Sam is a 19 year old singer/songwriter and lives in Essex with his family. He attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School in London and appeared in various TV programmes and West End Theatre shows as a child but rejected the ‘musical theatre’ path and started writing his own songs when he was just fourteen.
Sam was spotted by ex-Spice Girl, Geri Halliwell when he was 15 and joined a 5 piece mixed teen band that Geri was developing when he left school at 16. He spent more than 2 years in Geri’s band during which time Sam was lucky enough to work with some of the best music producers in the industry.
In June 2012, Sam made a decision to leave the band and go it alone to pursue his ambition to produce and perform his own music.
?He has spent the last year gigging (for free) all over the UK to help build a following. He has aslo been working with successful hit producer, John McLaughlin. Sam released his debut single 'Runaway Train' on iTunes at the end of 2012 and his second single 'Crazy' in June. He is currently writing music for his first album. His music is original and his voice has a unique, distinctive tone.
Sam Callahan has admitted bullies who kicked him in the face when he was a child have been coming out of the woodwork trying to befriend him now he's on The X Factor.
Aged 12 Sam was pinned down and kicked by two older boys who called him 'gay' because he enjoyed performing. He was also forced to call the police when he was attacked by bullies wearing football boots. Poor Sam!
Although Sam has tried not to "hold grudges", his mentor Louis Walsh thinks this past trauma will help Sam cope with the pressures of the music industry.
The Essex-born barman said, "I got pretty badly bullied at my first secondary school, so had to leave there and I went to Sylvia Young. It was both verbal and physical. I got really badly beaten up."
He added, "I was quite small and had really blond spiked hair and blue eyes, and I think they wanted to knock me down a peg or two. We had to get the police involved once – when I was 12 a 16-year-old held me down while his mate kicked me in the face with his football boots. We called the police but we didn't press charges."
Sam has revealed that the same bullies have recently sent him good luck messages on Facebook after spotting him on the ITV show.
He said, "Since I went on the show, quite a few of the bullies have got back in touch with me, as if nothing had happened. They sent messages and just acted as if we were old friends and should meet up. I'm a lot older now – I try not to hold grudges."
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Posted By: Thor87 |
11/05/13 11:00 AM
Not holding a grudge shows wisdom and to have that at his age is a great attribute