Five Questions With Sam Hart

Niagara-based artist, Sam Hart has released her single, “Selfish”. This single brings a feeling of liberation after finally cutting a toxic relationship free.

“Selfish is about escaping toxic relationships. I think its fair to assume that all of us have experienced a toxic relationship in some forms; it could be with a friend, family member or partner. I’ve repeatedly found myself in one-sided relationships my entire life – they always start out with so much love, which is why I can never see it coming when it shifts. I wrote this song in hopes that next time I’ll see the signs, if not then that’s cool too.”

Check out the single below, and find out more about Sam in our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Hi! My name is Sam Hart and I’m a singer-songwriter and actor based out of the Niagara area. I’ve been creating music, acting in musicals, teaching music and performing in restaurants for a little while now. While trying to do all the things I love, I am fuelled by strictly mac and cheese and my nona’s pesto sauce.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

I think my music has a pop/alternative vibe. Everything starts out with just me and my piano and its normally when I’m feeling sad. But, lately, I’ve been trying to write when I’m happy, which has been a challenge for me! My producer Herag Sanbalian played a big part in helping me find a balance between sweet and sultry sounds with his outstanding ability to connect with the songs I brought to him. He really is a person who puts so much life into everything he touches.

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

I don’t have any live shows this upcoming summer as I’m committed to playing Belle in ‘Beauty and The Beast’ at The Greg Frewin theatre in Niagara Falls. I hope to plan some live shows once the show ends! I would say that since I’m involved in theatre my live performances would be a good mix between stripped acoustic vibes but also a rainbow dance party.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

I would suggest “Selfish” because writing it was really cathartic for me. I think it’s easy for people to get stuck in one-sided relationships and I’ve been there so many times. I think it’s important to understand when it’s happening to you and realize that you’re better than that and you deserve just as much love you give out.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

There are so many amazing Canadian artists right now but I will say my two favourites would be Lennon Stella and Billy Raffoul. Lennon has a way with words that are so relatable I feel like I’m going to explode every time I listen to anything she’s written. Her voice is so honest and soft but also has a punch to it that really sticks with me. ‘Like Everybody Else’ is my favourite track of hers and is a perfect example of lyrics that will make you explode.  Billy is another artist I think has a wonderful way with words. His track ‘Coffee’ is my favourite song to drive to and is playful in the guitar but also pulls heartstrings in the lyrics.

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