DJ Sammy

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DJ Sammy
DJ Sammy in 2005, performing at the BCM nightclub in Mallorca
DJ Sammy in 2005, performing at the BCM nightclub in Mallorca
Background information
Birth nameSamuel Bouriah
Also known as
  • Frankie Wilde
  • Le Petit Sam
Born (1969-10-19) 19 October 1969 (age 52)
Mallorca, Spain
  • DJ
  • record producer
Years active1984–present

Samuel Bouriah (born 19 October 1969), better known by his stage name DJ Sammy, is a Spanish DJ and record producer. He has released five albums and has had five top-10 hits, including a cover of Bryan Adams' "Heaven", which reached number one in the UK in 2002.[1] His career started with ex-wife Marie-José van der Kolk in the making of his first singles, under the stage name of DJ Sammy featuring Carisma.


DJ Sammy started his music career in 1984 in pubs (Siros pub – DJ Sammy worked there one summer season along with a well known PR in the area, Jose Crespo) and dance clubs of Mallorca, playing gigs at clubs such as Alexandra's (rebuilt around 1998/99 and renamed to Boomerang's), Banana's and Zorba's. During this time he completed training as a sound technician at the Mallorca Music College. He was also a DJ at the Cadena Top radio station. In 1991, he met dancer Marie-José van der Kolk and they performed at Zorba's Club in Palma. In 1992, DJ Sammy became resident DJ at the Joy Palace Club in Arenal and Marie Jose was a resident dancer there.

In November 1995, DJ Sammy released his first single "Life Is Just a Game" with Marie-José who started singing. The track became a Top 10 hit in the Spanish record chart. Other singles, such as "You're My Angel" and "Prince of Love", have been popular in the German record chart. In June 1998, DJ Sammy released his debut album, Life Is Just a Game.

DJ Sammy founded his own music label, Super M Records, as well as the Gamba Music Company.[2] In 2002, Sammy released the album, Heaven with charting singles released such as "Sunlight" and cover versions of Bryan Adams, "Heaven" with Dutch vocalist Do and Don Henley's "The Boys of Summer".

In 2005, his next album was The Rise, with charting singles such as "Rise Again" which was featured on the 2004 movie soundtrack, It's All Gone Pete Tong, and a cover of Annie Lennox's "Why".

In 2007, Sammy collaborated with Enrique Iglesias, remixing his song "Tired of Being Sorry", the second track from his hit album, Insomniac. Following this success, in April 2007, Marta Sánchez released the song "Superstar", produced and co-written by Sammy. The song was her biggest hit since "Soy Yo". On David Bisbal's album Premonición, Sammy wrote and produced the track "Aquí Ahora". He also worked on Soraya Arnelas' album, Sin Miedo.[3]

He toured the world with the Balearic Masters tour, which commenced at the end of 2007. He took his protégé, writer and singer, Nyah, who featured on the tracks "Everybody Hurts", "Feel the Love", "Animal", and "Look for Love" co-produced by Nick Marsh.

In June 2013, Sammy released the single such as "Shut Up and Kiss Me" with a vocalist The Jackie Boyz, the music video is directed by Mark Feuerstake. On 18 June 2013, he uploaded the music video onto YouTube.

In July 2020, Sammy released the single such as "This Is Who We Are" with Australian vocalist Chloe Martin, and he uploaded the lyric video onto YouTube.

Personal life[edit]

He has one daughter, Chloe Marín (born 10 February 2005), from his previous marriage with van der Kolk.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
Life Is Just a Game 62
  • Release date: 6 August 2002
  • Label: Robbins
  • Formats: CD
64 30 10 24 14 67
The Rise
  • Release date: 10 May 2005
  • Label: Central Station
  • Formats: CD
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

DJ mixes[edit]

Title Details
DJ Sammy at Work
  • Release date: 1998
  • Label: Polystar
  • Format: CD


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)

1995 "Life Is Just a Game" (featuring Carisma) 62 Life Is Just a Game
1996 "You're My Angel" (featuring Carisma)
1997 "Prince of Love" (featuring Carisma) 24
"Golden Child" (featuring Carisma) 43
1998 "Magic Moment" (featuring Carisma) 67
1999 "In 2 Eternity" (featuring Carisma) 31 48 DJ Sammy at Work (In the Mix)
"Lovestern Galaktika" (with Lovestern Galaktika Project) 32 The Music of a Dance-Generation
2000 "Loca Galaktika" (with Lovestern Galaktika Project) 35
2001 "Heaven" (with Yanou featuring Do) 4 16 14 7 10 3 12 8 41 17 39 1 8 Heaven
2002 "Sunlight" (featuring Loona) 40 58 62 50 21 62 46 8
"The Boys of Summer" (featuring Loona & Mel) 9 49 20 25 15 31 3 36 2
2004 "Rise Again" (featuring Loona) 53 88 The Rise
2005 "Why" (featuring Britta Medeiros) 29 64 16 7
"L'bby Haba"
2007 "Everybody Hurts" (featuring Nyah) Singles Only
2009 "Feel the Love" (featuring Nyah)
2011 "Animal" (featuring Jean Baptiste & Nyah)
2012 "Look for Love"
2013 "Shut Up & Kiss Me" (featuring The Jackie Boyz) 54 65
2015 "I Wanna Luv Ya" (as Mafia Clowns (with Zeus & The Harleking) feat. Sean Kingston) 27
2020 "This Is Who We Are" (with Chloe Marin)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Album Director(s)
1996 "You're My Angel" Life Is Just a Game
1997 "Prince of Love"
"Golden Child" Oliver Sommer
1998 "Magic Moment"
1999 "In 2 Eternity" DJ Sammy at Work (In the Mix)
2002 "Heaven" Heaven Oliver Bradford
"Boys of Summer"
2004 "Rise Again" The Rise
2005 "Why" Urban Ström
2011 "Animal" Singles only
2012 "Look for Love"
2013 "Shut Up and Kiss Me" Mark Feuerstake


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