New Zealand reggae, soul singer and songwriter, Sammy Johnson (a.k.a. Sammy J) has released a new single, “Do You”, that has come accompanied by a music video. You can watch the video below ahead of his April tour dates…
Born in Australia, Sammy J embraces his Maori and Polynesian roots to create positive and uplifting music. Mixing together island reggae, soul and jazz with heartfelt lyrics, Sammy J’s sound is exhilarating and intoxicating. Now based in the U.S. Sammy J has seemingly exploded on the market selling out venues across the west coast and Hawaii.
With his new single, “Do You”, produced by ChazRox, Sammy J offers another signature soulful performance over a track that is more pop than reggae, with an acoustic intro that transitions into a poppy beat with back-up harmonies outlining a relationship at the end of its magic.
“‘Do You’ is a track that I wrote at the end of one my relationships. I’d been saving it until me and the girl involved were cool again, so we could remain friends. Basically, it’s about two lovers that know they are completely wrong for each other, but can’t seem to let go. It’s almost like the final goodbye.” Sammy J continued on to explain that, “We really tried to capture the intensity and the softness of the subject matter, by blending pop with R&B and reggae textures.” You can watch the video for the new single below.
Since 2012, Sammy J has released a string of singles and collaborations in addition to a pair of 8 track albums with Prelude in 2013 and Lion Roar in 2016. He plans to continue releasing singles throughout 2017 with hopes of a new album dropping in the early part of 2018.
You can view his available music catalog on iTunes by clicking HERE!
Below, you can find dates for Sammy J as he continues to tour. Off the stage, Sammy J shows the same commitment giving back to communities, as he works as a social worker when not on the road touring. Sammy J mentors troubled youth and offers them a positive outlet to focus their energy with a music therapy program.
Watch: Sammy J – “Do You”
Watch: Sammy J – “4U”