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by Sam Woolf

Singer-songwriter Sam Woolf's debut EP features his acclaimed vocals and organic style, with lyrics reflecting emotions held close to him as he navigated through turbulent periods of his youth. Produced, engineered and mixed by Danny Blume.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Pretend
4:14 $1.29
2. What More Can I Say
3:26 $1.29
3. An Old New Home
4:34 $1.29
4. The Same
4:10 $1.29
5. Close to Me
4:19 $1.29
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Album Notes

SAM WOOLF is an 18 year-old singer known for his emotional compositions and the beautiful tone of his voice, which have sparked comparisons to Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith. His performances have obtained millions of views online by fans including members of his “#WOOLFPACK” fan clubs. Sam gained national recognition as a finalist on the AMERICAN IDOL® 2014 Season, placing in the top 5. He toured nationally as part of the 40 city American Idol® Live Tour this past summer. More recently, he has performed as the featured artist at several benefit concerts and appeared as a Special Guest at both Alex Preston’s and Ryan Beatty’s concerts. He will co-headline Winterfest in Florida on February 2015, along with the Grammy-winning Doobie Brothers.


DANNY BLUME is a Grammy-winning music producer, mixer, engineer, composer, and musician. Blume’s productions include Medesk Martin Wood, Jill Sobule, The Klezmatics, Falu, Irka Mateo, Eva Salina, Liminal, Elysian Fields, Dustan Louque, Ghost Train Orchestra, The Yohimbe Brothers, Paper Lions, Amanda Lepore, Northern State and many more. His original scores include “Night of the Living Jews”, “Nosferatu” with Liminal, Susan Marshall’s dance performance “The One and Only You,” and Steven Koplowitz “A Walk Between Two Worlds”. Performing highlights include Liminal, the Lounge Lizards, Jill Sobule, Gavin Friday, and Kid Creole and the Coconuts and television appearances including Conan O'Brien, SNL and The RuPaul show.


Sam wrote “Pretend” about an unattainable romantic interest. The song opens with Sam’s falsetto, reminiscent of a wind instrument, and features backing vocals by Cindy Mizelle.

At age 15, Sam wrote “What More Can I Say.” It was revised with Danny Blume for this EP. The acoustic version was selected for a featured performance at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. The strings were arranged by Guggenheim Fellowship Recipient Randy Woolf.

“An Old New Home” draws inspiration from Sam’s move to his grandparent’s home as a high school junior in order to secure a stable home life. The song also reflects his aspirations for the future. The song builds to an internal conflict in the bridge and then resolves into a positive conclusion.

“The Same” was originally written in 2013 as Sam grappled with a romantic interest in a girl who just wanted to be friends. The acoustic version generated positive comments from fans worldwide. Sam performed the acoustic version at the Berklee College of Music’s “Winners Showcase” in Boston.

“Close to Me” focuses on how people and events from Sam’s past are linked to his hopes for the future. It features backing vocals by Kurtis King and Cindy Mizelle that build subtly from the middle of the piece to the climatic finale.

The EP album “Pretend” was funded, in part, by Sam’s fans, the “#WoolfPack”, who supported this effort through a crowd-funding campaign.


Title Music and Lyrics
1) Pretend Sam Woolf, Danny Blume
2) What More Can I Say Sam Woolf, Danny Blume
3) An Old New Home Sam Woolf, Danny Blume
4) The Same Sam Woolf
5) Close To Me Sam Woolf, Danny Blume

DRUMS AND PERCUSSION - Jerry Marotta (formerly a member of Peter Gabriel’s band, Hall & Oates & Indigo Girls, performed on albums for Paul McCartney, John Mayer, Sarah McLachlan and many others).

