Farrar performing with Phantom Planet in 2008.
|Birth name||Sam John Farrar|
|Born||June 29, 1978|
Los Angeles, California, United States
Sam John Farrar (born June 29, 1978) is an American musician, singer and record producer. He is best known as a member of the pop rock band Maroon 5, in which he plays several instruments. A frequent collaborator with the band since the 1990s, he joined as a touring member in 2012 and was promoted to an official member in 2016. He has also been the bassist for the rock band Phantom Planet since their formation in 1994.
1994–2012: Phantom Planet and other side projects
Farrar is the bass guitar player for the American rock band Phantom Planet. He also joined the band Operation Aloha with members of Gomez and Maroon 5. He and his wife, Stephanie, have started their own music project, called Bubble and Strife.
2012–present: Maroon 5
In 2012, Farrar became a touring member of Maroon 5, playing various instruments, including guitars, bass guitar (occasionally), percussion and additional keyboards, singing backing vocals and providing samples and other special effects (using the MPC).
He formerly co-wrote and co-produced a few of the band's songs on almost all of their studio albums and also remixed one of their songs, which is called "Woman", on Call and Response: The Remix Album, released in 2008. On August 31, 2012 - during a show in Argentina on the Overexposed Tour - Farrar filled-in for Mickey Madden on the bass guitar for the very first time. He subsequently filled-in for Madden on the next few shows of the tour.
After touring with the band as a touring member for the next couple of years, Farrar appeared in an official, promotional photo of Maroon 5 for the first time, in late 2016. He is also featured on the cover of the band's sixth studio album, Red Pill Blues (2017) - all of this can be seen as confirmation, that Farrar became an official member of Maroon 5, making them a seven-piece band.
Farrar was born in Los Angeles, California, to Australian parents. His father, John Farrar, was a member of The Shadows and also carved a successful songwriting career, penning many of Olivia Newton-John's big hits as well as producing nearly every one of her albums during her most successful years. His mother, Pat Carroll, was a successful Australian pop singer in the 1960s. He attended The Buckley School.
Sam is married to Stephanie Eitel, formerly a member of the band Agent Sparks. Their daughter Vesper Pearl Farrar was born on August 6, 2009 and their son Flynn Roscoe Farrar was born on January 14, 2014.
He graduated Pitzer College.
- With Phantom Planet
- Phantom Planet Is Missing (1998)
- The Guest (2002)
- Phantom Planet (2004)
- Raise the Dead (2008)
- Devastator (2020)
- With Hanson
- Underneath (2004)
- With Operation Aloha
- Operation Aloha (2009)
- With Sara Bareilles
- With Bubble and Strife
- My Lifetime for Blondes (EP) (2011)
- With Jasmine Ash
- Beneath the Noise (2012)
- With Oh Land
- Wish Bone (2013)
- With Rozzi Crane
- Space (EP) (2015)
- Time (EP) (2015)
- With Andy Grammer
- Naive (2019)
- With Yuna
- Rogue (2019)
- With SuperM
- Super One (2020)
- As an outside collaborator
- Songs About Jane (2002) – programming of a song ("She Will Be Loved")
- It Won't Be Soon Before Long (2007) – production
- Call and Response: The Remix Album (2008) – remix of a song ("Woman")
- Hands All Over (2010) – songwriting ("Misery", "Stutter", "Don't Know Nothing", "Hands All Over" and "How")
- As a touring member
- Overexposed (2012) – production and songwriting ("Ladykiller", "Fortune Teller" and "Tickets"), backing vocals, programming
- Songs About Jane: 10th Anniversary Edition (2012)
- V (2014) – backing vocals ("Unkiss Me" and "This Summer" - the latter song is from the 2015 re-release of V), programming
- As an official member
- Red Pill Blues (2017) – producing, keyboards, bass guitar, synthesizer, samples, lead and rhythm guitar, programming, backing vocals
- "Woman" – Maroon 5 (Sam Farrar Remix)
- "Unspoken" – Weezer (Sam Farrar Remix)
- "Feelings" – Maroon 5 (Sam Farrar Remix)
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