Today we’d like to introduce you to Sammi Malone.
Sammi, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
When I was little my dad was always listening to music around the house. He listened to practically everything from Buddy Holly and Johnny Cash to Green Day, so I grew up with a very eclectic taste. By the time I was 12 or so, I told my dad I wanted a guitar, and he looked me dead in the eyes and said ‘get a job.’ I saved my money, did some odd jobs and eventually bought myself my first guitar.
Guitar was the first thing I encountered that required patience, and I didn’t have much of that, so it collected dust in my room for a few years before I finally decided to sit down and chase my passion. What really pushed me over the edge was when one of my uncles took me to see Green Day live. I came home and decided, ‘yup, I wanna do that.’
Another one of my uncles started picking me up after school every now and then to teach me some things, and I fell in love with my guitar. Shortly after I started playing I went through some personal struggles and needed an outlet for my emotions. I was always a really angry kid, but music showed me that the outside anger was really just inside hurt.
From there, it just grew and grew until it became what it is today. I could tell stories about my music for days; it’s been so necessary to my life. I get a lot of support from my friends and family which is something I’m very grateful for. They all push and encourage me so much, and they put up with my crazy musician personality with a lot of grace if you ask me.
I’m an extremely emotional person and my music has helped me survive that. It has helped me grow and appreciate the things in life that have hurt me. Anyone that says music can’t save lives doesn’t know what they’re talking about because I can tell you several instances where it saved mine.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am a solo singer/songwriter, featuring mostly the acoustic guitar. I could write you a book on all of my influences, but some of the biggest in pushing me to create have been Green Day, Glen Hansard, Damien Rice, Taylor Swift, Nirvana and the Beatles. It’s an odd combo, I know.
My new album, “Lost + Found,” comes from a very turbulent part of my life that required me to be utterly vulnerable with myself. I once told my mom that selling a CD is like publishing your diary and this album bears my heart with no regard. It seems the hardest things led hand to the most honest music, and if that’s what God put me here to do then so be it.
“Lost + Found” represents who I was, who I am and who I hope to be as I continue to grow. There were so many nights I cried with my guitar in hand, and it feels amazing to release that into the world. I only hope my music does for someone what music by other artists has done for me.
In addition to writing my own music to put out, I also love to perform. Nothing beats the feeling of standing on stage and playing for other people. In those moments, it’s as if time freezes and nothing else could possibly matter.
Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
I think it’s so easy to be heard today that the sheer volume of artists makes it harder to get your name out there. People often skim past someone amazing because they think they’ve heard it all, but there are so many artists hiding right under our noses. Local music is so important to support and as an artist I can tell you it means the world to us to have people out to our shows or listening to our music. We don’t have millions of dollars to advertise in your face like pre-established artists do and we rely on our supports to help spread the word. Getting a dedicated group of supports who can share your art is so important, yet so incredibly difficult.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My album can be purchased on iTunes, GooglePlay and Amazon. It can also be streamed on Spotify and Tidal. If you’re more old-fashioned like myself, I sell physical copies and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or through Facebook at Sammi Malone Music. Under the same handle, you can find my Instagram where I am constantly posting updates about shows and new music.
- Website: http://justathoughton.wordpress.com/
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sammimalonemusic/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sammimalonemusic/
- Other: https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Found-Sammi-Malone/dp/B07GY4PV3S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1535945421&sr=8-1&keywords=sammi+malone+music+lost+%2B+found
Photography by Angel