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Megan Foo
Listing created by Megan Foo on January 31, 2014    
The Sam Willows was formed by siblings Ben and Narelle Kheng, and friends Sandra Riley Tang and Jon Chua and burst into the Singapore music scene in May 2012.
Since then, they’ve amassed more than 320,000 views on their YouTube page, which they keep stocked with the freshest originals and re-imagined covers. The quartet’s self-titled freshman EP was co-produced by esteemed local arranger Bang Wenfu, recorded and mixed at Soundfarm Studios and was mastered by Gene Grimaldi of Oasis Mastering, Burbank, CA. It was released to rave reviews on 27 October 2012 at their sold-out album launch party. Drawing inspiration from acts like Mumford & Sons, Bon Iver, Joss Stone, Keith Urban and the sound of a leaky tap, they craft an interesting country-folk sound interlaced with heavy vocals.
The band returned home from their North American Tour (8 to 24 March 2013), which included stops in Los Angeles, CA (Villain’s Tavern; The Roxy – On the Rox; Other Door Bar), Austin, TX (SXSW Showcase at Meduse Lounge and SXSW Second Play stages) and Toronto, ON (Canadian Music Festival showcase at the Dakota Tavern).
Currently, The Sam Willows are firming up festival plans for the months ahead, and will be opening for Wye Oak in Singapore in May 2013.In Singapore, the Sam Willow have played on stages including Gardens by the Bay; Hard Rock Coliseum; Resorts World Sentosa (Official Opening Ceremony, December 2012); Esplanade Concourse (December 2012); The Floating Platform (Mediacorp’s Celebrate 2013 Countdown Party).

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Best local band ever

The Sam Willows is the best local band in Singapore. They are soooo talented and their voices are amazing. The music they produce is comparable to the hollywood hits we hear on 987FM. It’s really really good.

The first song I heard by The Sam Willows was their cover of “All About That Bass”. Their creative rendition of the song, the quirky video - along with Benjamin’s handsome face - is reason enough for multiple replays. Their original song, “Take Heart” has also made its way to my list of top ten favourite songs. It’s catchy, easy to sing to and upbeat.

Their music is so original and fresh, and I absolutely love all their music. If you haven’t listened to any songs by The Sam Willows, do give them a listen - you won’t regret it. You’ll fall in love with their addictive tunes and the harmonies will give you the chills.

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Fresh and exciting new faces

Get your ears for a audio feast; be prepared for a ear-soothing serenade that will bring you into another dimension of reality altogether.

The Sam Willows has proven to be pretty impressive given their current accolades and their relatively younger and newer faces in the local music industry. And indeed, they do deserve the awards they have achieved.

It should be clear to most of us audience how much efforts goes into each of their music videos and covers - from making slight yet beautiful changes to the original song, as well as ensuring that the video put up is creative and appealing to the masses. My personal favourite is their cover of 'All About That Bass' by Meghan Trainor - quirky and fun.

I have heard the cover of 'Home' by them and hopefully by engaging this and other local bands to make covers of local well-loved anthems can once again rekindled fond memories and strengthen the unity in Singapore. Hope to see them perform for SG 50!

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Stripped-down and Personal

The Sam Willows are a local band that do a lot of stripped-down and intimate covers of popular songs, bearing a resemblance to the likes of YouTube stars such as Chester See and Kurt Schneider.

They have unique individual voices and when all four come together, a stronger and more compelling collective voice is formed. A few of them also play instruments like the piano and guitar, which they sometimes incorporate into their covers. It's great to see four friends growing together through music.

I think that The Sam Willows are a talented group that have the potential to succeed both locally as well as internationally. It's heartwarming to see young people seriously pursuing such a career path amidst Singapore's less-than-thriving arts scene. I wish them the very best!

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Je t'adore!

The Sam Willows is seriously one of THE BEST local bands in Singapore right now. I had to give them a full score because they deserve it. They sound good together and they even look good together! I absolutely love the covers they make of hit songs like Say Something and their collab with Nathan Hartono on Put Your Records On.

They're a really admirable bunch and it's crazy how far they've come. I do wish that their talents would be recognised more on all levels, especially on a regional level. I feel that Singapore's small local arts scene might hinder their abilities to go further but hopefully, the local arts scene will expand more and The Sam Willows will be even more successful.

I'm pretty sure they've inspired many young musicians out there and they'll continue to inspire more in future.

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The Sam Willows is one of the best local bands I have ever heard. I love that they sound classy, obviously put effort into song arrangements, rehearse well and have an undeniable chemistry. They love singing very much, and I see it in the way small smiles creep across their faces in their videos. They have a YouTube channel that everyone should check out, although uploads aren't very often unfortunately.

They inspire me. Apart from producing music and singing, they also do some independent business. One of the girls runs an online accessory shop I think, and Benjamin Kheng was recently invited to speak at a youth TED event. Amazing how they all have grown and matured so much in this period of time, and I am excited to see more of what they have.

Personally, I think they're authentic, genuine and no-frills. They show me that good music doesn't have to go through extensive editing. Sometimes, plain is gold.

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