NYC based group Sami Stevens and the Man I Love combine Singer Songwriter, Jazz, and Future-Soul sensibilities for a truly compelling, dynamic performance.
Sami Stevens and the Man I Love - Baby Blue - Live at National Sawdust
Sami Stevens and the Man I Love - And I’m Right
About the Band
Sami Stevens and the Man I Love is “the tenderness you need today” - Stereofox. Founded in 2015 by bandleader Stevens, the group draws together cohesive, classic RnB style arrangements, impeccable vocal lyricism and phrasing, Joni Mitchell-esque harmony, and intense dynamic range, having you fighting back tears one minute and up on your feet the next. With the Man I Love, Stevens hopes to ride the line with listeners, lovingly challenging them with new sounds and ideas, and drawing them in with undeniable melodies.
With the Autumn 2017 release of their first album, And I'm Right, Sami Stevens and the Man I Love have carved out their rightful place in the NYC scene. And I'm Right (Leesta Vall Records), produced by Somerbridge Music, gives an imaginative, fresh take on old, warm sounds and grooves. Drawing comparison to artists like Emily King, Amy Winehouse and Hiatus Kaiyote, the record weaves through elements of Jazz, Singer-Songwriter music, and Classic RnB. And I'm Right is a window into Stevens' world, telling stories of vulnerability, love, growing pains, and fiercely powerful perseverance.
“And I’m Right” has the mark of maturity and that’s a rare thing to find these days...the lyrics often impress as well with “She Is God” and “Child They Said Was Mine” mixing together Phoebe Snow style lyrical intelligence with a concise emotional impact." -Bluesbunny
Just entering their touring years, Sami Stevens and the Man I Love has been featured at renowned Brooklyn venue National Sawdust and San Francisco jazz club Black Cat. Stevens has toured internationally with various acts, having played with artists like Jason Moran, Fred Hersch, J.G. Thirwell of Foetus, and "King of Treme" Shannon Powell. Currently, the Man I Love includes Bob Edinger on drums, Jed Lingat on bass, Noah MacNeil on keys, and Kazemde George on tenor sax.
"Baby Blue from Sami Stevens and the Man I Love is the tenderness you need today." -Stereofox
“To see Sami Stevens perform onstage is to experience a symphonic melding of jazz, funk and soul. Supported by a sultry, resonant voice, her style transcends genre categories and delights with surprises.” -RoomZoom
"In the final analysis, all music, regardless of genre, relies on passion for power, and Sami Stevens and her cohorts manage an entirely convincing demonstration of the very thing that makes all our hearts beat a little faster.” -BluesBunny
More about sami
NYC Vocalist Sami Stevens combines Jazz, Singer Songwriter, and classic RnB sensibilities to forge a truly unique voice in original music. A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, Sami has performed with jazz pianist and Genius Grant recipient Jason Moran and 6-time Grammy nominee Fred Hersch, recorded with eclectic Foetus composer J.G. Thirwell, "King of Treme" Shannon Powell, and underground legend Gary Wilson, toured opening for SoCal favorites Pinback, opened for Grammy nominated folk singer Greg Brown and Black Star MC Talib Kweli, sang for the premiere of Ty Segall’s “Emotional Mugger”, and collaborated with world champ drummer Thomas Pridgen. Her projects have been lauded by publications like Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and the New York Times.
Sami has toured the North America, Europe, and Australia with various projects, appearing at NYC venues like the Cutting Room, Brooklyn Bowl, and National Sawdust, and at music festivals like Sydney Fest, SXSW and Meltasia. Stevens has led the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, performed numerous times in Boston's Jordan Hall, and sang the national anthem in Fenway Park at age 16. Additionally, Sami acts as lead vocalist for in faux Italian 70’s soundtrack band Tredici Bacci (NNA Records), and prog soundtrack group Morricone Youth (Country Club Records).
Sami's latest project is The Man I Love, formed in the summer of 2015. An intimate, dynamic, Singer-Songwriter/Rnb/Jazz group, Sami Stevens and The Man I Love plays music written by Stevens, arranged in collaboration with the band. The band released their first album And I'm Right (Leesta Vall Records) in Autumn of 2017 on vinyl and digital formats. Selections from the record have since been featured on eclectic NYC station WKCR. “And I’m Right has the mark of maturity and that’s a rare thing to find these days...the lyrics often impress as well with She Is God and Child They Said Was Mine mixing together Phoebe Snow style lyrical intelligence with a concise emotional impact." -Bluesbunny
Sami studied privately with Dominique Eade and John McNeil at the New England Conservatory of music, where she graduated with a BM in Vocal Jazz Performance in the fall of 2014. The same year she received a BA in Psychology from Tufts University. Sami grew up in East Winthrop, Maine, and is currently living in Brooklyn, NY.
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