A 22-year-old industry vet. Sounds oxymoronic, doesn’t it? But, when you are Prince Sammie – an R&B superstar on the verge of mainstream success and 10+ years of experience in the music biz under your belt– you’re wise enough to know you are only as big as your last hit.
Sammie Lee Bush, Jr. hit the scene in 1999-2000 with his debut album From the Bottom to the Top released on music mogul Dallas Austin’s (TLC, Pink, Monica) Freeworld Entertainment. That album introduced Sammie to the world with “I Like It” and “Crazy Things I Do For Love.” Most artists are advised to capitalize on their success with a sophomore album. But Sammie chose a road less traveled and took a hiatus from music to focus on education. After graduating high school in 2005, he re-signed with Dallas Austin (Rowdy Records) to release his sophomore album, Sammie. The then-18-year-old came with a more grown up sound with tracks like, “You Should Be My Girl” produced by Jazzy Pha and the Bryan-Michael Cox-produced, “Come With Me.”
Sammie didn’t keep his fans waiting between albums this time. He lent his vocals to Soulja Boy’s smash hit “Kiss Me Thru the Phone;” He also released his first mixtape in July 2009, entitled Swag & B: Volume 1 and an EP entitled, It’s Time on January 9, 2010. [CLICK HERE TO LISTEN] The EP includes a hot track featuring Trey Songz called “Put It On My Tab” that’s already getting major radio play.
Now, the young Pisces crooner is gearing up to release his aptly-titled album, Coming of Age through a new deal with Star Camp/Street Love/Interscope Records. With less than a month from celebrating his 23rd birthday (March 1st), BE Magazine caught up with Sammie and asked him to do a spread for Issue XVI. Style Editor, Maurice “M.Jai” Lawyer, chose to do a spread reflective of the working title of his new album, Coming of Age. To assist him in this effort, Maurice called on Wardrobe Consultant and Stylist, Molleshia Robinson. The pair teamed up to translate the vision and enhance Sammie’s overall image. The spread features Sammie in today’s hottest trend and wardrobe pieces for the young man who has found his grown-up look. (Years ago we called this “grown & sexy.”)