It is funny how life works sometimes. Sammi Constantine was enjoying her life as a full time dancer when she became sick. Hospitalised with anorexia, Sammi had to stay in bed for six weeks. It was during this time that she began writing. Her whole world changed. Dancing and everything that came with it was her universe. She started doing something different to help her express her emotions.
Sammi wrote and wrote and wrote. When the time came for her to be released from hospital, she got back on her feet, picked up a guitar and from there began hustling. She found a new passion and fell in love with it. The best medicine for her now was the guitar.
Along the way, Sammi found it amazing what music can do when you feel down and everything else doesn’t seem to be working. Especially when you can write and get everything out. This was so powerful in her eyes and her thoughts.
A new single is being released and with that comes excitement; her new song ‘Feel Your Body’ has Sammi living happy in the moment. The new single has taken two and a half years to get to this point. It was relevant to her during that particular time but, she held onto the song. Trying at here. Trying it there. Tour with it. Test it out. There have been several versions of this song before reaching the sound she now has.
Although Sammi hasn’t released anything for over a year, this has not been a year off for the singer-songwriter from Central Coast, New South Wales. She just needed to lock down and find the sound she was after. The time off was just the boost she needed to re-ignite herself. A lot of self discovery and time to mend whilst writing. Initially thinking she might take a three month hiatus, it turned into one year. However, that is fine with Sammi. It takes the time it is supposed to take and she doesn’t look back with any regrets.
Attending an alternative school, Sammi found herself the black sheep of her hometown. Her music may reflect this. Her songs are written from a dark and deep place. Her songs are for herself and hopefully that resonates with people more than lyrics that are empty and hollow because they are just words. Always trying to put as much of her heart into it as possible, if people relate to that, they will enjoy her music.
Early on in her music pathway, a gig at Groovin’ The Moo saw her on stage with her friends ‘Bad Decisions’. They are a DJ duo who allowed Sammi to join them for their set to share the experience. She pretty much stood in the corner of the stage the entire time. It was a learning opportunity where she could envisage herself where she wanted to go from that point in time. Now she is unable to keep still. Always on the move and confident with her stage presence.
Artists like Amy Shark are paving the way for new Australian musicians to spread their own sound as a solo artist and if Sammi’s dreams come to fruition, a set at Coachella Music Festival is just around the corner.
For now though, she is planning on winging it after the single, letting the wind to take her as she lets go a little bit. Let everything that is supposed to happen, happen. Watch out for Sammi Constantine.
Written by Sam Young