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Sam Pounds grew up in a small rural town in North Carolina known as Bahama. Pounds quickly became acquainted with quartet gospel music through his Grandma Ruth. She would have Sam sing and play instruments every Sunday night for her guests starting at the age of three.

Signing to Sumerian Records in Fall 2022, he describes his sound as rock & soul, claiming that the “soul” is inevitable because of his Carolina roots. His influences include James Brown, Little Richard, Lenny Kravitz, and Prince.

The artist is well aware that he is different from the bands that Sumerian has normally signed, but he also believes that’s what makes it work.“ I may not be like someone they have signed before, but that’s the best thing about it... There's only one person like me on the label."

He has also produced the likes of Jamie Foxx, and there’s more to come from Pounds in 2024 in terms of releases and shows.

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