Sam Sparro (born November 8, 1982) is an Australian singer-songwriter, music producer and former child actor. His stage name was derived from a family nickname, which in turn was inspired by the Dagenham radio mascot Sammy Sparrow. He is signed to the British record label Island Records.
Born in Sydney, family relocated to Los Angeles when Sparro was ten years old. His father - a gospel minister and recording artist – had signed a deal there and was recording a soul album, took Sparro to a church in Tujunga to hear some of the genre's singers. Fellow church goers were the McCrary family. Chaka Khan became one of his early admirers after hearing Sparro's singing through knowing the McCrarys. When growing up, Sparro regularly performed backing vocals at his father's concerts and on his music releases. His first role as a child actor was in a McDonald's commercial.
Sparro soon left Los Angeles and returned to Sydney, where he lived with his grandparents and worked for a public relations company, before travelling to the U.K., immersing himself in the music scene in London. He returned to Los Angeles in 2002, where he took a job in a coffee shop. It was during these low points that he wrote his single, “Black and Gold” with his producer, Jesse Rogg.
Sparro's debut single, “Cottonmouth,” was released in late 2007. His second single, “Black and Gold,” peaked at #2 in the United Kingdom in April 2008 and at #4 in Australia. Sparro's self-titled debut album, “Sam Sparro,” was released in the U.K. in April 2008and reached the Top 5 of the U.K. Albums chart, eventually receiving a gold certification from the BPI. In December 2008, Sparro and co-writer/ producer Jesse Rogg received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Dance Recording for “Black and Gold.”
Sparro was featured on the Basement Jaxx single “Feelings Gone,” released in September 2009. He also collaborated on the track “Soles on Fire” with Chauffeur, which consisted of Sparro, Theophilus London and producer Mark Ronson. In March 2010, a new single, “Corrected” was released and was a collaboration with Mason and rapper DMC.
Sparro’s second album, “Return to Paradise,” was issued in 20012. It was described as being inspired by soul and funk from the late seventies and early eighties. The album entered the Australian Albums chart at #41 but had less success in the U.K., failing to chart in the Top 200 and producing no charting singles.
Label: Universal | Released: 2008 | Length: 51'42"