January 20th, 2020 9:30pm Stage 1
NYC Vocalist Sami Stevens combines Jazz, Singer Songwriter, and classic RnB sensibilities to forge a truly unique voice in original music. A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, Sami has performed with Genius Grant recipient Jason Moran and 6-time Grammy nominee Fred Hersch, recorded with eclectic Foetus composer J.G. Thirwell, "King of Treme" Shannon Powell, and underground legend Gary Wilson, toured opening for SoCal favorites Pinback, opened for Grammy nominated folk singer Greg Brown and Black Star MC Talib Kweli, sang for the premiere of Ty Segall’s “Emotional Mugger,” and collaborated with world champ drummer Thomas Pridgen. Her projects have been lauded by Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and the New York Times.
Sami has toured North America, Europe, and Australia with various projects, appearing at NYC venues like the Cutting Room, Brooklyn Bowl, Smalls, and National Sawdust, and at music festivals like Sydney Fest, SXSW, O+ Festival, Phoenicia Intl. Festival of the Voice, and Meltasia. Stevens has led the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra and sang the national anthem in Fenway Park at age 16. Additionally, Sami acts as lead vocalist for in faux Italian 70’s soundtrack band Tredici Bacci (NNA Records), and prog soundtrack group Morricone Youth (Country Club Records).
Sami's latest project is The Man I Love, formed in the summer of 2015. An intimate, dynamic, Singer-Songwriter/Rnb/Jazz group, Sami Stevens and The Man I Love plays music written by Stevens, arranged in collaboration with the band. The band released their first album And I'm Right (Leesta Vall Records) in Autumn of 2017 on vinyl and digital formats. “And I’m Right has the mark of maturity and that’s a rare thing to find these days...the lyrics often impress as well with She Is God and Child They Said Was Mine mixing together Phoebe Snow style lyrical intelligence with a concise emotional impact." -Bluesbunny
Sami studied privately with Dominique Eade and John McNeil at the New England Conservatory of Music, where she graduated with a BM in Vocal Jazz Performance in the fall of 2014. The same year she received a BA in Psychology from Tufts University. Sami grew up in East Winthrop, Maine, and is currently living in Brooklyn, NY.