R&B Crooner Sammie Introduces Mr. Leigh Bush
Childhood sensation Sammie caught us by storm at the age of 12 with endearing vocals and a boyish charm. Over the course of years he has sold 1.2 million records and constantly battled with label and management drama. He was forced to take matters into his own hands as he says. At the age of 26 the R&B crooner is back independently and well, grown up. Allow me to the introduce you to Leigh Bush. His name may have changed, but his tantalizing vocals that fans have grew to love is still along for the ride. With a new EP released earlier this month “The Leigh Bush Project” already making itself to the #10 spot on the iTunes charts, there is no doubt that his comeback is impressive. N2S sat down with LB to discuss the expansion of his music.
The 'Insomnia' EP was such a huge success, what does the Leigh Bush Project mean to you?
I mean Insomnia to me was like the segue into TLBP. Just some vulnerable, honest, transparent music that I feel like will be timeless. Ten, fifteen, twenty years from now you can still play this project and enjoy it. I stayed away from all the trending music and I just wanted to create something that was innovate and fresh.
So tell us about the creative process for the TLBP.
Freedom! I didn't think about radio, DJ’s, A&R, or label executives. I just went in with the intent to create great music. Music that the people could vibe, love and feel. And that’s what I did and I think that’s why its touching so many people. I wasn't targeting a “hit record” you know what I’m saying. If I get a hit record of TLBP that’s amazing. I was just really trying to make every song count and that’s why its really resonating like it is.
The project is like in the top ten on iTunes right now. Did you expect it to be in such a great spot so suddenly?
Yeah I know. I had no expectations. I just wanted to create something that was amazing honestly. I’m just happy that people are enjoying it. Supporting it because of course its for purchase and for them to invest in it, its really a blessing. I’m just highly grateful for it and humbled by it.
So what’s your favorite track on the project?
“Ms.Bartender” Because I channeled like Marvin Gaye when I listened to that record. I watched his documentary and fell madly in love with his story, He was spiritually conflicted with the flesh him being a God fearing man. I can relate. Me being a “ladies man” I could relate. The record is about a guy whose had many occasions of infidelity and a relationship and he goes to drown his sorrows at a bar. In in the midst of that he ends of sleeping with the bartender he was talking to. In it just shows how weak man are, so you can be madly in love and still venture off to something that isn't beneficial its just for that moment. I just love the record.
Now you said at your recent Sol Village performance at SOBs, that the name change to Leigh Bush represents your expansion of yourself as a artist. Can you elaborate on that?
Yes. I want people to know I’m not straying away from the Sammie brand at all. I love everything that I have accomplished as Sammie. Leigh is my middle name and my last name of course is Bush. I just felt it was time to expand and just grow from the Sammie brand into the Leigh Bush brand. All the fans that’s been there since day one, enjoy the ride and I hope to captivate the audience. LB is just me growing as a man.
So what do you feel you, “Leigh Bush” is bringing that nobody else is?
Real singing first and foremost. A lot of people aren't singing anymore. A lot of people are very contingent on Auto tune, the pop and house music. I’m just really bringing pack that passion, that substance and vulnerability back to R&B.I think that’s what Leigh Bush stands for. Nobody is currently doing that and I think that is my lane.
So over the years up and to now how would you say your music has evolved?
As I age its safe to say I've dated a quite of few women and you know I’m pretty experienced in life. I just pretty much put all of that in the gift of song, I've been granted by God. And I just really want to be honest, with all the mistakes that I've made and all of the perks I've also given to women. I’m just an open book pretty much. I’m very transparent, very vulnerable and I think its been working for me. I’m very honest in my music, nothings fabricated. Everything is a real life situation. And I think that’s what makes my music so relatable thus far.
So you started in the industry at the age of 12 after your youth success you took a hiatus, came back as a young adult with hits single “Come With Me” took another break and at the age of 26 you’re still in the game. How have you kept that longevity and such loyal fans?
I mean that’s by the grace of God and just the loyalty of my fans. I sometimes think about it during the day and I just really have to take my hats off to my fans. They've had every reason to write me off you know what I’m saying because of the label changes and management changes. But for them to stick with me for this long I’m so appreciative. That’s why I make sure I create great art for them to enjoy. Because they deserve the best. My fans are the most loyal and dedicated fans you could ever ask for.
You’re in independent artist has it helped your creativity in your music?
Yes. I love it I write all my music, vocal arrange it all myself. I was forced to. I was forced to survive without a major labels support. Its been a blessing, everything I’m doing now is what a major label would do. So its kind of makes since that I’m about to take meetings for that major deal.
So lets talk about the state of R&B. Who are some artist out right now you’re listening to?
Its about two that I respect about being innovative and creative. Shoutout to Miguel, I’m a big fan and Frank Ocean. Both of them are creating their own lane and they don’t care what people think. And I appreciate that, their about that freedom and letting the vibe take them wherever it takes them I appreciate their work.
Words of advice for artist who are having a hard time getting signed. Should they pursue the independent route?
Find your way. First and foremost keep God first and last in your life. Surround yourself around a great team and last but not least let no one tell you no! You believe what you believe and one right “yes” can change your whole circumstances.