Sami set for album launch

On February 8, Sami Cooke is going back to where it all began and she’s personally inviting as many people from her hometown as possible to join her.

The rising local country singer will be launching her first album, Every Passing Minute, on the eve of her 18th birthday in Canberra – the same city where she started singing at just 13.

Sami is sending out a free invitation to the residents of Young, saying all they have to do is email her and they’re on the list.

It’s a night that won’t disappoint either, headlining red carpet sessions, esteemed guest artists and even photographers from as far as Queensland.

“We’re making it really important. There’s a lot of people who follow Sami on Facebook who are coming, who haven’t even met her,” mum Janelle Cooke said.

“We’ve been to plenty of red carpet events so we know what to do to make it look exciting.”

The night will begin at 6.30pm at the Harmony German Club with introductions and photos with Sami on the red carpet.

Award winning country singer/songwriter Johanna Hemara, baritone from Young Mark Brooker, and 60s and rhythm and blues groups will make an appearance prior to Sami taking to the stage supported by a band to perform her new album featuring her original songs.

Come midnight Sami will be celebrating another milestone.

“It’s not just country music,” Janelle said.

The event will kick off Sami’s album tour that begins on February 21 in Gundagai and will continue for nine weeks, touring areas in Victoria.

Sami will then head to Queensland for four months, travelling as far north as Cairns, between May and August.

She will tour northern NSW for seven weeks, beginning in October.

She’s also thinking about a local show later in the year.

Janelle said “heaps of locals” have already put their names down to come to her album launch, including one little girl from the Cherry Capital.

“She rang us to get an invite for herself and her best friend, she was so excited to talk to Sami,” Janelle laughed.

“Then she sent us an email back asking if her parents could have an invite too.”

For those interested in joining Sami on her special night, simply email her at samittar@bigpond.com for a free invite.

The launch is from 6.30pm to 12.30am on February 8 at the Harmony German Club, Canberra.

Door entry is $10 if you do not have an invite.

RED CARPET: Sami Cooke launches her first album on February 8.

RED CARPET: Sami Cooke launches her first album on February 8.