Sam is a mesmerising performer, gifted with the talent to arouse the soul with haunting melodies laced with poignant lyrics sung with his trademark transparency of spirit.
Compared to Jeff Buckley, John Martin, Death Cab For Cutie, Tom Waits, Sam is a soulful writer and performer with a restless creativity, conveying a personal blend of Electronic, Soul, Blues, Gospel, Folk and Indie. This young and gifted 20-something artist humbly plies his craft with a focused sincerity, and has created a style his own: consistently delivering on his reputation as a bewitching live performer.
In 2016 Sam performed at the prestigious Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival, Nashville, Tennessee, where he sang to an entranced audience at the famous Bluebird Café in Nashville. Sam also performed at 'The Factory' in Franklin Tennessee. This event was filmed by Music City Roots and beamed live into 60 million homes across the U.S.
In 2017 Sam was taken under the wing of legendary American record producer Tony Visconti (producer of scores of albums by major artists including: David Bowie, T.Rex, Paul McCartney, Damon Albarn, Moody Blues, Marc Almond, Kaiser Chiefs, etc). Visconti’s mentorship led to Sam working closely with music icons including Stuart Copeland, Nitin Sawhney, and Imelda May, and performing live at Union Chapel London supported by legendary saxophonist Howie Casey and top afro-urban band the Compozers. Sam’s mentorship under Tony Visconti was featured on a SkyArts documentary ‘Tony Visconti’s Unsigned Heroes’.
“All I’ve Seen’ reveals an album with a vital spirit, enriched by a deep well of intense imagery…
Wickens builds his sonic labyrinth, and there have been few releases this year more fun to lose yourself in.”
“Lead single “Ravens & Crows” is one of the album’s highlights. Its mournful string section and up-close vocal delivery adds to the drama of the chorus’s punching beat, pounding like a fist on a table to drive home a point.”
"absolutely haunting and delightful.."
Sam performing an acoustic version of his recently released single 'Falling'...
- SINGLES -
‘Ravens & Crows’ single - Now available on all digital platforms
“Wickens’ voice is a light in the darkness; revealing the grace in accepting anguish. His rawness and utter emotional clarity have stunningly transformed pain into beauty… ‘Ravens and Crows’ is a mournful tribute to the poetic art moulded from pain, a breath-taking piece of music from a very talented up and coming artist.” Amy Heather, ForTheLoveOfBands.com
‘Falling’ single - Now available on all digital platforms
“It is incredibly rare to hear a bare, human voice in the midst of electronic music... The vibrato Wickens employs for his falsetto gives the impression of weeping. This effect, far from vapid, is incredibly moving, full of pathos. It recalls Bowie’s rendition of Wild Is The Wind. The singing is theatrical, absolutely – but in a way that brings the audience closer.”
‘Cliffside’ single release - Available on all digital platforms
‘Send Me;’ single - Available on all digital platforms
"Sam is an incredible singer-songwriter and performer. It's only a matter of time before everybody will hear about him. He's going to be big!"
Moya Brennan, Clannad
"An incredible talent, not just as a songwriter.. there's something about his voice that is really amazing! This guy is definitely a proper talent... absolutely amazing, an astonishing voice.."
Ralph McLean, Local Voices, BBC Radio Ulster
"what he has to offer to the world of music is like nothing you hear hailing from our fair shores."