Often compared to Taylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson, 18 year old Sammy Hakim is a professional pop crossover artist, who is becoming well known through her performances at clubs, festivals and events throughout the United States. Although Sammy’s main love is singing, songwriting, she also enjoys playing the guitar, piano, ukulele, and violin, She has recorded and performed with Kevin Gutierrez, Jeff Juliano, Brad Blackwood, Euphonic Master, Ben Green, Aaro Keipi, Marcus Huber, Tony Alany, and Jeff Levin, among others. Sammy is most proud of the variety of original songs she has written and the work she does with charities.
iMoveiLive had a great opportunity to sit-down and speak with this young talent about her current single, “Tuck Me In”. this is a great single! Check out her reason behind releasing this song as a single.
Why did you select this song as your current single?
I selected “Tuck Me In” as a single because it had meaning. It tells the story of abuse and bullying, and raises money for charity, and I couldn’t think of another single when I saw the way the video turned out. The cast and crew who made the video for “Tuck Me In” are incredible.
How does this single relate to the rest of the Album, EP or Mix-tape?
The rest of this EP/Album is all about growth for me. I’m doing songs that are more diverse and poppy-er then my other music. For the first time I’ll also be able to take these songs and perform them onstage with a band which opens a bunch of doors, it’s just going to be a very fun, new sound and I couldn’t be more excited.
What was the writing process for the song?
I’d had the chorus for “Tuck Me In” a while, but when I got the call to fly down to Nashville, I knew this song had to go on the album. I sat down and really thought about what the chorus for the song meant, hundreds of times. Usually I’m a quick writer, I’ve got tons of 5 minute songs but this wasn’t one of them. I really sat and focused on what I wanted to do with this song and got a clear vision of how it could make a change if I wrote it right.
What does this song’s lyric mean to you?
It’s a cry for help. When you’re a little kid you’re always tucked into sleep by your parents, or loved ones and you always feel so safe. So this song lyric tells a story about abuse ( and neglect )that I have not personally lived, but have had family members and friends tell me their tales. So I took these stories, felt the desperation the stories let me feel and turned it into this song to make it a beneficial thing.
What would it be like to see you in person performing this song?
I’m actually really excited about that, on May 6th I’m going to be playing 12th and Porter in Nashville at 6:00. I’m going to have the video playing on screen behind me, and let the music speak for itself. I don’t want anything flashy or anything distracting from the song, just an emotional intimate performance.
Could your fans summarize who you are as an artist by this song?
I think they could maybe summarize a part of me. This song is all about making a change, collecting money for charity.
Is there a video planned and or completed and if so, what was the idea behind the video?
Yes. The video is about a little boys life. He and his mother are being abused by the father, but the little kid turns his “Wounds into wisdom”. “Turn your wounds into wisdom” is a quote from Oprah Winfrey that really pulled the entire video together. Both sales and views of the video and song go to charities against abuse and bullying.
One last question, what is your motivation behind your music?
I want to make a change in someone’s life. Whether it’s a catchy pop song that lifts your mood, or a strong ballad that brings you to tears, music makes people feel. I want my fans to experience that when they listen to my music video.
Iris Lounge April 11 7:30
Launch Conference April 18 Lancaster Pennsylvania at 8:45
12th and Porter- Nashville May 6 at 6:00