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Sam Louis

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2016 | SELF

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2016
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"Sam Louis Named April “Best Vocalist Of The Month” With His Song “Echo”"

Sam Louis, a pop singer/songwriter based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, has won the SingerUniverse “Best Song Of The Month” Competition for April, for his performance of his song “Echo.” This song is included on Louis’ album Daydream, which he released independently in April 2016.
“Echo” is a modern pop ballad which has an electronic flavor to it. The song has an appealing melody, which flows well from beginning to end. “Echo” provides a good showcase for Louis’ expressive, heartfelt lead vocals, and he also adds good harmonies in the choruses. This recording was skillfully produced by Louis’ friend, Greg Smith, who is a DJ and producer in Thunder Bay (in northwestern Ontario).
Louis grew up in Thunder Bay, where he began singing, playing piano and writing songs. He was inspired by listening to such favorite artists as Elton John, Michael Jackson and the Beatles, and more recently to Justin Timberlake. During high school, he formed a band with his friend Kevin Enstrom, called Maraday Park.
For college, Louis attended Lakeland University and studied classical music for two years, and then he moved to Toronto and enrolled in the Humber College Contemporary Music degree program. At Humber, he studied songwriting, performance and production, and he subsequently graduated with a B.A. Degree.
Following college, Louis decided to stay in Toronto. He initially formed a folk duo called Brother Brother, but he eventually decided to focus on a more pop & electronic sound, and became a solo artist. In 2014, he released an EP called The Gemini Series, and then he began writing and recording songs for his 2016 album, Daydream.
One of the first songs Louis recorded for his album was “Echo.” “I wrote ‘Echo,’ and I really put my heart and soul into the tune, and really focused on the lyrics,” he explained. Another key song on the album is “Sunset Love,” which was released as the first single.
Currently, Louis has been promoting his Daydream album, and he recently wrote a new song called “One,” which won an online song contest hosted by Indaba Music. Louis has also formed a five-piece band, which has been playing shows in the Toronto area. In addition, he has written and recorded several new songs including “So Long, California” and “Wild Days,” which will soon be released as singles. - Singer Universe - Dale Kawashima

"Sam Louis Brings Daydream Home"

It’s that time of year, when Thunder Bay movers and shakers return home for the holidays and show their hometown how they’ve been honing their skills in bigger cities, and more competitive markets.
Coleman Hell, Sydney Blu, Classic Roots and Poor Young Things are all local exports who are known to bust a tune in the Lakehead over the holidays.
Singer, songwriter, producer and DJ Sam Louis (a.k.a. Sam Migliazza) may have dropped his debut full-length album Daydream back in April, but tonight at the Foundry, Thunder Bay finally gets a taste of the sunny electro vibes.
“I’m really excited for the show,” said Louis. “It’s cool being able to play a show while people are still home over the holidays. I’m pumped to give back and have the city see the talent we’ve been building, the band is made up of all Thunder Bay musicians. A show in my hometown is something that I always want to be able to do - to come back home and play in the city. It’s the best feeling to showcase what I’m doing and what it means to me.”
No stranger to the stage, Louis fronted local pop-rock band Maraday Park for six years and landed countless lead roles in musicals, both in Thunder Bay and Toronto. While Louis had a full band performing with him for his Toronto record release show, his Foundry performance will have a more electronic sound.
Former local musicians backing up Louis will be guitarist Kevin Enstrom, Matt Migz on sampling and percussion, and Greg Smith on synthesizer.
“We’ll be playing most of the songs from the album plus three brand new tracks,” said Louis. “It’ll be cool for people to hear some new, unreleased material.”
There’s even a small acoustic treat - two new songs which just reached completion a month ago - as a kickoff for the new sound Louis will be releasing later this year.
Though still promoting Daydream, Louis says his next record is already shaping up to have more of a focus on the live sound, with pop rock at the heart.
“The songs I’ve been writing are taking more of a rock route, with a heavy vibe of nostalgia, bigger sounding songs, one with even a hip hop rock vibe,” he said. “I’m exploring different genres and focusing on building a fan base in Toronto. I want to record more of a live sound.”
Residing in Toronto since 2011, Louis has a bachelor degree of contemporary music from Humber College. His single Crave U was recently used in an indie movie called What Happened Last Night. He recently attended the film premiere in New York.
“Going down there was a cool experience. I was the only Canadian. When I heard my song in the film it was surreal, the best part was seeing my name in the credits. It was a little big moment.”
Louis has a few videos under his belt. A YouTube search will reveal the video for On Fire shot in Anaheim, Calif. As well as a video for his rendition of the Justin Timberlake song Can’t Stop The Feeling. The authentic studio feel of the video was met with much positive feedback and social media attention.
With coming work bridging genres, it’s interesting to find out the variety of underlying influences include Michael Jackson, The Weeknd, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Bruno Mars, The Beatles and other.
“Even Bryan Adams,” said Louis. “He’s actually a new influence. He’s put out so many hit songs of classic nostalgic. The last album had more of a new-wave, dream pop vibe, but the new material is pulling from nostalgia. I want people to soak into the tunes.”
The Sam Louis forecast looks a lot like new and eclectic music is on the horizon. He’s aiming to release singles, book live shows and make music with a new re-vamped feel.
“The push for a more rock feel has always been in my writing,” he said. “Now I’m trying to mesh genres to make my own sound. I’m excited to show what we’ve put together. It’s going to be a big show.”
Sam Louis performs tonight at the Foundry. Music starts with opening act Capri (Ruberto) at 8:30 p.m. Sam Louis’ album Daydream will be available for purchase. - The Chronicle Journal - Angie Valente

