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Sam Tsui: My Tribute

Updated on July 31, 2012

Cover Artist Sam Tsui


Sam Tsui: Inspiration

For those of you who have not read my latest music hub on Music Covers, I would like to briefly address my inspiration for giving tribute to Cover Artists. I enjoy listening to these artists, because they provide a different voice and style to music that I listen to all the time. Sometimes, change is beneficial when it comes to music. I feel that Cover Artists provide me with a change of musical scenery, if you will.

A few nights ago, I decided I would begin a dedication series to some of my favorite Cover Artists! The first one in the lineup is Sam Tsui. This tribute will be a special one for me because Sam Tsui is the first Cover Artist I began listening to. He paved the path that led me to my obsession with Music Covers. I blame my addiction on him. But, this addiction is a good thing because I enjoy listening to different voices every now and then. Don't get me wrong here! I love and admire popular artists like Bruno Mars, Adele, and Katy Perry. But, I also admire artists that have the courage to take one of these popular songs and make it their own.

With that being said, here is the first tribute to Cover Artists! Sam Tsui is his name and making girls swoon is his game! I have to warn all of you women out there before you venture on with this article. Many girls have been known to drool over him. And no, I do not mean literally. Why would you think that? That is just gross! Sit back and enjoy this tribute to my favorite Cover Artist, Sam Tsui!


Sam Tsui: Who Is He?

On May 2, 1989 Tsui graced the world with his presence. Sam Tsui was born at a very young age and welcomed into the world with the help of his mother. He was born in Blue Bell, PA, and was neighbors with Kurt Scheinder while growing up. I will be sharing more about Kurt later on. He was very active in the musical program at Wissahickon High School. He was in several musicals, one of them being Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor DreamCoat.

Upon graduation from high school, Sam Tsui attended Yale University. No shock to anyone, he Immediately joined the all male a capella group The Duke's Men of Yale. Sam Tsui graduated from Yale Magna Cum Laude(with "great honor" for those of you unskilled in Latin like me), majoring in Classical Greek. As you can probably all ready notice, Sam Tsui is a very smart young man who is diligent and works hard at his love for music.


Sam Tsui: Beginning Of Career

Sam Tsui and his neighborhood friend Kurt Schneider began singing together back in high school. This consisted of an electronic keyboard, basic recording equipment and GarageBand, a music sequencing tool made by Apple. Every artist has to start somewhere. Sam Tsui did not become famous overnight. He had humble beginnings, but it was his courage, hard work anddiligence that has brought him to where he is today.

Sam Tsui: Sample Cover

Before we delve any further into the awesomeness that is Sam Tsui, I would like to share with you one of my favorite videos. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this video below of Sam Tsui singing "If I Die Young", by Band Perry. This YouTube video currently has 11,696,842 views.

Sam Tsui's Cover Of "If I Die Young"


Sam Tsui: Producer And Recorder

Giving Sam Tsui the credit alone for what he has achieved, would be like saying Lebron James won the 2012 NBA championship by himself. Lebron is undeniably talented, but he also needed the help of his four accompanying starters on the squad. Comparably so, Sam Tsui would not be where he is today if it would not been for the help of Kurt Schneider.

Kurt Schneider is Sam Tsui's recorder and producer. Schneider's ability to brilliantly design music videos is beyond me! The videos he produces are impeccable! Scheider also attended Yale, and this is where their friendship blossomed. They have arranged several covers and have created a College Musical Series, a spoof of High School Musical.

If you want to see their music all in one place for easier viewing, just visit the YouTube channel "KurtHugoSchneider".

Sam Tsui Covers

Sam Tsui: Interesting Facts

1. Majored in Greek, the complete opposite side of the spectrum than music.

2. His top viewed video on YouTube is his cover of "Just A Dream" which he sang with Christina Gimmie. This video has currently 51,401,661 views!

3. The KurtHugoSchneider channel currently has gathered over 470 million total views and 1, 427, 271 followers!

4. Tsui and Kurt sing mashups and medleys as well.

5. Time magazine has described Tsui's music as a combination of Glee and Attack of the Clones.

6. On February 3, 2011, Sam Tsui was featured on Britney Spear's website with his cover "Hold It Against Me".

7. Sam Tsui's original song "Start Again" was included in Andy Franham-Allen's book "Seeker" in March of 2001.

8. Actor Tom Hanks gave a speech for Sam Tsui's graduation class where he mentioned Sam Tsui three times!

9. In 2009, he was interviewed and performed on the Bonnie Hunt Show. He sang "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" by Whitney Houston.

