Samo (singer)

Samuel Parra Cruz (born December 2, 1975), known professionally as Samo, is a Mexican pop singer and songwriter,[1] born and raised in Veracruz. Samo rose to fame in the late 2000s as a member of the band Camila.

Samo
Samo performing in 2013
Samo performing in 2013
Background information
Birth nameSamuel Parra Cruz
Born (1975-12-02) December 2, 1975 (age 45)
OriginVeracruz, Mexico
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1993–present
LabelsSony Latin
Associated actsCamila
Websitewww.samooficial.com

Life and careerEdit

1975–2005: Early life and career beginningsEdit

Samo was born in Veracruz. Since age five, Samo was part of the choir of the Christian Church directed by his father in Boca del Río.[2] In 1993, at 18 years old, he was part of a group called Salmo 40 which toured the United States and some Mexican cities. The group did not get the expected results and in 1995, Samo decided to try his luck in the talent competition "Junior Securities" in Mexico City, being among the first places in the final.

In 1998 he managed to be chosen to sing in the choir section Alejandra Guzman which participated in the tour of the discs titled I and Lipstick.

2005–2009: Camila, Todo Cambió and compositionsEdit

During the recording of En la Luna by Reyli Barba, Samo met Mario Domm. Domm invited him to join forces to create a new project.[3] They began rehearsing with a piano and decided to add a guitarist to the newly created band. Pablo Hurtado, the first one to audition, was selected.[3] The band was named Camila, meaning "close to god", as the "appropriate thanks to the granting of the group's collective dream."[4] The band released in 2006 their début album entitled Todo Cambió, which sold one million copies worldwide and reached number-one in Mexico and the United States.[3][5][6] The album yielded six singles, "Abrázame", "Coleccionista de Canciones", "Todo Cambió", "Sólo Para Ti", "Me Da Igual" and "Yo Quiero".[7] Camila received a Latin Grammy Award nomination for Song of the Year in 2008 for the single "Todo Cambió".[8]

In 2009, Samo composed the theme "Sin Querer", which was coauthored with Rafael López Arellano, and it was included in the album Soy from Puerto Rican singer Ednita Nazario.[9] In the same year, he composed, along with Alfredo León Canedo and Carolina Rosas, the theme "No Puedo" included on the album Lo que soy from Mexican singer Diego Schoening.[10]

2010-2012: Dejarte de Amar and collaborationsEdit

 
Samo work with artists such as Thalía, Reik and Alejandra Guzman.

In 2010, Camila released their second album Dejarte de Amar.[3] Dejarte de Amar debuted at the top of the charts in Mexico and the United States.[6][11] In Mexico the album spent eight weeks at number-one and 70 non-consecutive weeks within the top ten.[11] At the Latin Grammy Awards of 2010, the band earned three awards: Record of the Year and Song of the Year for the song "Mientes" and Best Pop Vocal Album by a Group.[12]

In 2010, Samo composed the songs "Quiero volar" and "Nunca entendí", included in the debut album Almas Transparentes of former RBD member Christian Chávez.[13] That same year he coauthored with Rafael Ruiz Esparza the theme "Arrepentida", first single from the album Inusual from Mexican singer Yuri and the theme "Con Las Manos Atadas", which was chosen as the theme song of the series Mujeres Asesinas of the Mexican producer Pedro Torres.[14][15] In September 2010, he composed the theme "Llegaste a Mí" from the album Tráfico de Sentimientos of the singer Camilo Echeverri.[16] In October 2010, he composed with Olga Tañon the songs "Ni una Lágrima Más", "Sola" and "Caso Perdido", included in the album Ni una Lágrima Más from the Puerto Rican singer, published in 2011.[17] That same year he recorded a duet on the theme "Ni una Lágrima Más" with Olga.[18] In late 2010, he composed with Manuel Moreno and Germán Montero the theme "Tú mi Mundo Yo un Recuerdo" included on the third disc of the singer.[19] In November 2010, he was presented at the "Amigos por Veracruz", playing a theme with singer Yuri.[20]

In 2011 he composed the theme "Libertad" performed by Anahí and Christian Chávez, and the theme "Purple Rain" included in the live album Esencial from the Mexican singer.[21] In March 2012, he interpreted the theme "Tan Sólo Piedo", composed by him and used in the Mexican telenovela Amor Bravío. On March 30, 2012, it launches Enamorada de Ti with the theme "Amor Prohibido" performed by Samo and Selena.[22] The theme ranked 8th in the Latin Pop Songs and 23rd on the Hot Latin Songs chart on Billboard.[23] Samo interpreted the theme as a tribute to the singer, for the first time live at the 2012 Latin Billboard Music Awards.[24]

In 2012 he interpreted the theme "Sólo por amor", theme song of the American soap opera Relaciones Peligrosas. On November 9, 2012, Mexican singer Thalía launched the album "Habítame Siempre" including the theme "Con los años que me quedan" which features Samo with Leonel García and Jesús Navarro of Reik.[25][26]

2013: InevitableEdit

On April 2, 2013 launched "Reik, En Vivo Desde El Auditorio Nacional" with the theme "¿De qué me sirve la vida?" performed by the group Reik and Samo.[27]

On May 23, 2013, Samo confirmed his departure from the band Camila and launching his solo career.[28] On May 28, 2013 launched the first single "Sin Ti" composed by him.[29] The theme placed #30 Latin Pop Songs, and at #48 in the Latin Songs in Billboard.[30][31]

On July 16, 2013 Samo launched his debut album Inevitable.[32] The album debuted at #3 on the chart of AMPROFON in Mexico.[33] In the U.S., the album was ranked 9th on the Latin Pop Albums chart of Billboard.[34] In August 2013 launched the album "En El Camino" of the Mexican band Pandora which includes the song, "¿De Qué Me Sirve La Vida?" composed by Samo and features a duet with him.[35]

DiscographyEdit

As a solo artistEdit

Year Album details Singles
2013 Inevitable
  1. "Sin Ti"
  2. "Inevitable"
  3. "Doy Un Paso Atrás"

CollaborationsEdit

With CamilaEdit

ToursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Samo Biografía". Samo Hats (in Spanish). Retrieved 16 September 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Samo (Ex Camila) Lanza Hoy "Inevitable", Su Primer Álbum En Solitario, Con "Sin Ti" Como Primer Single". Sony Music (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b c d "Va por otro milloncito". La Tarde (in Spanish). Editora Argos. July 1, 2010. Archived from the original on July 2, 2010. Retrieved December 27, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Gutierrez, Evan. "Camila – Biography". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 27, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Los Mas Vendidos 2007" (PDF). Asociacion Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Retrieved December 27, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ a b "Camila – Charts & Awards – Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 27, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Camila – Charts & Awards – Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 27, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Nominados al Latin Grammy 2007" (in Spanish). Terra Networks México. Retrieved December 27, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Samo de Camila Graba con Ednita Nazario y Gloria Trevi". Sonico música (in Spanish). 5 January 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Diego Schoening estrena su nuevo disco 'Lo que Soy'". Terra (in Spanish). 21 June 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ a b "Camila – Dejarte de Amar (album)". Hung Medien. Archived from the original on December 17, 2010. Retrieved December 27, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ Silva, Cristina (November 12, 2010). "Vegas spectacle, cross-genre duos at Latin Grammys". Yahoo! Inc. Retrieved December 27, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Christian Chávez se prepara para lanzar disco como solista". Terra (in Spanish). Retrieved 16 September 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "Capturamos a Yuri grabando video". Terra (in Spanish). Retrieved 16 September 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ "Promete Yuri impactar en gala de "Mujeres Asesinas 3". Con Maxine Woodside". Radio Formula (in Spanish). 10 August 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ "Camilo Echeverry lanza 'Tráfico de sentimientos'". Extroversia (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^ "Olga Tañón incluye temas de mexicano Samo y boricua Wise en nuevo disco". CUBADEBATE (in Spanish). Retrieved 16 September 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  18. ^ "Arremete Olga Tañón contra disquera de Samo". Univisión (in Spanish). 10 January 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  19. ^ "GERMAN MONTERO DEBUTA COMO COMPOSITOR AL LADO DE CAMILA Y REIK". La Chicuela (in Spanish). Retrieved 16 September 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  20. ^ "Yuri hará dueto con María José, Samo de Camila y Guadalupe Pineda". TV Notas (in Spanish). 5 November 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  21. ^ "Anahí y Christian Chávez cantan a dúo en el tema "Libertad"". Globovisión (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 12 October 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  22. ^ "Escucha el "Amor prohibido" de Selena y Samo, de Camila". People en Español (in Spanish). 8 February 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  23. ^ "Selena Charts". Billboard. Retrieved 16 September 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  24. ^ Leila Cobo. "Billboard Latin Music Awards: Don Omar, Prince Royce Win Big". Billboard. Retrieved 16 September 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  25. ^ "Thalía rinde tributo a Gloria Estefan en el tema 'Con los años que me quedan'" (in Spanish). 10 April 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  26. ^ "THALÍA LANZA EDICIÓN ESPECIAL DE "HABÍTAME SIEMPRE"". Fórmula Romántica (in Spanish). 31 May 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  27. ^ "Samo invitado de "Reik" para el Auditorio". Radio Fórmula (in Spanish). Retrieved 16 September 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  28. ^ "Samo deja atrás siete años con el grupo Camila". El Universal (in Spanish). 23 May 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  29. ^ "Samo lanza primer sencillo como solista titulado Sin ti". Informador (in Spanish). 28 May 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  30. ^ Gary Trust. "Chart Highlights: Jonas Brothers, One Direction Debut On Pop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 16 September 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  31. ^ Trust, Gary. "Chart Highlights: Enrique Iglesias' 'Loco' Launches At No. 1 On Latin Airplay". Billboard. Retrieved 16 September 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  32. ^ "Samo muestra su lado más personal en su primer disco". Informador (in Spanish). 21 June 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  33. ^ "AMPROFON TOP 20" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 5 September 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  34. ^ "Inevitable - Samo Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 September 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  35. ^ "PANDORA REGRESA CON "EN EL CAMINO"" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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