, Shea Rose
Saturday, Apr 21, 2012 7:00 PM EDT
(6:00 PM Doors)
Highline Ballroom, New York, NY
Dinner menu available • GA Standing • Limited seats available • First come, first seated • $10 min/person at tables • All ages
"Damn, that white boy can sing!" declared Chaka Khan about Sam Sparro, circa 1994. Born and raised in Australia as the son of a gospel singer, Sparro got his start singing in church before moving to Los Angeles with his family at age 10. After a period of traveling and trying unsuccessfully to launch his music career, he released his six-track EP Black and Gold in late 2007 on the independent Modus Vivendi Music label. The title track, and Sparro's popularity, quickly exploded in the United Kingdom, prompting critics to compare Sparro to legendary artists like Prince, The Gap Band, and Basement Jaxx. He quickly signed to Island Records, which released his self-titled debut album the next year, featuring the tracks "Cottonmouth" and a re-release of "Black and Gold." The album reached the top five on the UK Albums Chart, selling over 100,000 copies. "Black and Gold" also received a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording.
The next few years saw Sparro tour as a part of an inaugural Wonky Pop tour, collaborate with Basement Jaxx on the single "Feelings Gone," and work with the collective Chauffeur (featuring Theophilus London and Mark Ronson) on the cut "Soles on Fire." He has also released a new track of his own, "Pink Cloud," which featured a video directed by artist and designer Franc Fernandez, and recently collaborated with Adam Lambert on Lambert's upcoming release Trespassing. Sparro is currently putting the finishing touches on his own sophomore album Return to Paradise, due for release this spring.