About the Band
Formed in mid-2012, The Sam Willows are made up of siblings Benjamin and Narelle Kheng and their friends Sandra Riley Tang and Jon Chua.
Their rise to fame was described by leading Singapore broadsheet, The Straits Times, as “meteoric”. They released their self-titled debut EP to great acclaim in October 2012; amassed more than a million views on their youtube page with more than 15k subscribers; were invited to perform at Singapore’s broadcast giant, Mediacorp, Channel 5’s live telecast countdown show event, “Celebrate 2013”; took home the m:idea Youth Choice Award in 2013 and 2014 in the band category by popular vote; and won a week of studio time with a 5-time Grammy award winning producer, Steve Lillywhite, CBE, courtesy of The Music Society, Singapore.
In 2013, The Sam Willows played 6 international music festival and conferences in 8 months. These include SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, USA: Canadian Music Week in Toronto, Ontario. Canada; Digital & Music Matters in Singapore; MU:CON 2013 in Seoul, Korea; Zandari Festa, also in Seoul, Korea; and WAM Festival in Perth, Australia. The band has also been seen on big stages including the Style x Style Asia Style Collection (alongside Kpop Giants 2NE1 and Girls Generation); Under The Stars; The Youtube Sensations; and the F1 Singapore Grand Prix concerts. In 2014, The Sam Willows returned from their maiden tour of KL, where they played at the Damansara Performance Arts Cente and The Bee Publika. They were part of the Georgetown Festival in Penang, and were in the wildcard round for the final nominee spot for MTV EMAs Best South East Asia Act.