As the daughter of legendary rock guitarist Joe Brown and backing singer Vicki Haseman (of Vernons Girls fame), Sam was always destined for a musical career. Her early singing experience was as a vocalist with NYJO and her first musical pay-day was in 1978, singing backing vocals on the Small Faces’ final album 78 In The Shade.
Sam later worked as vocalist with several other groups, including Spandau Ballet, and with her mother on a 1982 solo album Before I Forget, with former Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord. She signed a contract with A&M Records in 1986 and recorded Stop!, her most successful song, released as a single in 1988. An album of the same name, issued the same year, sold over two and a half million copies worldwide.
As well as her solo career, Sam has also had a successful career as a backing vocalist: providing backing vocals for Pink Floyd on their 1994 album, The Division Bell, and accompanying them on tour to promote the release and singing with David Gilmour in concert in 2002. She was also a backing vocalist for the Party at the Palace, a concert at Buckingham Palace in 2012 to celebrate The Queen’s Golden Jubilee.
For many years she was a featured singer with Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, and returned to the UK Albums Chart top 10 in October 2007 when her composition Valentine Moon was included on the band’s hit album Best of Friends.
Sam is an accomplished ukulele player and runs the International Ukulele Club of Sonning Common, the North London Ukulele Collective and the People’s Ukulele Brigade (PUB). She is also a patron of Tech Music Schools in London, made up of Vocaltech, Guitar-X, Keyboardtech and Drumtech, and teaches backing vocals classes at the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in Guildford, a school for rock and pop musicians.