Local artist releases first full album

Sam Weber debuted his first full-length album Shadows in the Road earlier this summer

Twenty-year-old singer-songwriter and guitarist Sam Weber

VICTORIA — Stelly’s Secondary grad Sam Weber, a 20-year-old singer-songwriter and guitarist, debuted his first full-length album Shadows in the Road earlier this summer.

The album is the culmination of years already spent intensely focused on gigging and recording.

In 2012, at age 19, Weber was one of the youngest people to ever be covered in a major Guitar Player magazine feature.

“Weber’s expansive blend of driving rock, dream pop and roots influences is a testament to fierce ambition,” said Guitar Player editor Anil Prasad.

“The singer-songwriter and guitarist is already an expert tunesmith, brimming with addictive, adventurous and confident pieces. Infused with deep wit and wisdom, Weber’s output is truly impressive. His guitar work is also killer, full of nuance, soul and a truly unique voice. This is an artist built for the long-term. We’ll be hearing a lot more from Weber in the coming years, and more than likely, decades.”

The prestigious Berklee College of Music also saw Weber’s incredible potential, awarding him a summer scholarship when he was 17. The school went on to award him a full-time scholarship, but Weber’s artistic instincts proved too restless and he returned home to Canada to pursue his songcraft.

In addition to his solo work, Weber plays with the celebrated Canadian indie rock act Jets Overhead. As part of the band, Weber has enthralled audiences, opening for the likes of Sam Roberts, The Tragically Hip, Said the Whale, Current Swell and Stars.

— Submitted