Up-and-coming recording artist Sam Cruz recently released her debut single “Train Of Thought” under Universal Records. Her upcoming pop single narrates how having feelings for someone can make you lose yourself. She described her debut song as “…basically about love and how this girl talks about how a guy makes her feel something special”. The official music video co-starring Leon Barretto has also been released.
Known to be a member of a celebrity clan, Sam Cruz aspires to pave her own career path and continues to explore songs that would highlight her vocal strengths. Leaning towards R&B and pop music, Sam shared that her musical inspiration comes from Ariana Grande and Julie Anne San Jose among many others. With her undoubted talent, potential and charisma, Sam Cruz is definitely one of the promising artists to watch out for this year.
One Music PH recently had a one-on-one interview with her recently…
One Music PH: Hi! (Takes note of Nirvana shirt) Nice shirt! You a Nirvana fan?
Sam Cruz: Yes! And I also have a poster there (points at Nirvana poster behind her)!
One Music PH: You have a particular favorite song or album from them?
Sam Cruz: For me, my favorite songs are “Heart-Shaped Box” and “Lithium”. I used to listen to them when I was little because my Dad used to play their songs in the guitar.
One Music PH: How much of the creative process behind “Train of Thought” was you? I mean, you’re the one singing it clearly, but you have a team of good songwriters and producers behind you…
Sam Cruz: I am very hands-on kasi I’ve been singing ever since I was younger and now that I have the opportunity to make my own music. I’ve already written some songs on my own that I would be sharing really soon. For my debut single, I’m very lucky for it to be written for me and now I feel it is up to me as an artist to really make it my own even though somebody wrote it, I can add my own adlibs and I can spice it up further to make it my own song.
One Music PH: So could you please tell us the message of “Train of Thought” and why it was chosen as your first single?
Sam Cruz: First time I heard this song, I fell in love with it kaagad kasi anganda ng tunog and it’s something I would listen to myself and super chill vibes lang siya, perfect for any weather, kahit sa road trip lang siya or sa rainy days and I like the meaning to the song as well. Sobrang nakaka-relate, lalo na to people my age, dahil maraming tao na may mga crush and nakikilig and uses their train of thought when they see the person they like.
One Music PH: Your sister Angelina has had a number of singles under her belt and started her recording career well before you did. Did she give you any pointers?
Sam Cruz: Yes. Actually my family has been a big help to me as a singer. Ever since we were young, kami-kami (magkakapatid) ang magkakasama nagka-karaoke, jamming sa ukulele or guitar. I feel that we’re really a team helping each other finding our own sound and what we would love to put out there talaga. Kasi sobrang mahilig kaming lahat kumanta. My sister Angelina, she’s been there with me to help me along the way. We’re also under the same label, she already knows the gist.
One Music PH: Your sisters and your mom are particularly active on social media. One thing I’ve admired with the four of you (Angelina, mom Sunshine, and sister Chesca) is that you’ve been brave and forthcoming about calling out foul comments from trolls and bashers…