Bio – December 2021

About Sam

Sam Shinazzi is a singer/songwriter from Sydney, Australia. Since 2003 he has released five critically acclaimed albums, with his sixth album now recorded and scheduled for a 2022 release.

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 act. 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 her first three 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. Sam has also had songs feature in the recent Australia films ‘Broke’ and ‘Book Week’.

About the song ‘I Wrote A Book For You’ – released August 1, 2019

Writer/director Heath Davis asked me to write a song for the closing credits to his film ‘Book Week’.  A brand new song about a film I was yet to see. He gave me the movie title and some genre direction, which ended up being SAM-like anyway. The song came easily enough to me, and thankfully all those involved with the film loved it too. I then asked Michael Carpenter to put his touch on it, which he did brilliantly at Love HZ Studios. The song fits directly with the other new songs and works in progress for the next album, both musically and thematically. This is a special song for me with a tonne of meaning; I hope others get some feelings out of it too.

Past Quotes:
“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” – Daniel Herborn (Writer)

“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