NEWS: Sam Sparro Announces UK Dates

Sam Sparro will release his sophomore album, ‘Return To Paradise’, on Virgin records 11th June 2012. Also just confirmed are two very special UK shows in Birmingham and Manchester to celebrate the release.

Part soul crooner, part pop star with an ever-morphing, chameleon-like quality, Sam coasts a fine line between disarmingly earnest and a chic, credible cool.  He has become known not only for his distinct, scale-defying vocals and epic live shows, but also as a visual artist and style icon.

Signed to EMI Australia in December 2011 Sam has spent the last couple of years working on the follow up to 2008’s eponymous debut release. With a Platinum single (‘Black & Gold’), a Gold album, a Grammy nomination and 5 Arias under his belt, Sam has also been busy collaborating with the likes of Mark Ronson and Basement Jaxx as well as writing for other artists such as Natasha Beddingfield.  His fans include Katy Perry, Beyonce, Cee-Lo Green and Adele who covered ‘Black & Gold’ in the Radio 1 Live Lounge.

Sam’s new album, ‘Return To Paradise’, is a play on nostalgia and “paradise garage” – a genre derived from the hedonistic discotheque scene in New York in the late 70s that began in a parking lot giving rise to the term “garage” famous for its unique and eclectic style of disco and dance music.  It has been co-produced with long time collaborator Jesse Rogg.

It took a considerable amount of time as Sam was determined to get it right.  “It is the product of a lot of experimenting and songwriting – I changed direction at least 2-3 times, completely. I started doing more rock oriented stuff, then I went in a pop direction and then through the process of scrap booking stuff that was inspiring me I ended up with an album that was influenced by music from 1978 to 1984”.

The central themes are love and loss and the quest for inner joy and happiness.  “A lot of the songs are about me trying to find my sense of innocence and peace of mind and things that I felt had escaped me for a while”.

Whilst drawing on influences from the 70s and 80s the album is very contemporary with a modern take on these themes.

Working between the USA and UK – Sam is conscious of the sense of disillusion and struggle many people are facing.  “I know things in Australia are still pretty good but things in America – especially with the economy, people are struggling and disillusioned and looking for escapism and when times are tough people resort to nostalgia”.

During the process of making this album Sam says he tapped into a new found confidence to become a more prolific song-writer and generally more self assured.  “I’m more comfortable now and I’ve left things a little bit raw and not completely polished – so much modern pop music is so polished that you lose the soulfulness and essence and human touch”.

‘Return To Paradise’ challenges this and triumphs!

Sam will head out on two UK tour dates in next month:

Thu 14th June    Birmingham O2 Academy 2                  0844 477 2000
Sat 16th June      Manchester Deaf Institute                    0161 832 1111

Tickets are £10 adv and go onsale Wednesday 9th May at 9am – www.gigsandtours.com /             0844 811 0051

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