Sam Roberts

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Sam Roberts
Sam Roberts Band 2007.jpg
Sam Roberts performing at Lollapalooza in 2007
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 Band 2007.jpg
Sam Roberts performing at Lollapalooza in 2007
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]

Born in Westmount four weeks after his parents immigrated to Montreal from South Africa, Sam Roberts grew up on Cedar Avenue in Pointe-Claire, where his family moved when he was five years old. He attended St. Edmund Elementary School in Beaconsfield, Loyola High School in N.D.G. and John Abbott College in Ste. Anne de Bellevue before graduating from McGill University in Montreal. Roberts formed the band that eventually became known as William in 1993. The band's name was changed to Northstar in 1996. Although the band gained some notice in independent rock circles, they never broke through to a national audience and broke up in 1999 after failing to release an album.[1] Roberts' bandmate George Donoso went on to significant success in indie rock circles with The Dears but Roberts struggled for several years afterward.

After disbanding Northstar in 1999, Roberts promptly recorded the full-length and now very collectible independent debut, Brother Down, at his home. In 2001, Roberts recorded and independently released a six-song EP, The Inhuman Condition. The EP sold slowly at first but following a re-release in the summer of 2002 on MapleMusic Recordings, his first single, "Brother Down", became one of the biggest Canadian hits of the year and was followed by the second single, "Don't Walk Away Eileen", in the fall.

Roberts then signed to Universal Music and released his full-length major label debut, We Were Born in a Flame, in June 2003. That album's singles, "Where Have All the Good People Gone?" and "Hard Road", received a large amount of success, although mainly in Canada.

The band's second album, Chemical City, was released in Canada in April 2006. The first single was "The Gate", which quickly shot to number one on Canadian rock radio. The second single in Canada was "Bridge to Nowhere", which won the Juno Award for Video of the Year in 2007. "With a Bullet", the third song used to promote the album on Canadian radio, received little attention and no video was made for it.

Roberts' third album, Love at the End of the World, was released in May 2008. It debuted at the number one position 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 trilingual, speaking English, French, and Spanish. He married his high school sweetheart Jen in 2004 and they have three children.[3]

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

Sam Roberts and his bandmates released their 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]

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.[7][8][9][10]

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. ^ "OLP leads Much noms". Calgary Sun. Canoe, Inc. 2003-05-22. Retrieved 2008-11-20. [dead link]
  8. ^ "MuchMusic Video Awards '04". Calgary Sun. Canoe, Inc. 2004-06-08. Retrieved 2008-11-20. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Billy Talent, Kardinal up for MuchMusic video honours". CBC. 2006-05-24. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  10. ^ "Winners". MuchMusic. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 

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