A ZOOM call changed the fortunes of a singer-songwriter who has hit the top of the iTunes charts with his debut single.
Sam Hague (24), of Stag, released ‘For You’ last month after being contacted by someone in the business.
Sam had been playing songs over Zoom for his friend’s theatre company when someone on the call got in touch with the owner of artist management company AEC.
They then reached out and said they wanted to work with him.
“The original plan was for me to go down to Brighton to record a full EP but, due to Covid, that wasn’t possible, however we still wanted to try and release something,” said Sam.
“I’m no good at producing and mixing but I thought I’d have a crack at it. So I recorded everything from home and released a demo version of my song ‘For You’ which ended up doing better than I could have imagined.”
In its first week, the track reached number four in the iTunes singer-songwriter chart, and 130 in the official iTunes chart. The single has also had more than 5,500 streams on Spotify.
Over the past few weeks, Sam has been inundated with messages of support via social media.
“It's so overwhelming,” he said. “The love and support from people has been absolutely amazing and I cannot thank everyone enough for buying, streaming and sharing the song. “It’s surpassed my expectations by a country mile.”
The former Oakwood and Wickersley student studied acting at the University of Northampton. After graduating in 2017, he went onto work abroad as a cast member for TUI.
During lockdown he has been focusing on his music, which he will be releasing more of soon.
“I have a new single that is coming out on March 5 called ‘What Makes You Happy’, which will be available on all music platforms,” he added.
“It’s a very different vibe and takes inspiration from some of my favourite artists like The Beatles, Elton John, George Ezra and Harry Styles. I can’t wait for people to hear it!”
To find out more, search Sam Hague Official on Facebook.