SAM WOOLF is a 21-year-old folk/pop singer songwriter known for his original arrangements, beautiful pitch, perfect tone and emotional original songs. His performances and recordings have obtained millions of views on YouTube and Sam receives tremendous support from his fan club, the “WOOLFPACK” on social media. Sam Woolf has gained national recognition as a finalist on American Idol’s 2014 Season where he placed in the Top 5. Independent Grammy-winning producer Danny Blume produced and recorded an EP “Pretend” containing Sam’s originals for release. It debuted at #9 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart.
Sam was born in Detroit and lived in West Bloomfield, Michigan until he was 10. Sam has since lived in Florida and he graduated from Braden River High School in June of 2014. Sam’s father, Scott Woolf, introduced him to acoustic folk-rock music when he was a young child. Sam’s grandfather (“Papa Roy”) sent him to singing lessons with opera singer Bob Lischetti for several years, and Sam taught himself guitar. During high school, Sam began performing locally in Bradenton at restaurants and cafés and was a mentee of the Del Couch Music Education Foundation, which booked him for performances at local events.
In the summer of 2013, Sam attended a five week program for high school students at Berklee College of Music (the world’s premier contemporary music school) in Boston. He was one of four students chosen to perform live in the “winners” showcase as well as one of four students selected to perform in the theater-in-the-round singer/songwriters performance. He was also one of the Berklee students referred to American Idol for auditions.
Sam was a featured performer at an Alex Preston concert in New Hampshire, co-headlined with the Doobie Brothers, War, and Jefferson Starship, opened for We The Kings and has performed extensively at other public and private venues in Florida. He has toured throughout the Northeast with the Como Brothers Band, and was featured on a track of the Como Brothers’s EP, Live at 89 North. Sam is currently living in Boston and writing a set of originals with Israeli musical prodigy/guitarist Orion Meshorer and others.
Sarah Fortsch is a 18 year old singer-songwriter. She was born in New York State and is currently living in Michigan. Sarah started playing guitar when she was 6 years old and wrote her first song when she was only 4. In the first grade, She had her first public performance playing acoustic guitar as she sang ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ and was strongly encouraged to pursue her music career. When she was 10 years old, she started singing Elvis Presley covers at several coffee shops around the area, sparking her love for public performance.
At age 15, Sarah won first place for her performance at The Apollo Theatre in NYC at the world-famous ‘Amateur Night’ (‘Stars of Tomorrow section) with her original song ‘Kingdom’ with the Apollo band (song is available on the album). She also was chosen as one of the finalist in ‘Detroit’s Got Talent’ competition where she performed her original song, ‘Take it All.’
Her first single, “White Sheets” and first album, ‘Pacifier,’ were released in 2015, at age 16. Her single won an ‘Akademia Music Award’ for Best Pop/Acoustic song. She joined ASCAP shortly after the release of her first album.
Her new award-winning EP, “UNEVEN” is now out on all platforms. The featured song on it, “How Things Stack Up” won an ‘Akademia
She is proud of her position as Celebrity Ambassador for the Wish Upon a Teen where she has performed at their prom as well as many other events. She works with KnowResolve which helps to prevent suicide amongst teens and has performed for their banquets, benefit concerts, and much more. Sarah also volunteers at a local soup kitchen in Detroit.