Sam Roberts

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Sam Roberts
Sam Roberts - Mercury Lounge.jpg
Roberts performing in New York, NY in February 2014.
Background information
Born(1974-10-02) October 2, 1974 (age 39)
Westmount, Quebec, Canada
OriginMontreal, Quebec, Canada
GenresRock, Indie Rock
OccupationsSinger-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Guitar
Bass
Violin
Years active2000 - present
LabelsSecret Brain
MapleMusic Recordings
Universal Music Canada
Cordova Bay UK
Pony Canyon (Japan)
Lost Highway Records (USA)
WebsiteSam Roberts Band
Notable instruments
Gibson ES-335, Fender Telecaster
 
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Sam Roberts
Sam Roberts - Mercury Lounge.jpg
Roberts performing in New York, NY in February 2014.
Background information
Born(1974-10-02) October 2, 1974 (age 39)
Westmount, Quebec, Canada
OriginMontreal, Quebec, Canada
GenresRock, Indie Rock
OccupationsSinger-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Guitar
Bass
Violin
Years active2000 - present
LabelsSecret Brain
MapleMusic Recordings
Universal Music Canada
Cordova Bay UK
Pony Canyon (Japan)
Lost Highway Records (USA)
WebsiteSam Roberts Band
Notable instruments
Gibson ES-335, Fender Telecaster

Sam Roberts (born October 2, 1974) is a Juno Award-winning Canadian rock singer-songwriter, whose 2001 debut release, The Inhuman Condition, became one of the bestselling independent releases in Quebec and Canadian music history.

Life and career[edit]

Sam Roberts performing at Lollapalooza in 2007.

Born in Westmount to South African immigrants who had arrived to Montreal four weeks prior, Roberts grew up on Cedar Avenue in Pointe-Claire, since he was five years old. Roberts is an alumni of St. Edmund Elementary School, Beaconsfield, Loyola High School, N.D.G. and John Abbott College, Ste. Anne de Bellevue and McGill University. Roberts first band was William in 1993, then changed to Northstar in 1996. Although prominent in the local indie-rock scene, the band never got a major record contract and broke up in 1999.[1] Roberts' bandmate George Donoso went on with The Dears leaving Roberts to struggle for several years.

Disbanding Northstar, Roberts recorded his home-made demo, Brother Down. In 2001, Roberts recorded and independently released the EP, The Inhuman Condition. The EP was generally unpromoted but following a record contract with MapleMusic Recordings, Roberts two breakthrough singles, "Brother Down", released in mid-2002, followed by, "Don't Walk Away Eileen" in late-2002 was heavily promoted exclusively in the Canadian market.

Getting signed to Universal Music got the release of album debut, We Were Born in a Flame, in June 2003, with singles of "Where Have All the Good People Gone?" and "Hard Road", garnering success in the Canadian market.

Robert's second album, Chemical City, was released in April 2006, with first single "The Gate", topping #1 on Canadian radio. Second single "Bridge to Nowhere", won the Juno Award for Video of the Year in 2007. "With a Bullet", third single released on Canadian radio, received little critical acclaim with no video released.

Roberts' third album, Love at the End of the World, released in May 2008, debuted at #1 on the Canadian album chart,[2] a first for Roberts. The lead single, "Them Kids", debuted on iTunes on March 4, 2008.

Sam Roberts is fluent in English, French, and Spanish. Roberts married his high school sweetheart Jen in 2004 and they have three children.[3]

For the past several years, Sam Roberts has played annually at the Kee to Bala in Bala, ON, in the Muskoka region.

Roberts released his fourth studio album, Collider, on May 10, 2011.[4] It is the first album under the moniker "Sam Roberts Band" instead of "Sam Roberts".[5] The first single, "I Feel You" was officially released to Canadian radio on February 28, with an iTunes Canada release of March 8.
They have confirmed via their Twitter account that work has begun on their next album.[6]

On November 20, 2013, Roberts announced the release of next album, Lo-Fantasy.,[7] released by Paper Bag Records on February 11, 2014.

Band members[edit]

The members of the Sam Roberts Band as of 2011 are:

Discography[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Juno Awards[edit]

The Juno Awards is a Canadian awards ceremony presented annually by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

YearRecipientAwardResult
2003"Brother Down"Single of the YearNominated
New Artist of the YearNominated
2004We Were Born in a FlameAlbum of the YearWon
Rock Album of the YearWon
Artist of the YearWon
2007"Bridge to Nowhere"Video of the YearWon
Chemical CityRock Album of the YearNominated
2009Love at the End of the WorldArtist of the YearWon
Rock Album of the YearWon
"Detroit '67"Video of the YearNominated
2012Them KidsVideo of the YearNominated
Group of the YearNominated
"Collider"Rock Album of the YearNominated

MuchMusic Video Awards[edit]

The MuchMusic Video Awards is an annual awards ceremony presented by the Canadian music video channel MuchMusic. Roberts has received five awards from fourteen nominations.[8][9][10][11]

YearRecipientAwardResult
2003"Brother Down"Best VideoFACTWon
Best Pop VideoNominated
Best Independent VideoNominated
Sam RobertsPeople's Choice – Favourite Canadian ArtistNominated
2004"Hard Road"Best DirectorWon
Best CinematographyWon
Best Post-ProductionWon
Best VideoNominated
Best Pop VideoNominated
People's Choice – Favourite Canadian ArtistNominated
2006"The Gate"Best MuchMoreMusic AwardNominated
People's Choice – Favourite Canadian ArtistNominated
2008"Them Kids"Best DirectorNominated
Best Post-ProductionWon

Notable performances[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sam Roberts Biography". MapleMusic Recordings. Retrieved 2008-11-22. 
  2. ^ "A whole lot of love for Sam Roberts". Toronto Sun. 2008-05-30. Retrieved 2008-06-01. 
  3. ^ "Biography for Sam Roberts". IMDB.com. Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  4. ^ "Upcoming Canadian Releases for 2011!". CBC.ca. 2011-01-12. Retrieved 2011-01-17. 
  5. ^ http://www.rounder.com/artist/news/detail.aspx?nid=4558&aid=97806
  6. ^ https://twitter.com/samrobertsband/status/293406484874809344
  7. ^ "Sam Roberts Band Confirms New Album ‘Lo-Fantasy’ Out Feb 11!". Paper Bag Records. 
  8. ^ "OLP leads Much noms". Calgary Sun. Canoe, Inc. 2003-05-22. Retrieved 2008-11-20. [dead link]
  9. ^ "MuchMusic Video Awards '04". Calgary Sun. Canoe, Inc. 2004-06-08. Retrieved 2008-11-20. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Billy Talent, Kardinal up for MuchMusic video honours". CBC. 2006-05-24. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  11. ^ "Winners". MuchMusic. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 

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