Northern Ireland's Sam Wickens is a mesmerizing 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 Martyn, 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 2017 Sam worked with 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) as a featured artist on a Sky Arts documentary about Tony’s amazing life and career ‘Tony Visconti’s Unsigned Heroes’. This 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 (Paul McCartney) and top afro-urban band the Compozers.
Sam has recently become an independent musician, pushing the boundaries of his musical career once again. His new single “The Devils With Me Now” offers the listeners a brand new side of Sam Wickens. Going back to his Acoustic Folk roots, Sam has shown his ability to be able to dance between genres and have a sound that is constant throughout everything he creates. A new sound that will have fans of Mumford & Sons, Damien Rice and The Lumineers playing his new single over and over again on repeat
Lighthearted in sound but brandishing a personal experience, Sam has created a song that is familiar while being a breath of fresh air. Guaranteed to get stuck in your head on your first listen and make you tap your feet for days on end. “The Devils With Me Now” is about my experience in turning to alcohol to isolate myself from others and the troubles of my life, only for it to become a bigger problem in itself."
Stripped back sounds with guitar, gentle piano twinkles to add more colour to the mood only enhance Wickens' distinctive vocal. The lyrics are raw, honest, straight from the heart and the listener instantly feels a connection. The generally intimate quite track gets more powerful in the anthemic chorus yet everything feels as meant to be. Wickens uses the lower register in his voice at the end of the song and that creates even more intimacy.
"if there's ever armaggedon there's a chance I won't be found"