Sam Harris’ diversified career has run the gamut from singer and songwriter to actor on Broadway, film and television to writer, director, producer and author.
His now legendary appearances on the premiere season of STAR SEARCH gave him a national platform after pulling a weekly audience of more than 25 million viewers a week. Sam and his powerhouse pop, gospel and theater influenced vocals have never looked back.
Rolling Stone Magazine listed him as “One of the top 100 singers of all time.”
Sam is a multi-platinum recording artist with nine studio albums to his credit. His Motown albums are "Sam Harris" and the follow-up "Sam-I-Am." The records, "Standard Time," and "Different Stages" (produced and conducted by the legendary Peter Matz), have been listed on numerous "Top 100 Records of All Time" lists. Other albums include "Revival", "On This Night", "Always", "Sam Harris Live! - The Best of Christmas," and “Free,” which included the song, "Change Is On The Way," which was written for and utilized by the Barack Obama Campaign. He also co-wrote the song “My Reclamation,” which was penned in response to Proposition 8, and demanded equal LGBT marriage rights. After so many recordings, we posted an online poll where fans chose their favorite songs, and the song titles with the most votes created the collection "Suitcase of Memories". As well as an EP of new acoustic covers of songs selected from his first two Motown albums called "The Motown Lowdown". He can also be heard on numerous concert, guest artist, and cast recordings.
Sam has toured extensively in concert and has played to sold-out audiences at major venues including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles’ Universal Amphitheatre, London’s West End. He has performed with numerous symphonies including The Boston Pops and participated in Cyndi Lauper’s TRUE COLORS tour. Sam has appeared at The White House, on numerous television specials and live productions, and has been a guest artist on virtually every talk show from Leno to Fallon; his favorite in an historic time, when he performed a stirring “You’ll Never Walk Alone” on THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW in the week following September 11th.
On Broadway, Sam received a Tony, Outer Critic’s Circle and Drama Desk nominations for his work in Cy Coleman’s THE LIFE as well as a Drama League Award and Drama Desk nomination for his role in Tommy Tune’s GREASE and appeared on Broadway in Mel Brooks’, THE PRODUCERS. Sam has also starred in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, CABARET, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, HAIR, PIPPIN, THE JAZZ SINGER, THE FIRST WIVES CLUB and the smash hit, one man shows “HARD COPY,” “DIFFERENT HATS” AND “SAM.”
As “Perry Pearl” on the CBS sitcom, THE CLASS, Sam’s chameleonic career took a new turn as a series regular, prompting popular columnist, Liz, Smith, to call him “the comedy break breakout character of the television season.” He has guest-starred on numerous television series and was given his own segment on EXTRA called “Six Degrees of Sam.” Sam has also starred in several films… none of which you would know…. as well as several documentaries, which you might.
Behind the scenes, Sam co-wrote the TBS sit-com, DOWN TO EARTH, which ran for 4 years, and the Los Angeles produced musical "Hurry! Hurry! Hollywood!" (both with Bruce H. Newberg.) He also co-produced the television special LOVE LETTER TO NEW YORK, supervised and directed segments of MICHAEL JACKSON’S 30TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY at Madison Square Garden, wrote music for the award-winning film, LITTLE MAN, and co-wrote LIZA’S AT THE PALACE, which won the 2009 Tony Award. He also created and directed the concert event, NEW YORK’S FINEST – BROADWAY’S LEADING MEN, to critical acclaim, and is the co-producer of THE STAY PROUD PROJECT television series.
His memoir, “HAM: Slices of a Life” (Simon & Schuster) received raves across the critical board and evolved into the musical play, “HAM: A Musical Memoir” which played to resounding success in New York and Los Angeles, winning multiple awards, and was then filmed for television.
Sam is currently writing and starring the upcoming television series, “The Astounding Fall and Rise of Lydia Feldman.”
His newest book, this time literary fiction, entitled “The Substance of All Things” will be released on July 1, 2020.
Sam is married to businessman, Danny Jacobsen, and they are the proud fathers of Cooper Atticus Harris-Jacobsen.