Small and soft spoken in nature but deeply expressive on her chosen instrument, Sam Wilson translates her experiences into the language of music.
Fostering a love for music and other forms of art at a young age, Sam was drawn to the guitar after watching her older brother play along to classic rock bands like Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. While her taste in music would evolve over the years, her nostalgic nature keeps her connected to those sounds. Described as laid back and melodic, Sam’s style is influenced by jazz, progressive rock, folk and finger-style guitar.
Bandleader, creative music writer and improvisor, Sam is a motivated musician who’s constantly working on her craft. In addition to her Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from St. Francis Xavier University, Sam has also participated in acclaimed workshops at the Lunenburg Academy of Music. Sam’s performance experience includes the Halifax Jazz Festival, Prismatic Arts Festival, Open Waters Festival, and supporting nominated musicians at Nova Scotia Music Week, in addition to many corporate and wedding gigs around the maritimes.
After releasing her first solo, experimental, electric guitar EP Into a Heart in 2017, Sam is ready to unveil her first full-length album, Groundless Apprehensions. A self-described “sonic memoir”, Sam has unearthed her most positive, challenging, and deep reactions to her own life, creating compositions that reflect on the past and process it through music.
Canadian jazz veterans Paul Tynan (trumpet) and Tom Roach (drums), as well as Andrew Jackson (trombone) and Matt MacLellan (bass) were part of the quintet that brings Groundless Apprehensions to life. A nine-track album available online and as a compact disc, Groundless Apprehensions is a perfect representation of Sam’s old soul attitude, deep connection to instrumental music, and introspective, contemplative writing style.
Originally from Windsor, Ontario, Sam is currently based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia.