Sam Robbins describes himself as an "old soul singer songwriter." A Nashville based musician whose music evokes classic singer songwriters like James Taylor and John Denver, Sam Robbins has gained recognition as the first artist to perform a Jim Croce song on NBC's The Voice – bringing a classic 1970’s sound to today.
A multi-instrumentalist from a young age, Sam began learning drums and piano, falling in love with guitar at age 13. He then started writing original music, recording his first EP during his sophomore year of high school, while playing open mics in his hometown of Portsmouth, NH.
Over the past 4 years, Sam has performed over 700 shows across New England. These have included dive bars, biker bars, weddings, proposals, frat parties, house concerts, and everything in between. Since these humble beginnings, Sam has risen in the New England scene to play large rooms such as the Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH, Boston City Winery, Blue Ocean Music Hall, The Red Room, Tupelo Music Hall, One Longfellow Square and many other large venues and intimate listening rooms. Following the release of his single "Addicted" in early January, Sam headlined a sold out show at the 200 seat 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH.
Since moving to Nashville in September 2019 following his graduation from Berklee College of Music, Sam has made a splash in music city - performing at the Bluebird Cafe within a month of moving, and sitting in again at the legendary venue with Liz Longley in February. Sam was the audience winner of the "Nashville Rising Song" qualifier event in September, and has been writing, playing and recording full time while making headway through Nashville.
In 2018, Sam was able to audition on NBC's The Voice for Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton and Jennifer Hudson. He was the season's "Young James Taylor" and he was the first artist to ever perform a Jim Croce song on the show. Sam was selected by Kelsea Ballerini to be one of six artists in The Voice's first ever "Comeback Stage". He was able to work with and be coached by Ballerini, who called his performance "perfect".
He graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2019, where he has been able to collaborate and write with renowned teachers and songwriters. In 2018, Sam was awarded the most prestigious songwriting scholarship at Berklee, the Pat Pattison Songwriting Award.
Sam is releasing his debut album in early 2021