Soulman Sam began his singing career in Memphis, competing in competitions and singing in the church choir. He grew up in the same neighborhood as Otis Redding, Issac Hayes, B.B. King, Albert King and Al Green. He eventually landed a job singing with the Bar-Kays. Sam was offered a recording contract with Memphis’ famed Stax Records, a deal which fell through when Sam moved to Alaska to help his brother, whose wife suffered serious health problems. He started singing Rhythm & Blues again in 1999, formed a band, and began opening for the likes of James Brown, Buckwheat Zydeco, and Gladys Knight.