“I don’t wanna die” and other thoughts from a young songwriter

Sammy Brue

 

Every now and then you come across young talent and think, “This kid’s really GOT IT.” Say hello to this month’s Saturday Spotlight, a writer of the musical variety. Sammy Brue is a 12-year-old songwriting, Sundance-performing folk singer. He’s been catching the eye of the media (Esquire magazine interviewed him recently) and is the star of a documentary in the making. Sammy’s lyrics hold maturity beyond his seventh-grade years and his tunes carry a unique, down-to-earth realness that sticks, long after hearing him. Big record label, here he comes.  (Don’t miss his video below. Dare you to watch without getting the tune in your head!)

Q. Sammy, you’re 12 now. When did you start writing songs?

I got my first guitar when I was 10 and about two weeks later I wrote my first song. My dad taught me like three chords, and all my life I’ve grown up listening to Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash – that’s where I got my folk scene, and I guess I taught myself.

Q. How many songs would you say you’ve written, and do the words or tune come first?

I’ve been writing a lot lately. I think I’ve written like 15-18 songs. I do a lot of short songs, and that’s when I put my songwriting to the test. I usually write the first two verses and then I get stuck until two weeks later. Sometimes I do the tunes first, and sometimes with the words first.

Q. Where do you get your inspiration?

Sometimes I write like Justin Townes Earle, sometimes the Avett Brothers. Matters what kind of music I’m listening to that week.

Q. This was your second year performing at Sundance in Park City. How’d it go?

I saw a whole bunch of movie stars and stuff like that. I usually busk on the street. In the main place I play at, HP Lounge, where I’m most popular, and Indie Lounge. Sylvester Stallone’s brother Frank loved me so much he told his manager about me, and his manager is pretty legit.

Q. What’s the best part – writing a song or performing it?

Performing it because I love watching the faces of the people, the look like, “Oh my gosh.” I love being center of attention.

Q. Where do you see yourself in five years?

I see myself on the road a lot and in school probably. Living a good life, playing music.

Without further ado, here’s a Sammy Brue original, titled, “I Don’t Wanna Die.”

Connect with Sammy Brue

sammybrue.com

Sammy Brue on Instagram

Sammy Brue on Facebook 

Sammy Brue  on YouTube 

 


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