Sami McGrath is a 21 year old in a long term relationship with her guitar, with a bright future ahead of her.
Coming from humble beginnings, in the Queensland rural town of Goondiwindi, Sami was raised mustering cattle, riding in gymkhanas and enjoying the great outdoors.
Growing up with a CD case full of pub singers and household names from both Aussie and American soil, Sami found her love of country music at a young age.
“I remember listening to my first CD on repeat,” Sami will tell those who ask where her love of country music grew from. “It was the Dixie Chicks’ ‘Home’ album and that was around the time I decided my roots were in the boots.”
She began singing and playing the guitar, and jamming around the campfire at Polocrosse carnivals which she attended with her family in her early teens.
Now with a head full of original songs and a massive voice to sing them, Sami graces the stage in hopes of one day becoming the inspiration for other young people like herself.
“I think there is a lot of plastic within music these days, so it’s important to remind people that when you take away all the bells and whistles, you have to be left with something that’s real.”
With an infectious smile and a personality that brightens up the room, those who have encountered Sami and witnessed her on stage understand that ‘real’ is exactly what you get with this young talent.
When asked where her song writing inspiration comes from Sami will say, “I am at a stage in life when I am just having a fun time and enjoying the good things coming my way.” However, this young wordsmith is not afraid to write a little deeper. “I have never had a broken heart but as you grow up I think you are exposed to a lot of the negativity in the world that you didn’t know existed.”
For two years Sami performed in a corporate band for events such as weddings, rotary functions, the South Burnett Mayor’s Annual Ball and the Bundaberg Mayor’s Gala Ball. However, in 2014 she received a solo gig supporting Kate Miller-Heidke and had her first taste of performing her original music to a large crowd.
Now living on the Sunshine Coast, Sami frequently performs solo at different local venues, and has made multiple appearances on coastal radio stations, such as 91.9 SeaFM.
After working hard but loving the work, Sami received her most exciting performance opportunity yet when she shared a stage with many of her country music idols at this year’s Gympie Muster.
Not only did she perform her scheduled time on the Muster Club stage, but the young singer wound up making impromptu performances, jamming with other musicians at the Bundy Bar tent every other day of the festival, purely for the fun and love of music.
“I just love what I do, and seeing other people enjoy it makes me fall in love all over again. There is no better feeling than having someone relate to songs which you wrote at 2am sitting on your bedroom floor.”
With the support of her family and friends and a burning passion for all things music, Sami is a force to be reckoned with.
Now in the midst of recording her debut EP and many exciting things bubbling to the surface, she is on the cusp of something great, and loves bringing her supporters along for the ride!
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