In a fast-paced world filled with music fans who are hungry for something fresh, Sam Houston’s talent for artfully fusing genres into a new, distinct style has him set up for success. The music is sensual, haunting and deftly merges jazz, soul, R&B, and cool psychedelia made more provocative by bandmate Alejandro Rios’ skilled, yet searing raw guitar sound. Think D’Angelo meets Frank Ocean with Jimmy Page on guitar. The band is hard at work in the studio with Grammy Award-winning Producers Brian Kennedy (Rihanna, Ciara, Chris Brown) and Frank Ocean collaborator Troy Noka. The EP is set to come out on Kobalt’s Awal label (De La Soul, The Wombats, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds) in January 2019.
New Jersey-raised Sam Houston says he tracked down his collaborator guitarist Alejandro Rios in Austin after hearing someone gush about his 70s rock-influenced band, The Matters. The two musicians had vastly different tastes and backgrounds in music, but hit it off after trading favorites (Badu and D’Angelo for Houston; Hendrix and Zeppelin for Rios) and began fusing styles to create their own unique sound. While most bands have to work years for opportunities to come their way, the pair quickly found themselves playing Houston’s Red Cat Jazz Fest, and in the studio with super producer TBerry (Rick Ross, Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Ciara) after being introduced by Beyonce’s father Mathew Knowles and watching their Soundcloud numbers rise to 180k+ after their song “Make Me Do” was featured in a commercial for Her Imports hair products. They had only known each other for a month.
After a fan reached out to Houston, he found himself backstage at an Erykah Badu show (the fan happened to be his idol’s godmother), where he was approached by his future manager Mat Devine, who liked his look and vibe. The young musician soon inked a deal with Devine, the former frontman of electronic rock band Kill Hannah Atlantic Records, Roadrunner) and industry veteran Paul Stepanek (Sick Puppies, The Feud, Trevor Hall).
“I want to do something that will make a difference and fulfill me and the people around me,” Houston explains. Considering the current momentum behind his musical career, it is likely that the world will be feeling the difference soon.