Sam Woolf

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Sam Woolf
Birth name Samuel Joseph Woolf
Born (1996-04-19) April 19, 1996 (age 18)[1]
West Bloomfield, Michigan, United States
Genres Folk rock
Occupation(s) Singer Songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2013-present

Samuel Joseph "Sam" Woolf (born April 19, 1996) is an American singer-songwriter from Bradenton, Florida,[1] who finished in fifth place on the thirteenth season of American Idol.

Early life[edit]

Sam Woolf was born on April 19, 1996 in West Bloomfield, Michigan to Mary and Scott Woolf.[2][3][4] His great-grandfather, Sammy Woolf, was a well-known Detroit bandleader, his uncle is composer Randall Woolf, and pianist Kathleen Supové is his aunt (by marriage). His great-uncle, Mickey Woolf, was a musician prominent in Detroit's Jewish community.[5] Woolf was a student at the Scotch Elementary School in West Bloomfield, but moved to North Port, Florida in 2006 when he was 9.[5][6] When he was 13, his mother remarried and moved to another city in Florida, and Woolf and his older sister Emily remained in Northport with their father. Woolf and his father moved to Bradenton just prior to his sophomore year of high school, where he attends Braden River High School. At the beginning of his junior year, he moved in with his grandparents who also live in Bradenton.

Woolf's first live public performance was at his sixth grade talent show where he performed The Beatles' "Hey Jude."[7] Woolf later became interested in music as a career, took singing lessons from an opera teacher, Bob Lischetti, and performed locally in Bradenton.[2] He also was mentored at the Del Couch Music Education Foundation and went to Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan for four weeks the summer after his sophomore year of high school. In the summer of 2013, Woolf completed a five-week program at the Berklee College of Music and was selected as one of the top four songwriters for their singer showcase, where he performed an original song, "The Same." [6] He has been accepted by Berklee College of Music, where he plans to study "songwriting and more music theory.[1]

While he was in Boston, the audition for the thirteenth season of American Idol was held near Berklee College of Music and at his mother's suggestion, he decided to attend the audition.[2]

American Idol[edit]

Woolf auditioned in Boston, singing "Lego House" by Ed Sheeran. He sang "Waiting on the World to Change" on the first round in Hollywood, and his original composition entitled "I Tried" in the final solo of the Hollywood Round.

Episode Theme Song choice Original artist Order Result
Audition Auditioner's Choice "Lego House" Ed Sheeran N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 1 A Capella "Waiting on the World to Change" John Mayer N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 2 Group Performance "Treasure"
with Kristen O'Connor
Bruno Mars N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 3 Solo "I Tried" (original composition) Sam Woolf N/A Advanced
Top 31 (10 Men) Personal Choice "Babylon" David Gray 4 Advanced
Top 13 This Is Me "Unwell" Matchbox Twenty 12 Safe
Top 12 Home "Just One" Blind Pilot 9 Safe
Top 11 Songs from the Movies "Come Together" The Beatles 1 Bottom 31
Top 10 Billboard Top 10 "We Are Young" Fun feat. Janelle Monáe 10 Safe
Top 9 I'm with the Band! "Hey There Delilah" Plain White T's 5 Bottom 32
Top 8 Back to the Start Solo "Lego House" Ed Sheeran 4 Saved3
Duet "Lucky"
with Malaya Watson
Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat 8
Top 84 Songs from the 1980s Duet "The Girl Is Mine"
with Alex Preston
Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney 3 Safe
Solo "Time After Time" Cyndi Lauper 7
Top 7 Competitors' Choice Duet "Let Her Go"
with Alex Preston
Passenger 3 Safe
Solo "Sail Away" David Gray 8
Top 6 Rock 'n' Roll "It's Time" Imagine Dragons 2 Safe
Country "You're Still the One" Shania Twain 7
Top 5 America's Requests Trio "Best Day of My Life"
with Jena Irene & Alex Preston
American Authors 3 Eliminated
Solo "Sing" Ed Sheeran 5
Solo "How to Save a Life" The Fray 10
  • ^Note 1 When Ryan Seacrest announced the results in this particular night, Woolf was among the bottom 3, but was declared safe first, as Ben Briley was eliminated.
  • ^Note 2 When Ryan Seacrest announced the results in this particular night, Woolf was among the bottom 3, but was declared safe, as Majesty Rose was eliminated.
  • ^Note 3 Woolf received the lowest number of votes; however, the judges decided to use their one save of the season to allow him to remain in the competition.
  • ^Note 4 Due to the judges using their one save on Woolf, the top 8 remained intact for another week.

Post-Idol[edit]

Danny Blume has agreed to produce and record an EP containing Woolf's originals for release.[citation needed] Woolf has deferred for one year an offer of admissions to Berklee College of Music until fall 2015, with a full tuition package of grants and scholarships.[citation needed] Woolf recently held a 'Welcome Home' concert at IMG Academy Stadium on September 27, 2014.[8] Woolf will also be in a concert on November 8th, 2014 at the Capitol Center For the Arts in Concord, New Hampshire with fellow Idol alum Alex Preston.[9]

Discography[edit]

Digital singles[edit]

Year Song Album
2014 "We Are Young" Non-album single
"Hey There Delilah"
"Lego House"
"Time After Time"
"Sail Away"
"You're Still the One"
"How to Save a Life"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Tatangelo, Wade (February 25, 2014). "'American Idol' finalist and Bradenton student Sam Woolf says confidence will show: interview". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Fred Bronson (March 20, 2014). "'American Idol' Season 13: Sam Woolf Explains the Magic of 'Hey Jude'". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  3. ^ Roger C. Pettingell. "Sam Woolf Continues on American Idol". 
  4. ^ Brian McCollum (February 20, 2014). "'American Idol' sends 3 Michigan-born contestants onto the big stage for finals". Detroit Free Press. 
  5. ^ a b Brian McCollum (February 20, 2014). "Michigan singers are a wonder as 'American Idol' enters semifinals". Detroit Free Press. 
  6. ^ a b "Before the 'Woolfpack,' he was just shy Sam Woolf". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. 
  7. ^ Jay Handelman (January 15, 2014). "Bradenton student Sam Woolf advances to Hollywood Week on 'American Idol'". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. 
  8. ^ "Sam Woolf in Concert". IMG Academy. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  9. ^ Reid, Matthew. "Alex Preston Is Coming Home". Mix104.1. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 

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