The 19-year-old from Fort Collins, Colorado, cooks pizza and washes dishes at two family restaurants.
“As much as I love to cook, I don’t want to do it for the rest of my life,” he tells The Voice.
What he’d like to do is follow in the footsteps of his dad and uncle, who were members of a reggae band Samuel watched perform when he was growing up.
And that means he listened to a lot of Bob Marley.
“That’s the kind of sound I want to go for,” he says. “I think this is the perfect show for me because I sound different than I look.”
So, wearing a baseball cap, Samuel takes The Voice stage and launches into “Redemption Song.”
Cee Lo turns around almost immediately. He’s eventually joined by Adam and Christina, who said Samuel’s performance “made me feel so good. It just relaxed me and gave me good energy.”
Adam has even higher praise, saying Samuel “made us feel something special by doing very little” and lands the teen for his team.
What the show didn’t show: A Poudre High School grad, Samuel also raps, according to his Voice bio. If music doesn’t work out, he’d like to be a ski instructor or outdoor guide. But he’s also business savvy, placing four reggae singles on iTunes just before his audition aired. You can hear one below. In a post-audition interview, Samuel told Christina Milian that he went into the audition thinking he wanted to be on Team Adam. The fact that Adam turned around so quickly “solidified” his decision. Oh, and the reggae band that included his dad and uncle was called Roots. You can hear more of Samuel here.
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Samuel singing “Floating in the Wind”