The Sam Willows

The Sam Willows


Performing at SXSW 2013 helped elevate the Singapore music scene to great heights and converted many locals to listening to local music. We hope to represent the country again in 2014 and bring the awareness of local music in Singapore to a new level.


THE SAM WILLOWS was formed by siblings Ben and Narelle Kheng, and friends Sandra Riley Tang and Jon Chua. Bursting onto the Singapore music scene in May 2012 with their luscious harmonies and special brand of country-folk, The Sam Willows created a solid buzz across the island-state.

Since then, they’ve amassed more than 320,000 views on their YouTube page, which they keep stocked with the freshest originals and re-imagined covers. The quartet’s self-titled freshman EP was co-produced by esteemed local arranger Bang Wenfu, recorded and mixed at Soundfarm Studios and was mastered by Gene Grimaldi of Oasis Mastering, Burbank, CA. It was released to rave reviews on 27 October 2012 at their sold-out album launch party. Drawing inspiration from acts like Mumford & Sons, Bon Iver, Joss Stone, Keith Urban and the sound of a leaky tap, they craft an interesting country-folk sound interlaced with heavy vocals.
The band returned home from their North American Tour (8 to 24 March 2013), which included stops in Los Angeles, CA (Villain’s Tavern; The Roxy – On the Rox; Other Door Bar), Austin, TX (SXSW Showcase at Meduse Lounge and SXSW Second Play stages) and Toronto, ON (Canadian Music Festival showcase at the Dakota Tavern).

In August 2013, The Sam Willows released their latest single 'Glasshouse (Lillywhite Edition)'. The track was originally on the EP, but re-recorded with 5-time Grammy Award Producer Steve Lillywhite. Alongside a music video, which garnered 10,000 views on youtube within 24 hours of the release, the track has been widely received. The Sam Willows will be performing for the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Singapore in September 2013.


Oct 2012: The Sam Willows EP
August 2013: Single ' Glasshouse (Lillywhite Edition)'

Set List

All Original Material: