Not many people can go on a self-imposed sabbatical and come back stronger than ever. Sammie was one of the leading young R & B artists of the time when he decided to take a break. With a hit debut album, “From the Bottom to the Top,” under his belt, he’s now ready to re-enter the music world with his self-titled CD “Sammie.”
Shelia Goss: Are you excited about your new album?
Shelia: Who all did you work with?
Sammie: Dallas Austin… Jazze Pha … Brian M. Cox … Adonis … Daron Jones
Shelia: How old are you now?
Shelia: Why did you decide to take a couple of years off?
Sammie: My family and I thought it was best. I went to high school. I took a break to see how it was to be normal—to experience homecoming and the prom.
Shelia: How do your friends act now that you’re back in the spotlight?
Sammie: They treat me like a regular person. They got to know the real me—not the guy on TV or in videos. They are happy for me and very supportive.
Shelia: Now that you’re older, are the songs on your new album more mature or is it still geared more for a younger audience?
Sammie: It’s a lot more mature. I think the younger audience can still relate to it as well. I’m talking about real things that happen from anywhere from 12 years of age to your early years in college. It was a lot of fun to do. I got to co-write. It was a blessing and refreshing to see my thoughts go on paper and later record them.
Shelia: How do you feel when people say you’re a teen heartthrob?
Sammie: I think that’s a good thing. It’s a blessing.
Shelia: What’s next for Sammie?
Sammie: I got my first acting role. It’s a minor acting roll in this movie called Stepping. Chris Brown is in it as well.
Shelia: Is there anything you would like to say to your fans?
Sammie: Yes. I appreciate the love and support you’ve given me. My fans keep me going and I appreciate that.
SAMMIE is a CD that will appeal to the young and old. To find out what else is going on with Sammie, visit http://www.myspace.com/sammierowdyrecords.
Shelia Goss is an entertainment writer and the national bestselling author of "My Invisible Husband."