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Sam Pollard


Sam Pollard began playing the piano at the age of five and has never looked back. As a gifted composer and an accomplished multi instrumentalist in piano, keyboards, electric and acoustic guitars, cornet, trumpet and trombone, Sam Pollard has a voice that can brilliantly blend various styles to create the sound that is “Sam Pollard”.

Raised in the UK but relocated to Australia, Sam’s musical influences include the best of British rock as well as classical and jazz styles. He is classically trained, with live experiences ranging from rock to big band jazz and improv, where his excitement for music shines bright through his performances.

Sam completed his debut album “World of Difference” with his band and producer Jimi Maroudas at “Sing Sing” studios in Melbourne. This body of work is an album with multiple personalities. Sam Pollard is a guitar rocker à la Muse, a piano rocker à la Ben Folds, and occasionally a ska rocker à la Sublime. The result is an amazingly fluid and enlightening listening experience as his music crosses a number of genres from acoustic singer-songwriter to alternative rock, drawing comparison (amongst others) to Robbie Williams, Queen, David Blunt, Crowded House and Lior.

The album received a GrIndie award from RadioIndy who said, “Pollard’s vocals are rhythmical and have a fashionable flair of alternative pop/rock. His lyrics are narrative and bouncy and he delivers a message within each song as a chronicle of events”. The album also caught the ears of Blue Pie’s CEO, Damien Reilly who quickly signed Sam up to the Blue Pie family and invited him to Sydney to perform and showcase his talents.

Sam’s accomplishments include winning the 1st prize in the 2010 “WhoTune Keyboard Superstar Competition” with the song “Better Way” and a live online performance judged by music industry professionals. Although performed on keyboards, this song was actually the first thing Sam played after buying a new acoustic guitar, as he describes: “The structure and lyrics just seemed to come from somewhere inside the guitar”. The win was a fantastic achievement for Sam and his music in the face of some tough competition. It has helped to set him on the path to greater success with increased exposure as well as landing him a new keyboard as one of the prizes.

Public interest and radio play has been increasing with over 200 stations globally now spinning songs from the “World of Difference” album. Sam had a busy year in 2010 developing his fan base through album sales, festivals, gigs, performing live on radio, and he his recent 2012 tour across Australia.

Sam Pollard is a DJ Central Records and Blue Pie Records USA artist. Sam is published by Blue Pie Publishing USA (ASCAP).

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