Trainor, etc) who immediately sent it to her publisher, Jon Platt. After meeting Jon in Chicago to talk about music, Sam signed a deal with Warner Chappell Music where he began writing and producing daily, truly honing his skills. It was during this time that his summer project “Origins” was created. A collection of 13 songs, mainly written and produced by Sam alone, leading with single, “Realign”, an uptempo record about returning to your roots when you feel lost. “Origins” will be released in 2017.

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