Equal parts cool girl and the girl next door, Monument Records recording artist Sam DeRosa is the best friend music lovers didn’t know they had. After appearing on NBC’s Songland, fans fell in love with her ability to write songs that capture the raw emotions of love and loss with heartbreakingly personal yet universally relatable lyrics.
Growing up in New York, Sam started writing her own songs at a young age, though didn’t often share her material. Sticking with popular cover songs, Sam would enter talent show after talent show, only to lose out to other contestants. Finally, when she was 15, she brought her keyboard onstage and sang an original song. The judges gave her a perfect score.
After graduating from Berklee College of Music, Sam was invited to one of her first co-writing sessions in New York. Making the drive from Boston to New York City, she co-wrote a song called “Broken.” Two years and a move to Los Angeles later, “Broken” became a smash hit for lovelytheband and the doors flew wide open for Sam.
Competing on Songland, Sam worked with judge and multi-Grammy award winning producer and songwriter, and Monument Records co-president, Shane McAnally. Singing her original song, “Pill for This,” Shane saw a bona fide pop artist and promptly signed her to a record deal with Monument Records.