Singer Sam uses his music to overcome a terrible tragedy

Singer-songwriter Sam Baker, appearing at The Greystones, Sheffield
Singer-songwriter Sam Baker, appearing at The Greystones, Sheffield
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Sam Baker, Greystones

The Texan singer-songwriter started writing and performing to come to terms with a terrible tragedy that hit him at the age of 32.

Sam was taking a train ride through Peru when a bomb exploded in the carriage, killing seven people, including a German boy and his parents who were sitting close by him.

Having survived, but left with both physical and psychological scars, Baker set out determined to relearn the guitar and rebuild his memory and speech.

His minimalist storytelling techniques have been attributed to this and his appreciation of each day is a clear theme running throughout his work.

He said: “Life is a gift. I went through a lot of bitterness – a lot of anger.

“But those things are toxic.

“Gratitude for what remains is more helpful than resentment for what was lost.”

He is touring now following the success of his acclaimed 2013 album, Say Grace.

He caught the attention of taste makers including BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris with his first album Mercy back in 2004. Baker followed that up with Pretty World in 2007 and Cotton in 2009.

They are now referred to as the Mercy trilogy.

The trilogy maps his path of recovery combined with the overwhelming theme that

“everyone is at the mercy of another one’s dream’”.

His latest album was recorded with the support of pledges from

fans across the world.

Sam is at the Greystones Road pub tomorrow night. Doors open at 7.30pm. Advance tickets: 0114 266 5599 or www.mygreystones.co.uk