At only 30 years old R&B crooner Sammie has already had the same career longevity as many of the genre’s most celebrated veterans. Releasing his debut album From the Bottom to the Top at the tender age of 13, the childhood star found a way to step into the hearts and houses of young girls — and some women — everywhere. Equipped with oversized clothes and swift dance moves, there was no doubt that the young singer would go on to steal the limelight.
Delivering his self-titled sophomore album six years later, Sammie returned with a new sound and a more sophisticated and advanced demeanor. His audience had grown with him over the years and his more mature style continued to appeal to them. Though things seemed to be back on the rise, the singer encountered another break from the industry — with occasional pop-ups on tracks — leaving fans ultimately questioning whether or not we would see the “You Should Be My Girl” crooner’s light shine as bright as predicted.
After laying low for another six years, Sammie reemerged on the scene with new music in tow. Releasing two EP’s Insomnia (2012) and The Leigh Bush Project (2013) as well as the independently released third album Indigo (2015), the singer’s name began to circulate once again and remind the world of his rightful place under the spotlight. Finding major success with his 2016 EP I’m Him, the newfound sex symbol was prepared to give his fans what they’d been missing.
Now ready to release his brand new album, Coming of Age and currently touring with the R&B General Tank, Sammie is ready to finish what he set out to start almost 20 years ago. Sitting down with ThisIsRnB’s own Ni’Kesia Pannell, the crooner discussed what you can expect from the new album and even dropped a gem that Usher gave him many years ago.
“Usher told me the journey is the destination,” explained Sammie. “I didn’t understand what that idiom meant at the time, but pretty much what I took it as now is everything that I was going through was building me for this moment. My main components and goals were just to continue and go forward. It’s totally a different me; I’ve come of age.”
Check out the full interview above.