In­spired by busk­ing

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

From the pave­ments of Queen St to the Olympic stage, singer-song­writer Sam RB has come a long way.

It has been a year since her song Stand Tall was se­lected as New Zealand’s 2012 Olympic Song.

The quirky busker is re­turn­ing to her roots with the re­lease of her sec­ond al­bum in­spired by her time spent busk­ing on Queen St.

Queen St Acous­tics com­bines ma­te­rial pro­duced over two years of busk­ing on the street.

‘‘It cel­e­brates the day-by­day, dol­lar-by-dol­lar, song-bysong progress forged on one of New Zealand’s busiest and most cos­mopoli­tan streets,’’ she says.

‘‘It recog­nises the peo­ple of Queen St who have made this al­bum pos­si­ble.’’

Busk­ing has been a val­i­dat­ing song-writ­ing process, she says.

‘‘I’ve been very for­tu­nate to find a place where my mu­sic is ac­cepted.

‘‘As a re­sult I’ve had more ex­pe­ri­ence and in­ter­ac­tion with live au­di­ences than I could have had any­where else.’’

Split Enz founder Mike Chunn has co-writ­ten two tracks on the al­bum.

A trib­ute to New Zealand artist Don Bin­ney also features.

The al­bum was re­leased on March 23 and Sam can be found per­form­ing it on Queen St most evenings.

It can be down­loaded from iTunes or Am­pli­fier.

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