If you happened to listen to Kanye West’s song “The One” back in 2012 off of his G.O.O.D. Music: Cruel Summer compilation album, you might have heard the vocal stylings of a young Phoenix-based singer/songwriter named Sam Bruno. Bruno and her creative partner Lifted first caught Kanye West’s attention in 2011 while on a trip to Los Angeles to promote their newly minted musical collaborations.
Fast forward five years to today and Sam Bruno has released her highly-anticipated first EP titled I AM SAM PT.1 with Atlantic Records. Like so many female artists nowadays, Bruno took many aspects of the technical process into her own hands, especially when it came to her vocals. When asked about the depth of her involvement in the editing and mixing process, Bruno explained:
“I engineered and recorded most of my vocals on I AM SAM PT.1. I vocal edited and rough mixed all five songs, to the point when the mixers would get the songs to mix, they’d be like, ‘I’m not changing anything on your vocal mix, it’s already so great!’ Which is a huge compliment coming from Manny Marroquin [Kanye West, Rihanna, John Mayer] and Andrew Wuepper [Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey, The Hamilton Mixtape].”
Bruno is known for her ability to push the boundaries of musical genres with her electronic dance and hip-hop influenced pop. This talent is best featured on “Hello Hater”, the second track on I AM SAM PT. 1, and her breakout hit “Search Party”, featured in the 2015 film Paper Towns starring Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff.
Listen to the album here: