Sammi Garett is often recognized as the pink-donned prominent member of the Brooklyn, NY-based Power-Funk band Turkuaz (2012-2021). The group headlined all over the United States, Japan and Australia, playing festivals like Bonnaroo, Bottlerock, Lockn’, Jam Cruise and Jazz Aspen Snowmass and stages such as Red Rocks, Terminal 5, The Fillmore and The Capitol Theatre. From 2019 to 2021, Sammi had the honor of touring with Turkuaz as they shared the stage with Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Jerry Harrison from Talking Heads and Adrian Belew (King Crimson, David Bowie) to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Talking Heads’ release, Remain in Light.
As a 2009 graduate of Berklee College of Music, Sammi majored in vocal performance, graduating Cum Laude. She returned to her hometown of New York City, where she studied improv and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC. Improv comedy allowed Sammi to put her acting and music skills to use while also pursuing her music career. It was around this time that she got the call that Turkauz was looking for a singer. Sammi joined the nine-piece group in 2012 where she honed her songwriting skills, eventually leading to features on 7 Turkuaz albums and numerous music videos. Her performances garnered the attention of other music artists. She did a tour with Denny Laine from the band Wings and guest performed with multiple artists on the jamband scene.
Simultaneously, Sammi began touring with Freekbass & The Bump Assembly. Between the busses, vans and jet-setting between bands and cities, she took on the lead vocal role and the group released 2 albums on Color Red Records, Eddie Robert's label (New Master Sounds). Freekbass, Sky White (Foxy Shazam) and Greg Sanderson (her Turkuaz bandmate and co-producer) found themselves in a synchronous creative relationship, each complimenting the other's strengths. Sammi had long been writing tunes that would one day be the spark for a solo project, and it was just a matter of finding the right time and scenario to share it with the world. That time just happened to be the end of 2021, and she recorded the tracks that would define her personal sound and the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. She brought in her bandmates for the instrumental recording, and enlisted Freekbass as co-producer. Her forthcoming EP, Sweet Tooth, will be released summer 2022 on all streaming platforms, with the first single to drop on Valentine's Day, 2022.
Sammi continues to tour and perform while completing her project, with plans to feature Sammi's solo material as part of the Freekbass & The Bump Assembly live performances. Updates and tour dates available at sammigarett.com.