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Sam Cockrell

Inspired by the 'Jackson 5 ', Sam began writing, recording and performing original material with his band "The Brothers of the Ghetto" at the tender age of nine. They got discovered in the early 70's by noted producer Willie Mitchell, changed their name in "Majik", and took them down to his Memphis recording studio to cut three R&B singles, which moved on to become regional hits in the Chicago and Tennessee markets. Later, Cockrell went on to write and record "Gotta Get Up" with Kool & The Gang's Kevin Bell, which became a national scoring on Billboard’s Top 100 chart. Over the years Sam has also made himself a name as a sideman and has shared the stage with the likes of B.B. King, James Brown, Chaka Khan, Rick James and A.C. Reed, to name a few. Cockrell says he learned a lot about being an entertainer from working with these legends. These days, he holds a unique position as the bandleader, vocalist and bass player for his quartet. The band lives up to it’s name by performing a variety of highly danceable music, lead by Cockrell’s expert showmanship, specialized in audience participation and a nice sense of humor. As a solo artist, Sam Cockrell firmly believes in musical diversity, as evidenced on both his CD releases, "I'm In The Business" and "Colorblind" and throughout his lengthy career he has done his part to break down musical barriers. When it comes to the Blues, Cockrell can be counted among the ranks of contemporary artists like Robert Cray, Michael Hill’s Blues Mob or the Kinsey Report, who keep on pushing the boundaries of the Blues.

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