"The Evolution of Sam Louis" - The Walleye - Kyle Poluyko

"Sam Louis' "Crave U" Makes You Crave His Upcoming Album"

What’s perhaps most impressive about Sam Louis’s music is its incredible versatility; from one song to the next he switches genres so completely you might be hard pressed to believe they’re by the same artist. The Thunder Bay native has an extensive musical background, having been associated with bands and production companies spanning the full spectrum of musical styles throughout his life. A vocal graduate of the Humber College Contemporary Music degree program he also has 8 years of musical training in jazz, classical, and contemporary. And this incredible foundation is evident through the vastly different sounds he has experimented with in the tracks he has released in the past few years.
His first EP, The Gemini Series, released in April 2014, contains 3 original pop/rock songs that fall more on the musical theatre side of the spectrum than the EDM tracks he’s been releasing more recently. And while his earlier songs are undoubtedly good and leave no doubts as to his technical skill, his experiments in electronic music feel fresher, more original, and put his classically trained voice to use within a more mainstream friendly format. His track “Crave You”, released at the end of last year, is a stark departure from “Sacrifice”, the first track off his earlier EP. It features bouncy, optimistic beats and airy sun-soaked instrumentals as the backdrop to Louis’s clear vocals. It’s reminiscent of a bright summer day but would be equally at home within the clubs of Toronto, Louis’s current home while he pursues his solo career.His first full length album, Daydream, is set to be released in April 2016, and if it’s anything like “Crave You”, or his equally danceable track “Sunset Love”, you can expect a sound that’s a vast departure from his earlier work while still managing to prove his musical chops. - 24our Music


Live ft. Say Kate
Crave U
Drowning in Your Love
On Fire
Out of Touch
Sunset Love
After Party ft. Zanski

Produced by: Kevin Belanger, Matt Migliazza, Greg Smith, Ethan Myers, Paul Rusu, A.J. Healey, Tom Probizanski, Sam Migliazza
Recorded at Astound Audio
Vocal Engineer: Kevin Belanger
Engineers: Kevin Belanger, Matt Migliazza, Greg Smith, Ethan Myers, Paul Rusu, A.J. Healey, Tom Probinzanski
Lead Vocals - Sam Migliazza
Acoustic Guitar - Greg Smith
Electric Guitar - Michael Murray, Matt Migliazza, Greg Smith, Ian Leslie, Tom Probinzanski
Bass Guitar - Matt Migliazza, Greg Smith
Keyboards/Synth - Mike Ross, Sam Migliazza
Additional/background Vocals: Katelyn Buote & Jake White
Tenor Saxophone: Sean Mckinnon
Mastered by Phil Demetro at Lacquer Channel Mastering
All music and lyrics written by Sam Migliazza
Graphic Design by: Paige Strabala



When an artist is worth the hype they’re usually worth a lot more and Sam Louis is proving that he’s worth it all. This Toronto-based singer/songwriter first released the infectiously hypnotic single This Love, signalling to music lovers that there is a bold new music maker on the scene – someone who is able to sing/craft clever melodies and rhythms, but with a timeless air that crosses both genre and generations. The Humber graduate of the Contemporary Music Degree program inspires live on stage while demonstrating his technical skill. Sam has studied with various musicians such as Greg Wells (Adele) Rik Emmett (Triumph) Ian Terry (Celine Dion) and Denzel Sinclaire (Diana Krall) learning the ways of songwriting performance production music marketing and music business. Sam has also had the opportunity to work and song write with London based producer / songwriter / programmer James Sanger (Madonna U2 Phil Collins) and has rehearsed and worked with Toronto based Musician/Producer/Songwriter Alan Shiner (Pizza Pizza Coca Cola Mariah Carey and Drake). In 2017 Sam was recognized by the Toronto Independent Music Awards being nominated in the BEST POP ARTIST category. He has also won an Indigenous Music Award for Best Pop Album through three collaborations with his friend Joshua De Perry (Classic Roots). Last year Sam recorded and released the 7 song EP “Hallelujah Nights” under engineer Kevin O'Leary (Tragically Hip Shawn Mendes Billy Talent The Glorious Sons Walk Off The Earth). This year Louis’ new single produced by LA’s Shayan Amiri (A-Major, Andy Boy) has been streamed over 80k times. Sam is currently gearing up to release a new album later this year that will usher in a whole new sonic era for the artist. You won’t be getting his voice out of your head anytime soon. 

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