Sam Shinazzi is a singer/songwriter from Sydney, Australia.
A prolific writer and multi-instrumentalist, he now has five releases critically acclaimed from regions around the world.
In 2001 he recorded the solo acoustic mini-album ’Long Drive Home’, 2003 saw the more layered ’Less Than Perfect Day’ debut album and in 2005 Sam dropped his moniker of ’The C-Minus Project’ and under his own name gave us the band orientated ’Stories You Wouldn’t Believe’. In September 2008 his third album ‘Then I Held My Breath’ was released. April 2011 is the release of his fourth proper album ‘When the Lights Come Up’.
He has also had success co-writing including working with Jenny Queen on her album ’Girls Who Cry Need Cake’ which has enjoyed considerable success and critical acclaim in the UK and Europe, as well as Australia. He has also contributed to songs on her second album ‘After The Dance’, released on ABC Music in Australia.
Sam’s current band consists of Tessa Benjamin, Adam ’T-Bone’ Taylor, Bruno Brayovic (Peabody) and Graeme Trewin (ex-Peabody). Previous members include Adam ’Wes’ Gregorace (Devoted Few), Anthony The (Skull Squadron), Tom Hartney, Robert Cranny (Sarah Blasko), Ben Chamie (Peabody) and Beau Cassidy (ex-Starky). Guests musicians have included Jason Walker, Skye Knight (Devoted Few), Nicholai Danko (78 Saab) and Little Sky.
A versatile live performer, Sam is at ease playing with full band, with a guitarist or solo. As well as countless shows of his own, highlights of his live career include playing alongside BONNIE PRINCE BILLY, LOU BARLOW, BUFFALO TOM, MOUNTAIN GOATS, EVAN DANDO, THE PERNICE BROTHERS, JOSE GONZALEZ, JOSH ROUSE, CROOKED FINGERS, RICHMOND FONTAINE, STEVE POLTZ, HAYDEN, ART OF FIGHTING, MACHINE TRANSLATIONS, DARREN HANLON, HOLLY THROSBY, JOSH PYKE, AUGIE MARCH and festivals such as Peats Ridge Festival and the Great Escape Festival.
Sam has toured the USA in 2005 and 2009, and in 2007 CBS television show ’The Unit’ featured his song ’Until Sunrise’ in an episode.