Sam Roberts

For other people named Samuel Roberts, see Samuel Roberts (disambiguation).
Sam Roberts

Roberts performing in New York, NY in February 2014.
Background information
Born (1974-10-02) October 2, 1974
Westmount, Quebec,
Origin Montreal, Quebec
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, who has release six albums and has been signed to Universal (Canada) since 2002. His debut EP The Inhuman Condition, reached the Canadian charts in 2002. Live he performs with the Sam Roberts Band.

Life and career

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.[2] Roberts' first band was William in 1993, that changed into Northstar in 1998. As William they put out a single, "The Piranha" in 1996,[3] while as Northstar they released a self-titled EP in 1998,[4] but never got a major record contract and broke up in 1999.[5]

After disbanding Northstar, Roberts recorded a twelve track demo, "Brother Down",[2] which formed the bases for the EP, The Inhuman Condition released in 2002. Recorded with Jordan Zadorozny, Roberts "recorded a song a day".[6] Roberts signed with Secret Weapon Management and began to perform live. With the assistance of Linda Bush at Universal he signed a record contract with MapleMusic Recordings. The released the six track EP culled from the demo with Roberts noting that "it is not something I had intended to be my first real foray into the music world but I couldn't turn my back on such a chance". It included 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,[7] a first for Roberts. The lead single, "Them Kids", debuted on iTunes on March 4, 2008.

Roberts released his fourth studio album, Collider, on May 10, 2011.[8] It is the first album under the moniker "Sam Roberts Band" instead of "Sam Roberts".[9] 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.[10]

On November 20, 2013, Roberts announced the release of next album, Lo-Fantasy,[11] which was released by Paper Bag Records on February 11, 2014.[12] Sam Roberts' Band released Counting the Days EP on April 18, 2015.[13]

Their sixth regular studio album, Terraform, was released October 28, 2016.[14] On September 12, 2016, a North-American tour was announced to promote their new album.

Band members

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


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 Nominee/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.[15][16][17][18]

Year Nominee/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


  1. "Sam Roberts". 28 March 2012.
  2. 1 2 Higgs, Jennifer. "Sam Roberts". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
  3. "William (36) - Piranha". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
  4. "Northstar (10) - Northstar". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
  5. "Sam Roberts Biography". MapleMusic Recordings. Retrieved 2008-11-22.
  6. LeBlanc, Larry (2002-07-27). Roberts set for 'Inhuman' Success. Billboard Magazine. Nielsen Inc. p. 41. ISSN 0006-2510.
  7. "A whole lot of love for Sam Roberts". Toronto Sun. 2008-05-30. Retrieved 2008-06-01.
  8. "Upcoming Canadian Releases for 2011!". 2011-01-12. Retrieved 2011-01-17.
  11. "Sam Roberts Band Confirms New Album 'Lo-Fantasy' Out Feb 11!". Paper Bag Records.
  12. Taylor, Luke (March 27, 2014). "The Current's Guitar Collection: Sam Roberts". The Current. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
  13. "News - Sam Roberts Band".
  14. "News - Sam Roberts Band".
  15. "OLP leads Much noms". Calgary Sun. Canoe, Inc. 2003-05-22. Retrieved 2008-11-20.
  16. "MuchMusic Video Awards '04". Calgary Sun. Canoe, Inc. 2004-06-08. Retrieved 2008-11-20.
  17. "Billy Talent, Kardinal up for MuchMusic video honours". CBC. 2006-05-24. Retrieved 2008-11-20.
  18. "Winners". MuchMusic. Retrieved 2008-11-20.
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