Sam Roberts

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Sam Roberts
Sam Roberts - Mercury Lounge.jpg
Roberts performing in New York, NY in February 2014.
Background information
Born (1974-10-02) October 2, 1974 (age 45)
Westmount, Quebec, Canada
Origin Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Genres Rock, Indie rock, Alternative rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2000 - present
Labels Secret Brain
MapleMusic Recordings
Universal Music Canada
Cordova Bay UK
Pony Canyon (Japan)
Lost Highway Records (USA)
Website Sam Roberts Band
Notable instruments
Gibson ES-335, Fender Telecaster, Fender Jazzmaster

Sam Roberts (born October 2, 1974) is a Canadian rock singer-songwriter, whose 2001 debut release, The Inhuman Condition, became one of the bestselling independent releases in Quebec and Canadian music history.

Life and career

Sam Roberts performing at Lollapalooza in 2007.

Born in Westmount, to South African immigrants who had arrived in Montreal three weeks earlier,[1] Roberts grew up on Cedar Avenue in Pointe-Claire, where his family moved to when he was five years old. Roberts is an alumnus of St. Edmund Elementary School, Beaconsfield, Loyola High School, N.D.G. and John Abbott College, Ste. Anne de Bellevue and McGill University. Roberts' first band was William in 1993, then changed to Northstar in 1996. Although prominent in the local indie rock scene, the band never got a major record contract and broke up in 1999.[2] Roberts' bandmate George Donoso went on with The Dears, leaving Roberts to struggle for several years.

Disbanding Northstar, Roberts recorded his homemade demo, Brother Down. In 2001, Roberts recorded and independently released the EP, The Inhuman Condition. It wasn't promoted much but following a record contract with MapleMusic Recordings, Roberts' two breakthrough singles, "Brother Down" (released in mid-2002) and "Don't Walk Away Eileen" (released in late 2002) were heavily promoted in the Canadian market.

Signing with Universal Music, he released his debut album We Were Born in a Flame in June 2003, with the singles "Where Have All the Good People Gone?" and "Hard Road" garnering success in the Canadian market.

Robert's second album, Chemical City, was released in April 2006, with the first single "The Gate" topping as a #1 hit on Canadian radio. The second single, "Bridge to Nowhere", won the Juno Award for Video of the Year in 2007. The third single released on Canadian radio, "With a Bullet", received little critical acclaim and no video for it was released.

Roberts' third album, Love at the End of the World, released in May 2008, debuted at #1 on the Canadian album chart,[3] a first for Roberts. The lead single, "Them Kids", debuted on iTunes on March 4, 2008.

Sam Roberts is fluent in English, French and Spanish. Roberts married his high school sweetheart Jen in 2004 and they have three children.[4]

For the past several years, Sam Roberts has played annually at the Kee to Bala in Bala, ON, in the Muskoka region.

Roberts released his fourth studio album, Collider, on May 10, 2011.[5] It is the first album under the moniker "Sam Roberts Band" instead of "Sam Roberts".[6] The first single, "I Feel You" was officially released to Canadian radio on February 28, with an iTunes Canada release of March 8.
They have confirmed via their Twitter account that work has begun on their next album.[7]

On November 20, 2013, Roberts announced the release of next album, Lo-Fantasy,[8] which was released by Paper Bag Records on February 11, 2014. Sam Roberts' Band released Counting the Days EP on April 18, 2015.[9]

The Sam Roberts Band will be headlining the December 31, 2015 New Years Eve festivities in Brampton, Ontario.[10]

Band members

The members of the Sam Roberts Band as of 2011 are:

  • Sam Roberts (lead vocals, guitar)
  • Dave Nugent (lead guitar)
  • Eric Fares (keyboard, guitar)
  • James Hall (bass)
  • Josh Trager (drums)
  • Chet Doxas (horns)


Awards and nominations

Juno Awards

The Juno Awards is a Canadian awards ceremony presented annually by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2003 "Brother Down" Single of the Year Nominated
New Artist of the Year Nominated
2004 We Were Born in a Flame Album of the Year Won
Rock Album of the Year Won
Artist of the Year Won
2007 "Bridge to Nowhere" Video of the Year Won
Chemical City Rock Album of the Year Nominated
2009 Love at the End of the World Artist of the Year Won
Rock Album of the Year Won
"Detroit '67" Video of the Year Nominated
2012 Them Kids Video of the Year Nominated
Group of the Year Nominated
"Collider" Rock Album of the Year Nominated

MuchMusic Video Awards

The MuchMusic Video Awards is an annual awards ceremony presented by the Canadian music video channel MuchMusic. Roberts has received five awards from fourteen nominations.[11][12][13][14]

Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2003 "Brother Down" Best VideoFACT Won
Best Pop Video Nominated
Best Independent Video Nominated
Sam Roberts People's Choice – Favourite Canadian Artist Nominated
2004 "Hard Road" Best Director Won
Best Cinematography Won
Best Post-Production Won
Best Video Nominated
Best Pop Video Nominated
People's Choice – Favourite Canadian Artist Nominated
2006 "The Gate" Best MuchMoreMusic Award Nominated
People's Choice – Favourite Canadian Artist Nominated
2008 "Them Kids" Best Director Nominated
Best Post-Production Won

Notable performances

See also


  2. "Sam Roberts Biography". MapleMusic Recordings. Retrieved 2008-11-22.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "A whole lot of love for Sam Roberts". Toronto Sun. 2008-05-30. Retrieved 2008-06-01.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Biography for Sam Roberts". Retrieved 2010-03-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Upcoming Canadian Releases for 2011!". 2011-01-12. Retrieved 2011-01-17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Sam Roberts Band Confirms New Album 'Lo-Fantasy' Out Feb 11!". Paper Bag Records.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "OLP leads Much noms". Calgary Sun. Canoe, Inc. 2003-05-22. Retrieved 2008-11-20.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[dead link]
  12. "MuchMusic Video Awards '04". Calgary Sun. Canoe, Inc. 2004-06-08. Retrieved 2008-11-20.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[dead link]
  13. "Billy Talent, Kardinal up for MuchMusic video honours". CBC. 2006-05-24. Retrieved 2008-11-20.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "Winners". MuchMusic. Retrieved 2008-11-20.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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