SAMA is the artist project of multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Osama Malik. Sama brings a fresh blend of pop-inspired melodies, rich harmonies, percussive rhythms and an emphasis on his thought-provoking lyrics to the forefront of his music. He can be found co-writing songs in Los Angeles, New York, and Nashville or performing on stages of every size with an array of talented musicians near his hometown in Virginia.
Malik began his musical journey when he fell in love with his first Vinyl record (Michael Jackson's Thriller). He first picked up strings on guitar while attending college at James Madison University as the frontman of the Evergreen Terrace Band and Slightly Something where he performed regularly in the Northern Virginia area and local college scene. He has shared the stage with national touring acts including Sister Hazel, Pat McGee Band, Spin Doctors, Dave Barnes, Fighting Gravity and Virginia Coalition.
Over the years, he has been supported by a cadre of friends and talented musicians who he has assembled into his band for records and live performances. Malik himself often switches instruments guitar, ukulele, mandolin, piano, sax, and drums - sometimes during the same song. This approach has allowed Malik to bring an infinite combination of styles and configurations to suit his mood or the venue from solo guitar performances, to mandolin/sax duos, to hand percussion for smaller venues, or full rock configurations for clubs and big stages.