BASS - Jesse Murphy (member of Brazilian Girls and Nublu Club)

PIANO AND KEYBOARDS - Marco Benevento (Marco Benevento tours extensively with his band and is also a member of Garage A Trois, his albums include TigerFace and Between the Needles and the Nightfall)



ADDITIONAL PIANO: On “Close To Me” - David Baron (Composer, Producer, Musician, and Arranger, performed keyboards and saxophone for Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass”)

Cindy Mizelle (currently with Bruce Springsteen’s tour, performed with Whitney Houston, Maria Carey, The Rolling Stones and many others)

Curtis King (currently with Bruce Springsteen’s tour, performed with Michael Jackson, Luciano Pavarotti, Madonna and many others)

Adrien Reju (Albums include Lucky Ones and A Million Hearts)

Zack Djanikian (Performed with Amos Lee and Tin Bird Choir, albums include The Brakes)

Randy Woolf for “Close To Me”- (Composer/Mentor for the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Guggenheim Fellowship, numerous compositions and arrangements, including film scores for Mary Harron, a ballet of Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are” and arrangements for John Cale’s songs for orchestra)

VIOLIN- Jennifer Choi (recorded/performed works by John Zorn, Elliott Sharp, Wadada Leo Smith, and the Susie Ibarra Trio and others and her own album Violectrika)

VIOLIN - Pauline Kim (performed on The Alchemist, Lemma and the Tara MacLean album and others)

VIOLA - Ljova (member of LJOVA and the Kontraband, albums such as World on Four Strings, collaborations with Yo Yo Ma and Jay Z)

CELLO - Dorothy Lawson (member of ETHEL, performs works of Don Byron, Mary Ellen Childs, Pamela Z, Marcelo Zarvos and others)

Recorded and mixed by Danny Blume

Recorded at Dreamland - Woodstock NY, Clubhouse - Rhinebeck NY, Hidden Quarry - Woodstock NY, Sun Mountain - Boiceville NY, Superfund - Brooklyn NY, Threshold Recording Studios - NYC

RECORDING ENGINEERS - Danny Blume, Bella Blasko, Paul Antonell, David Baron, Jeremy Sklarsky

MASTERING - Scott Hull at Masterdisk, assisted by Kevin Peterson

COVER PHOTOGRAPH - Manny Cruz © 2014

GRAPHIC ART - Saul Fineman of Fineman Communications © 2014


I would like to thank the following people who assisted with this EP:
Danny Blume and all of the many extremely talented musicians and engineers who worked on the EP and shared their vast knowledge and extraordinary skills with me.
My fans, including #WoolfPack members, who supported this effort through the T Shirt campaign.
My Uncle Randy Woolf who gave me advice on composition and advice on the production process.
My business manager Laura Fineman and her husband Saul Fineman, my Uncle Tod Woolf and Janet Savage-Blumenfeld who have provided logistical support and business advice to me during this process.
My grandparents Roy and Jacqueline Woolf for their continued support as I worked on this EP.
My entertainment legal counsel Mark Kovinsky who provided excellent advice.


Sam Woolf

©℗ 2014 Sam Woolf Music (BMI)
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I love Sam's voice so much, it's magical. I could listen to him for hours, I've flown considerable distance and had travel plans changed in the last two summers just to listen to him live. He has the ability to make me love every song he sings. Proud that at 17 he was already able to write heartfelt, beautiful originals. My faves are What more can I say and An old new home. He has only grown in talent. Pls continue to support him. Check out his new track and the gorgeous vid he uploaded with its release

Donna Kaminski

Sam Woolf's first EP is terrific! Each song showcases Sam's gorgeous voice, perfect pitch, and rich style. I have been listening to this EP for a week and I can't choose a favorite they are all so good in their own right. Sam's relaxed confidence, emotional connection through his lyrics and vocal nuances show what I had no doubt about the minute he opened his mouth on American Idol - he will touch us with his music for decades to come! I look forward to all he has to offer. Visit us at Woolfpack Grandmas - we aren't just grandmas, but we are all in support of our Sam!

Darla S. Nightingale

I can't stop listening to Pretend. What a beautiful voice Sam has and I can't wait to hear more from him in the future. Thanks to Sam for a wonder gift in his soulful and powerful voice.