Bio

Sam Shinazzi

Sam Shinazzi is a singer/songwriter from Sydney, Australia.

‘Forever & For Now’ is his fifth album – ten new songs, his best batch yet and recorded accordingly so. Engineered and produced by long-time collaborator Adam Wes Gregorace, with touches of mixing brilliance from the skilled David Trumpmanis (Something For Kate, You Am I, The Church).

Like all great albums, it takes you on a journey. Songs of endings and beginnings, hope lost and found, and the stories along the way. Sam has developed into the kind of songwriter and performer that not only has a strong emotional bond with his listeners, but also has the respect of his peers.

A versatile live performer, Sam is at ease playing with his full band, as a duo or solo. As well as countless shows of his own, highlights of his live career include playing alongside Bonnie Prince Billy, Lou Barlow, Buffalo Tom, Mountain Goats, Evan Dando, Jose Gonzalez, Josh Rouse, Richmond Fontaine, Crooked Fingers, Darren Hanlon, Holly Throsby, Josh Pyke, Augie March and at festivals such as Peats Ridge, the Great Escape and Sydney Blues and Roots.

He has also had success co-writing, including working with Jenny Queen on all three of her albums.

Sam has toured the USA in 2005, 2009, 2012 and 2014/15, while the CBS television show ’The Unit’ featured his song ’Until Sunrise’ in its entirety during an episode with a worldwide audience and subsequent DVD release.

“Brilliant in his storytelling, with passionate choruses that would make Conor Oberst weak at the knees” – Aaron Curnow (Spunk! Records)

“Such a well written and performed album” – Peter Jesperson (New West Records)

“Like label-mate Perry Keyes, Shinazzi sets short stories to pieces of music that are instantly appealing. It’s as though he’s singing directly to you and you alone” – Pennyblack Music

“Shinazzi’s songs always feel strongly personal and intimate, seamlessly shaped out of the disappointments and consolations of life, honest and real” – Fasterlouder

“Understated, confessional writings, he makes his melodies sparkle” – Sydney Morning Herald

“Shinazzi’s personal narratives are beautiful and as gripping as his live shows” – Rolling Stone