Sam’s sin­gle ex­cites fans

Central Leader - - NEWS - By CATHER­INE HEALY

The thing that trou­bles Sam Ver­lin­den’s mother most about his singing ca­reer is the be­hav­iour of the op­po­site sex.

‘‘I do worry a bit about him get­ting mauled by girls. They’re crazy,’’ she says.

Sam is a 15-year-old St Peter’s Col­lege stu­dent who has been signed to DNK World Mu­sic. His first sin­gle, I Want Ya, is get­ting air­time on Mai FM, Flava, Juice TV and C4.

The teen ap­peared in the Cen­tral Leader in 2011 when he was in­vited to per­form at Para­chute mu­sic fes­ti­val.

He’s fo­cus­ing on build­ing up his fan base and is work­ing on his EP, to be re­leased later this year. He’s also hop­ing to do an­other schools tour in the com­ing months.

It was a per­for­mance at Auck­land Girls Gram­mar last year that made his mother Bron­wyn re­alise how pop­u­lar Sam is with teenage girls.

‘‘They just went ba­nanas, you couldn’t hear your­self think.’’

Once he fin­ishes school Sam says he’d like to put all his en­ergy into mu­sic, al­though he does well in English and study­ing jour­nal­ism holds some ap­peal.

But right now his mother says noth­ing is more im­por­tant to him than his rugby team, which prac­tises twice a week at 6.50am.

‘‘If it’s a choice be­tween a mu­sic event and rugby, the rugby wins ev­ery time.’’

Sam seems to have no trou­ble jug­gling home­work, rugby and time spent in the record­ing stu­dio.

‘‘He man­ages to

fit

it all in and I don’t have to nag him,’’ his mother says.

While the first sin­gle is very much a pop song, the young vo­cal­ist en­joys R&B and soul mu­sic and looks for­ward to be­ing able to show his fans what he can do in other gen­res.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Go to cen­tral­leader. co.nz and click on Lat­est Edi­tion to see Sam per­form at Auck­land Girls Gram­mar.

Mov­ing up: Sam Ver­lin­den’s mu­sic ca­reer is on the rise since the re­lease of his first sin­gle.

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