May 18, 2020 – (Burbank, CA) – Reigning “American Idol” winner Just Sam who was crowned America’s newest “Idol” during the epic grand finale event culminating the all-new innovative and critically celebrated season on ABC, signed an exclusive record deal with Hollywood Records/Industrial Media’s 19 Recordings, it was announced today.
Hailing from Harlem, NY, 21-year-old Just Sam was busking on the subways of New York and singing car to car before they found themself auditioning for American Idol. At the tender age of six, Just Sam was adopted by their grandmother, Elizabeth, with whom they share an unbreakable bond. Knowing they had a passion for music and wanting to help their grandmother pay the bills, Just Sam started busking in middle school and ultimately found their calling as a versatile chanteuse. Growing up a tomboy, Sam frequently changed their style. So much so that in high school, their classmates didn’t know how to categorize her. They weren’t a girl, they wasn’t a boy, they were Just Sam.
Throughout the season, Just Sam has shown both their vulnerability and fearlessness in their songs and interviews. Their soaring emotional dedications to her grandmother, such as “Believe” (American Idol alumnus Fantasia) left nary a dry eye, while surprise choices like “Como La Flor” (Selena Quintanilla) demonstrated their fearless metamorphosis into a superstar. In their finale moment, singing a heartfelt rendition of “Rise Up” (Andra Day), Just Sam rose to the top and took the crown.
Just Sam’s song, “Rise Up,” is available now wherever you stream music here.
Watch Just Sam perform “Rise Up” by Andra Day on American Idol here.
Just Sam performs this morning on Good Morning America here and
Live with Kelly and Ryan here.
About American Idol
“American Idol,” the iconic series that revolutionized the television landscape by pioneering the music competition genre, returned to airwaves at its new home on The ABC Television Network for a third season. Helping to determine who America will ultimately vote for to become the next singing sensation are music industry forces and superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Emmy Award-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest retuned as host of the beloved series, and famed multimedia personality Bobby Bones continued his role as in-house mentor. “American Idol” is produced by Fremantle and Industrial’s 19 Entertainment. Executive producers include Fremantle’s Trish Kinane, also serving as showrunner, Jennifer Mullin, Megan Wolflick, with Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman serving as executive producers for 19 Entertainment. Fremantle distributes the series worldwide.
About Industrial Media’s 19 Entertainment
Industrial Media is an independent production group launched with the acquisition of The Intellectual Property Company (IPC) by the reorganized companies of CORE Media Group. Through its work with well-established industry leaders, including ownership interests in Sharp Entertainment, IPC, and B17 Entertainment, and partnerships with Radicle Act, the Company creates and produces multi-platform programming of various genres for audiences worldwide. Industrial Media companies currently produce over 50 series across 35 networks annually. Key programs include the global hit “American Idol” co-produced by 19 Entertainment for ABC and “So You Think You Can Dance,” co-produced by 19 Entertainment for Fox, Sharp Entertainment’s “90 Day Fiancé” franchise for TLC and The Intellectual Property Corporation’s Emmy®-winning hit documentary series “Leah Remini: Scientology & the Aftermath” for A&E. Additionally, Industrial Media’s 19 Recordings has launched the music careers of platinum artists including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Phillip Phillips, Lauren Alaina; and more recently, “American Idol” winners Maddie Poppe and Laine Hardy along with prior contestants such as Gabby Barrett, scarypoolparty and Laci Kaye Booth. Industrial Media is backed by the private equity firm Crestview Partners, BlackRock Asset Management, and the United Talent Agency. For more details, visit www.industrial-media.com.
Disney Music Group is home to Hollywood Records, Walt Disney Records, Disney Music Publishing, Buena Vista Records, and Disney Concerts. The labels’ genre-spanning rosters include Queen (in North America), Sofia Carson, ZZ Ward, Breaking Benjamin, Bea Miller, Sabrina Carpenter, Joywave, Olivia Holt, Tini Stoessel, Dreamers, DCappella, Almost Monday, Temecula Road, Adam Hambrick, Laine Hardy, Scarypoolparty, Alt Bloom and more. DMG also releases family music and film and television soundtracks such as the chart-topping “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Descendants,” “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” Oscar-winning “Coco” and “Moana” soundtracks, and the Oscar and Grammy-winning “Frozen” soundtrack. Recent releases include “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” “Frozen II,” “The Lion King,” “Captain Marvel,” “Aladdin,” “Toy Story 4,” “Jojo Rabbit,” and “Ford v Ferrari.” Upcoming titles include Mulan, Marvel Studios’ “Black Widow,” Disney and Pixar’s “Soul,” and 20th Century Studio’s “West Side Story.” DMG has a rich catalog with a lasting legacy that has impacted pop culture globally, including music from films like “Snow White,” “Pinocchio” and “Star Wars,” artists like Annette Funicello, and beloved classics like “It’s A Small World.” DMG produces the Disney’s For Scores podcast series highlighting conversations with acclaimed film composers from Disney, Marvel Studios, Pixar 20th Century Studios and more. Disney Concerts licenses and produces hundreds of shows around the world, including Star Wars in Concert, Disney On Classic, “Beauty And The Beast,” Pixar In Concert, “A Nightmare Before Christmas,” and many more.
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