Sam Steel: Moving On
Her cross over to becoming a professional musician came in 2011, when the closet songwriter in her was pulled out of the shadows by a simple jam with her older brother. Hearing the colour that collaborating with another musician could bring to her original music was life changing for Steel, and so started the itch to move and experience her own life, rather than the lives written by the playwrights. Moving from Toronto, to Vancouver, to Nashville, and many a small town in between, Steel took her impressions and feelings and began composing.
A folk singer-songwriter at heart, sprung from a history of kitchen jam parties with her family, her solo music in 2012 was decidedly vocally and story driven. Powerful, young, and driven, she busked in the streets while playing any and every venue, party, campfire, porch, and event that she could find.
In 2013, Steel began to stray from the smooth folky sound, opting for the excitement of singing blues, jazz, and rock and roll as she tested the seemingly limitless bounds of her voice. Taking off with her partner and pup in their 86’ Vandura, Steel became ever more addicted to the road, the strangers, and the unforeseen moments that are the food of song-writing. As her vault of stories and sounds grew, it became apparent that the creation of her newest record, “Moving On” was not only the next “career move”, but the perfect way for her to convey the journey she had experienced since the get-go of her music career: a cathartic release towards a new beginning.
The songs of “Moving On” tell stories of her own life and of the lives of those around her as she interpreted them. Honest and heartfelt, there is no question that the bold, clear sound of Steel’s voice holds within it the emotion of every memory and circumstance that built a phrase or a progression. She says, “My experiences are simply part of the greater human experience, so when I write, I am working to connect…to release and connect.”