An interview with singer/songwriter Sam Ali
Originally from England, Sam Ali moved to Ireland at a young age marking a big change and the beginning of difficult times to come. Losing his mother to Cancer in his teens became a driving force for the musician as their relationship, and her encouragement of his music, spurred him to go on.
Following an education in Performing Arts, he fronted a number of bands before taking a different direction towards a solo career.
Sam’s music is easy accessible, relatable and would suit all tastes. His voice is sincere and sweet, not unlike Chris Martin with a touch of Paolo Nutini. With beautiful emotive lyrics which would make you close your eyes and listen, Sam Ali crafts an inspired fantasy of life, the world, the stars and beyond, sharing with you the depths of his imagination.
Ceol Caint are delighted to help you get to know Sam Ali:
How long have you been writing/performing music? I’ve been playing the piano since I was very young but I didn’t start singing and writing until I was 14, it was just after my mam had passed away from cancer. She was always a huge motivation when it came to music for me.
What inspires you? I find inspiration in everything it could be a film, a book or a life experience. Songs seem to pop out of nowhere for me like somebody is handing them directly in to my head.
How many EPs / albums have you released to date?
Im currently writing and recording my first solo ep. Slowly building up to a release. Really excited to unleash it but it’ll be around spring of next year. Just wanna get it perfect.
How often do you play gigs? I try to play as often as I can gigs are the funnest part of being a musician.
What are your favourite gigs to play and why? My favorite gigs are small extremely intimate crowds because it can feel more personal and I think people can relate a lot more to what your singing about but playing big venues is brilliant too they’re just 2 completely different great experiences.
Where can people catch you next? I’ll be playing Crowbar, Dublin on the 17th of December and Switch, St Columba’s Church on the 18th. I’m also in talks for some exciting support slots in the new year.
Any releases coming up? I’m hoping to release my first single in March, but I have a couple on Spotify at the moment.
Listen to Sam Ali “Sing Along” below: