New York, NY
Sami Akbari, known musically as sami.the.great, is driven by her overwhelming desire to write and play music. She frequented open mic nights in college, often taking home cash prizes for her highly anticipated performances. She moved to New York City two weeks after receiving her degree in 2005, and quickly began landing gigs at local venues, including Pianos, Crash Mansion, and Rockwood Music Hall. Most significantly, over the past few years, Sami has become a staple of the famed Living Room in downtown Manhattan.
Her new EP, Nothing Left to See, features five original songs written by Sami and a cover of Sting's "Roxanne." The disc not only reveals the trajectory of Sami's songwriting career, but also her deft combination of emotion and wit, of melancholy and humor. Like her live show, the album reflects the notion that great things come in small packages and showcases a small-framed singer whose impassioned voice fills the spaces and lives around her.
Now Sami, who performs both on piano and guitar, hopes to expand her sphere of influence beyond New York City, where she has become a formidable force in the music scene. Her songs generate a kinship with their listener, building a connection between the themes of her songs and the lives of her audience.