Equal parts cool girl and the girl next door, Monument Records recording artist Sam DeRosa is the best friend music lovers didn't know they had. After appearing on NBC’s Songland, fans fell in love with her ability to write songs that capture the raw emotions of love and loss with heartbreakingly personal yet universally relatable lyrics.
Growing up in New York, Sam started writing her own songs at a young age, though didn’t often share her material. Sticking with popular cover songs, Sam would enter talent show after talent show, only to lose out to other contestants. Finally, when she was 15, she brought her keyboard onstage and sang an original song. The judges gave her a perfect score.
After graduating from Berklee College of Music, Sam was invited to one of her first co-writing sessions in New York. Making the drive from Boston to New York City, she co-wrote a song called “Broken.” Two years and a move to Los Angeles later, “Broken” became a smash hit for lovelytheband and the doors flew wide open for Sam. Since, “Broken,” Sam has written bona fide hits, including “Be Happy” for Tik Tok star Dixie D’Amelio, and songs for Lukas Graham, Welshy Arms, and Madison Beer, to name a few.
Competing on Songland, Sam worked with judge and multi-Grammy award winning producer and songwriter, and Monument Records co-president, Shane McAnally. Singing her original song, “Pill for This,” Shane saw a bona fide pop artist and promptly signed her to a record deal with Monument Records, who released “Pill For This” to much acclaim.
Now, Sam is ready for her own voice to be heard, with her Debut EP, The Medicine. The first track off the EP, “321,” was called an “…artsy, moody bit of fabulous” by Parade Magazine. About the second track, “Sad Faces,” Refinery29 said “Her honesty is refreshingly relatable during times like these, but somehow, the upbeat pop melody backing the lyrics also gives us hope that things might turn out okay.” The six song project, is out later this year.