Multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Sam Cohen was born in Houston, Texas and started his first widely recognized band, Apollo Sunshine, shortly after attending a Berklee College of Music summer performance program and meeting his future bandmates there.
Apollo Sunshine was active from 2001 until 2009, creating a psychedelic indie pop sound informed by both classic '60s artists and contemporary pop experimentalists like the Elephant 6 collective. Residing in Brooklyn when the band called it a day, Cohen began recording by himself under the moniker Yellowbirds, a project that quickly expanded from solo bedroom productions into a full-fledged band. Yellowbirds released several singles and two full-length albums before disbanding in 2014. During this time, Cohen has been very busy with other musical pursuits, working as a session player for artists ranging from Norah Jones to Cee Lo Green. Between 2012 and 2014, he also served as a player, vocalist, and musical director for the touring production of The Complete Last Waltz, a live show that had Cohen conducting contemporary musicians through readings of all 41 songs from the Band's 1976 concert film The Last Waltz, including tunes that were cut from the film. With his busy schedule, Cohen still found time to write and record new material, and in 2015, his first solo effort under his own name arrived with the rootsy tones of Cool It. ~ Fred Thomas, Rovi