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).