"his voice is just sublime.. Phenomenal"
‘rarely less than mesmerising…’ - ‘8/10’ Hotpress Magazine
“An amazing voice..”
Janice Long, BBC Radio 2
‘Falling’ is one of the most sincere songs we’ve heard in a long time.... mere seconds in you’ll understand what all the fuss is about."
“Breathtaking debut album”
"Strange.24 sees Wickens progress once more as the songwriting juggernaut he has already proven himself to be"
“powerful genre defying sound… firmly positions the Bangor artist on the cusp of stardom”
Lucy O’Toole - Hotpress Magazine
"a thing of rare beauty… one of the most stunning voices you’ll hear”
The Daily Mirror
“blown away by his voice, his songs, such maturity to his writing…”
Gemma Bradley - BBC Radio ONE
Sam is a mesmerising performer, gifted with the talent to arouse the soul with haunting melodies laced with poignant lyrics sung with his trademark transparency of spirit.
Compared to Jeff Buckley, John Martyn, Death Cab For Cutie, Tom Waits, Sam is a soulful writer and performer with a restless creativity, conveying a personal blend of Electronic, Soul, Blues, Gospel, Folk and Indie. This young and gifted artist humbly plies his craft with a focused sincerity, and has created a style his own: consistently delivering on his reputation as a bewitching live performer.
In 2017 Sam worked with legendary American record producer Tony Visconti (producer of scores of albums by major artists including: David Bowie, T.Rex, Paul McCartney, Damon Albarn, Moody Blues, Marc Almond, Kaiser Chiefs, etc) as a featured artist on a Sky Arts documentary about Tony’s amazing life and career ‘Tony Visconti’s Unsigned Heroes’. This led to Sam working closely with music icons including Stuart Copeland, Nitin Sawhney, and Imelda May, and performing live at Union Chapel, London supported by legendary saxophonist Howie Casey (Paul McCartney) and top afro-urban band the Compozers.
During 2018/19 Sam worked hard on his debut album. In June 2019 Sams 'All I've Seen' debut album was released to a packed Black Box Music Venue in the heart of Belfast and two days later to a sold out show with Aiken Promotions at Whelans. The album was later nominated by the NI Music Prize for 'Best Album of the Year' 2019.
Between 2019 - 2020 Sam recorded and produced the incredible 'Watson' EP. From which two critically acclaimed singles where released, namely 'Strange.24' (24 / 11 / 20) and 'Murky Waters' (5 / 2 / 21). Also during this period Sam worked with acclaimed videographer Danny Mills of dandan Productions on two outstanding accompanying music videos.
Sam is currently in the studio working on new material.