A strong contender on most ‘ones to watch’ lists thanks to the revealing of ‘Only Wanna Be With You’, ‘Redemption’ and ‘Better’, Samm Henshaw’s hugely anticipated debut EP is set for release on 25th September. Having already garnered mainstream radio support from Radio 1’s Dev, Phil & Alice, Huw Stephens & Annie Mac, not to mention James Bay handpicking Henshaw for tour support thanks to his Mahogany Session, 2015 is looking very busy indeed for the talented 21-year-old singer-songwriter. This year Samm has already played at Parklife, Wireless, Barn On The Farm, Bushstock and many more.
Opening track ‘Temptations’ features some spoken word/rap from Samm. ‘Autonomy (Slave)’ introduces the raw emotion and power of Henshaw’s vocal ability, a call-to-arms that screams promise for live shows and festival stages with its gospel swells and uplifting melodies, whilst ‘Only Wanna Be With You’ and ‘Redemption’ are more stripped back, soulful affairs. ‘Better’ is a slow building ballad that channels Henshaw’s warm tones with his distinctive husk, complimented by falsetto backing vocals making it another standout track on the EP. Ending with the funky ’Everything’, the project concludes with the same powerful gusto as it started, a cohesion of sound and concept in a debut release set to be genre defining in its own right.
Check out his latest video release: “Better”
With ‘The Sound Experiment’, Samm Henshaw has shown an innate understanding for his craft of songwriting that belies his 21 years. Citing Hozier, D’Angelo and Paolo Nutini as his musical influences, along with many gospel greats, Henshaw’s roots play a huge part in his music. When combined with his love for experimentation, he has the ability to create tracks of masterful imagery and production. In his own words “Art is about freedom and doing your own thing” and in Henshaws case, his art will without doubt captivate audiences with its resonance.
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