Sam Jaffe

Sam Jaffe

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

"Modern, Melodic, folky-pop-rock of major-league class" "It’s the good side of “radio-friendly”: accessible, tastefully manicured melodies, energetic vocals, and musical dynamics that set up for the hook before swelling into soaring choruses."

Biography

Born to folk-hippy parents in Boston, Sam Jaffe was surrounded by music and the arts as early as he can remember. Learning how to play guitar and piano from his mother at age 5, he gravitated towards the great artists of his parents’ generation; singer-songwriters such as Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Joni Mitchel, and Paul Simon, Motown acts like Otis Redding, and Marvin Gay, and classic rock bands such as The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, and The Beatles.

At 15, toting his acoustic guitar, notebook of songs, and whatever cab fare he could scrap together, Sam started gaining notoriety around New England's coffee houses, clubs, and college campuses. After high school in Cape Cod, he went south to study music at the esteemed University of Miami School of Music, majoring in classical voice and jazz composition. It was in these years that he started to combine his roots in folk, rock, and soul with his education of jazz and world music, which is evident today in the textures and rhythms that flow through his song’s arrangements. While still in school, he was performing consistently around the southeast US, both solo and with full bands. These performances garnered critical, national attention including write-ups in Billboard and Musician Magazine, and lead to an endorsement contract with Taylor Guitars, a relationship that continues today.

Currently based out of Los Angeles, Sam Jaffe tours frequently, covering the US, Europe, and South America, and performs regularly around California's premier venues, both with a band and solo-acoustic. His brand of soulful, acoustic driven, folky, pop-rock continues to draw large crowds of fans wanting to hear his penetrating voice and captivating, timeless songs.

In 2005 Sam completed his first full-length CD, “Something To Fall Back On”, which he wrote, arranged, produced, recorded, and performed vocals, guitars, keyboards, harmonica, percussion, and did the string programming. In addition, the record features his good friends: world-renowned musicians Vinnie Colaiuta on drums (Sting, Faith Hill, Frank Zappa), Jim McGorman on guitars and keyboards (Michelle Branch, “Rock Star” House Band on CBS), Derek Frank on bass (Jonatha Brooke, Ali & AJ), along with other top L.A. session players. “Something to Fall Back On” was mixed by Marc DeSisto (U2, Stevie Nicks, Michelle Branch) and mastered by Bill Dooley (Madonna, Motley Crue, Deftones). “Something To Fall Back On” has received rave reviews, and is currently selling very well through online sources, and at live shows.

Covering an extremely broad spectrum, and blurring the lines between alt-rock, AC, pop-rock, AAA, modern country, folk, and college markets, Sam’s music has been gaining momentum with radio, including several songs being added to the Clear Channel database, and being invited for morning-drive on-air performances and interviews on Rock108-KeyJ (Clear Channel – alt rock) and Kean-105.1 (Clear Channel - country). In addition, he is receiving airplay on satellite radio and several US college stations. International radio play currently includes Sweden, Germany, Italy, and France, as well as CBC Ottawa and Vancouver. His music has been featured on TV, film, and the internet, and his voice can be heard singing national commercial “jingles” for LA’s top music production companies. Caffeine Clothing has signed Sam to an endorsement deal and uses the single “Strong Enough” as the lead-off track on their new compilation CD. D'Addario Strings, Line 6, and PropellerHead have added Sam to their short list of endorsed artists as well. MTV & VH1 have licensed the entire record to use on six of their shows. In May and June ‘05, he performed in Brazil to over 65,000 people per show as a main-stage headliner for the Coca Cola Vibezone Festivals in Sau Paulo and Rio. He was the only international act invited to play, and the only artist performing for all four nights. Taylor Guitars & Apple Computers chose Sam to be a featured showcase artist at the 2006 NAMM Show in Anaheim. Most recently, Sam was the only American artist asked to contribute a song for the upcoming European release, “Timeless Vibrations – A Tribute To Bob Marley” which is due out in the summer of 2006.

