Sydney born singer/songwriter Sam Buckingham dropped out of school and left home at the age of 16, working odd jobs for friends of her parents and saving up enough money to get on a bus to Byron Bay, volunteering to pick up trash at the infamous Bluesfest in exchange for a ticket to the festival.
“Standing in one of those dusty tents I realised that I was on the wrong side of the stage” Buckingham recalls. “I felt an aching to be up there singing songs, just like all these incredible artists I was discovering. It really opened up my eyes to the power of music.” Buckingham returned home and started writing furiously, cold calling venues asking for gigs and saving up money for her first recordings.
Now, with two acclaimed albums and her grass roots, fan focused approach, Buckingham has become one of Australia’s most respected independent, self managed artists. Known for her intimate and “almost spiritual” live shows, Buckingham has been touring consistently since the release of her 2017 album “The Water”, lapping the country with Kasey Chambers, James Reyne and Diesel and selling out her most recent “Hammer & Love” national tour.
Currently writing her next album, Buckingham is sharing the next creative chapter with her fans, through online platform Patreon, baring all with song demos, sharing the day-to-day of being an artist and documenting the trials and triumphs along the way.
“I’ve always just thrown myself in the deep end, and so been forced into figuring out how to stay afloat” says Buckingham. “I think that’s the main reason I’ve been able to make anything work. I live in Byron Bay now, playing on the street when I’m not on tour – looking back, I always knew I’d end up here where that initial fire was sparked”