Sam & Andy are a fresh, young powerhouse couple bursting with personality and spark. Consistently delivering mesmerising, unforgettable performances, they will charm you, entertain you, captive you, inspire you, and simply make you fall in love with them.
Sydney born and raised, Sam Hetherington & Andy Walton grew up just a short car ride from each other but didn’t meet until years later when studying at the Australian Institute of Music. Both were brought up in families where music was a staple, and each flourished as they were taken under the wing of some of the best music educators in the country.
Both appreciated music that was good – no matter what genre. The kindred way they each committed to a musical performance with honesty and passion was synonymous. The way they sang together was truly captivating. And then, after asking her (with a wink and a smile) to “join his band,” the way Andy made Sam laugh ended up leading to something much more than just a musical understanding.
When Sam & Andy completed their music degrees they hopped on a plane to make a new life together in London. The first year they fell in love with Camden Town, cider, British humour, and the concept that Paris now existed merely a train ride away. The second year they experienced love and loss, fulfilled their dream of becoming full-time musicians, and discovered the wonder and enchantment of Europe. The third year they got married – and they haven’t looked back since.
Andy Walton’s engaging stage presence is something all should witness. Charismatic and witty, with an astonishing vocal range and guitar chops to match, his soaring falsetto makes the ladies swoon – much to Sam’s amusement!
With years of session and television experience, including fronting the house band on long-running TV show ‘The Footy Show’ in Sydney, Australia, Andy has also appeared in numerous ads and voiceovers for TV and radio. His debut solo album A Slight Embrace was recorded independently in 2008 at Free Energy Device, Sydney, alongside renowned producer Richard Belkner.
Sam Hetherington’s depth of musical knowledge is embodied in her warm, expressive vocal tone and her strength as a performer and pianist. With a passion for all genres of music, her skill and versatility are thrilling. She interprets every song with her own unique flavour, using stirring vocal nuances to capture the true essence of the music and lyrics as she sings.
After completing her Bachelor of Music in 2008, Sam moved from Sydney to London (after some convincing from Andy!) and launched her music career. While there, she was mentored by one of the UK’s most highly regarded vocal coaches, Joshua Alamu (Little Mix, Fleur East, Joss Stone, Beverly Knight, The Voice UK, Pop Idol) and performed at numerous venues across the UK and Europe.
COMBINED SERVICES ENTERTAINMENT (CSE)
Sam & Andy were approached by Combined Services Entertainment (CSE) in 2010 and invited to entertain military personnel in Cyprus, Oman, Dubai, Jordan, Belize, Germany and Afghanistan. They soon became a favourite and travelled the globe boosting morale, providing outstanding, memorable shows – from performing in FOBs on the frontline in Afghanistan, to entertaining thousands alongside first-class international comedians in full production shows in Camp Bastion, Kandahar and Kabul. Sam became a ‘forces sweetheart’ as audiences fell in love with her captivating stage presence and vocal ability, while Andy quickly developed a rapport with the soldiers, who would invariably be on their feet, arms around each other, singing their hearts out.
In 2014, Sam & Andy were both presented with Operational Service Medals by Her Majesty’s Armed Forces for their time spent entertaining the troops in Afghanistan.
Drawing inspiration from the sounds of Jeff Buckley and The Civil Wars, Sam & Andy’s original compositions feature intriguing melodies, tight, distinct vocal harmonies, and honest, expressive lyrics. To create music that has quality and heart is their aim; to capture the essence of each moment as they sing.
Sam & Andy are currently working on a collection of original compositions with the plan to release their debut EP in 2017.