And in his words, “Hopefully, I’ve only barely scratched the surface…”

Lyrics

Strong Enough

Written By: Sam Jaffe

Let’s see just how strong you are
Maybe your bite will break the skin?
You said I’ve pushed and pulled you long enough
And maybe it’s time I let you in
You see I’m old enough to know better
And young enough to not care all that much
I got a simple way to loose myself
I close my eyes and sink into your touch
I crossed the line ‘cause your line was drawn
Started a letter but it took too long
Wanted to tell you but I save it for songs I strum
So when was it far enough to fall apart?
and loose it all to a broken heart
Were you pushed too far that you had to stop
Are you strong enough, strong enough for us?

So lets see just how far you’ll go
You think you can walk a faster mile
Then you look at me and say you’re done
But you did it with a smile
You said you’re old enough to know better
And I’m the last thing that you need
But it’s a simple way to save yourself
You stop your heart before you let it bleed

I crossed the line ‘cause your line was drawn
Started a letter but it took too long
Wanted to tell you but I save it for songs I strum
So when was it far enough to fall apart?
and loose it all to a broken heart
Were you pushed too far that you had to stop
Are you strong enough, strong enough for us?

(chorus)

Sunrise

Written By: Sam Jaffe

I’d like to find myself in a river to the sea
In a little boat somewhere under the sun
There would be no one else
Except for you and me
‘cause we don’t need no help from anyone

and they won’t find us
they won’t see us leaving
and we can leave it all behind
we’ll take the long way into the sunrise
and forget about the time

Looks like a fire’s burning in the sky
We’ll blow a kiss and we’ll wave goodbye
And we won’t stop ‘till we reach the sunrise

I’d like to watch you swim and sparkle in the sun
Watch the water drip off of your skin
And I would kiss you deep like I’m diving in your smile
I want to feel your ocean suck me in

and they won’t find us
they won’t see us leaving
and we can leave it all behind
we’ll take the long way into the sunrise
and forget about the time

Looks like a fire’s burning in the sky
We’ll blow a kiss and we’ll wave goodbye
And we won’t stop ‘till we reach the sunrise

so come on, come on, come on, come on…

and they won’t find us
they won’t see us leaving
and we can leave it all behind
we’ll take the long way into the sunrise
and forget about the time

Looks like a fire’s burning in the sky
We’ll blow a kiss and we’ll wave goodbye
And we won’t stop ‘till we reach the sunrise
(repeat)

so come on, come on, come on, come on…

Home

Written By: Sam Jaffe

Let’s go away
Little darlin’, we can leave
There’s no place that you could dream
That if you close your eyes that we can’t be
Let’s go away
Oh my love I’m beggin’ please
Far away from everything
We’ll leave it all just you and me

We’ll find a long, wide, open road
To a little place that know one knows
All I need is you alone
And I’m home
You feel like home…

Let’s go away
And baby, leave the past behind
Say you’ll always stay with me
And press your body against mine
‘cause every day
I want you by my side
I need to feel your love
hold me close and say baby it’s all work out fine

We’ll find a long, wide, open road
To a little place that know one knows
All I need is you alone
And I’m home

We’ll find a warm, far away place
where I can watch the sunrise light your face
and you can take my heart for your own
and call it home

In My Head

Written By: Sam Jaffe

tell me - am I crazy?
I feel like I’m insane
just can’t seem to smile now when it’s raining
and I don’t think you could ever
really understand
I search for my solutions
the best that I can
but I need you home
not in my head
I need you home
inside my bed
inside my bed I feel you sleeping
and it keeps me up at night
years gone by and there’s still no sign of your light
and I don’t think I will ever
truly understand
teary eyes with daggers in your hands
but I need you home
not in my head
I need you home
inside my bed

Discography

Bedroom Recordings - solo-acoustic released 2003 - over 7000 copies sold
Something To Fall Back On - full band production- released 2005

Set List

Original set is anywhere up to 2 hours. With covers could be anywhere up to 5 hours