Sam Woolf

Bradenton’s American Idol Sam Woolf Drops a New Single

Sam Woolf is back on the music scene with a new release called “Ease My Mind”.  You can find it on various music streaming and downloading services.  We touched base with Sam to see what he has been doing during this difficult time for musicians. Now living in Los Angeles, Sam has been working on new music. Check out his Facebook for live performances coming up!

SP:  Checked out your new single, “Ease My Mind”! It’s definitely, a singer/songwriter tune. What was the inspiration in writing this song? What other songs are on your new EP?

SW:  Well, to start I haven’t released a single in almost two years. I felt like I just needed to put something out for myself and for my fans. The idea started with me wanting to write a “love song” because that hasn’t been the subject of most of my songs I put out in the past.

I don’t really like to go into too much detail about who/what my songs are about, but let’s just say it was inspired by a relationship I had in the past.

SP:  In 2014, you were on American Idol! What did you learn from that experience that has helped you over the last six years?  Do you keep in touch with anyone from the show?

SW: American Idol taught me how to be more comfortable on stage and be true to myself as an artist. I do keep in touch with a few of the contestants that were on my season. We actually had an Idol reunion a couple months ago via Zoom. It was nice to see everyone again!

SP:  Who has been your influences in getting into music?

SW: I would say growing up my parents and grandparents were big influences and very supportive of me wanting to pursue music. Musically, artists like Rob Thomas and Ed Sheeran inspired me to want to write songs!

SP: I know you like to do covers of John Mayer and other artists.  Who are you listening to now?

SW:  I’ve been getting more into some of the old classic singer-songwriters, like Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Also, I’m just discovering Pearl Jam, who I’ve heard of in the past, but never really listened to their music. I really like their vibe and Eddie Vedder is a great singer and writer. 

SP:  How has the pandemic changed your plans for 2020? 

SW:  It’s been tough, but I’ve been focusing my time on writing songs and practicing music. 

SP:  Are you still doing Sundays with Sam Woolf on Facebook?

SW:  I switched my Sundays with Sam Live- Stream via Facebook to Mondays at 8pm EDT! 

I’ll be on every Monday! All you have to do is go to my Facebook page!

SP: Tell us about this virtual performance you are doing on Sunday, August 30th at 4:30 p.m.! It looks & sounds pretty high tech.  How did you get involved?

SW: I’m doing what’s called a Live in 360 performance. It is presented by River Spirit Music. It’s different from the live-streams that I do on Facebook. For this, you have the option of purchasing a VR headset so you can feel like you’re right there in front of me!

You can purchase tickets on the Sam Woolf website under the “shows’ tab. 

SP:  When things get back to the new normal, what are your plans for 2021?  

SW:  My plan is to have an EP ready to release come 2021!

Photos Courtesy Vicky Sullivan

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