10. In 2010, Tsui and Schneider were interviewed on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Sam sang his medley of Micahel Jackson songs.

11. He appeared on ABC News singing "I'll Be There" by Maroon 5.

12. Sam Tsui and Kurt Schneider were interviewed on the Ellen Degneres show and sang a mashup of "Firework" by Katy Perry and "Grenade" by Bruno Mars.

13. During the Sing Off Season 3, Sam Tsui worked as a behind the scenes host which inspired him to write a song dedicated to the three judges, Sarah Bareilles, Ben Fold, and Shawn Stockman.

14. His Twitter currently has 96,127 followers!

15. His Facebook page has 727, 000 followers!

16. His newest cover is "Wide Awake" by Katy Perry. It is two weeks old with 225,365 views all ready!

For All You Michael Jackson Fans!


Sam Tsui: Interview On Star Scoop

If you want to learn more about Sam and Kurt you can visit the Star Scoop Interview site, where they answer personal questions, share how they got started and how they got to where they are today.

What caught my attention as I was reading this interview was the question that was asked of Sam Tsui: What do you want to say to your fans?

His reply:

"First and foremost, just a huge thanks. Honestly, this really started for us as something that was fun to do. We both love making music, love making videos like this. The fact that people started showing interest…and give us a real reason to be able to put a lot of time and love and energy into it has been absolutely amazing.

Just the incredibly, incredibly positive response we’ve gotten from people and the continued interest is not only really touching for us and means a lot to us, but the fact that it allows us to keep doing this stuff that we love and be able to take it seriously is a gift. That’s 100 percent the fans and the people who continue to watch and subscribe to us. I know I’m certainly so thankful for that."

Sam Tsui: Covers And Original Songs

"Don't Want Anything"
Original Song
"If I Die Young"
Katy Perry
"King Of Anything"
Sarah Bareilles
"The Only Exception"
"For Good" w/ Nick Pitera
"In The Dark"
"Hold It Against Me"
Britney Spears
"Start Again"
Original Song
"Jar Of Hearts"
Christina Perri
"Born This Way"
Lady Gaga
"Rolling In The Deep"
"How To Love"
Lil Wayne
"Someone Like You"
"We Found Love"
"Moves Like Jagger"
Marron 5
"The One That Got Away"
Katy Perry
Jesse J
"I Will Always Love You" tribute
Whitney Houston
Kelly Clarkson
"Somebody That I Used To Know"
"We Are Young"
"What Makes You Beautiful"
One Direction
Britney Spears Medley
Britney Spears
Michael Jackson Medley
Michael Jackson
Lady Gaga Medley
Lady Gaga
"Call Me Maybe"
Carly Rae Jepsen
"Safe And Sound"
Taylor Swift
Bryan Adam
"DJ Got Us Falling In Love"
Owl City
"Thinking Of You"
Katy Perry
Snow Patrol
"You And I Both"
Jason Mraz
"Breaking Free" w/ Allison Williams
Drew Seeley, Zac Efron & Vanessa Hudgens
"Don't Stop Believin'"
Jay Sean
"Wide Awake"
Katy Perry

Sam Tsui: Beautiful Cover Below!

Before I say farewell, I have shared a video of one of the most beautiful covers I personally think he has ever done! I get goose bumps when I hear this song. Please don't shoot me when I confess that I may or may not like this version better than the original. Sam Tsui portrays powerful emotion as he sings this song; listen for yourself!

"Jar Of Hearts"

Sam Tsui: Why I Love Him

I love Sam Tsui because of his ability to make a well known song his own with his unique voice and unparalleled style. Kurt Schneider beautifully compliments Tsui's stardom qualities with his ability to produce and record. Some of the best music videos I have seen on YouTube have been produced by Schneider!

Well, that is is for now fellow hubbers. This concludes my first hub in the Cover Artists Series! The next one will be out in a few days! I hope I have given this young and rising star some justice. I also hope you have enjoyed this glimpse into the career of Sam Tsui, my favorite Cover Artist up to date!


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    • josh3418 profile imageAUTHOR

      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania


      Thanks buddy, glad you liked him! You are welcome for the share, my pleasure!

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      A.E. Williams 

      6 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Oh my!! He's so freaking talented! Love it. :) Thanks for sharing this, Josh. Really awesome.

    • josh3418 profile imageAUTHOR

      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania


      Thanks for stopping by Bruce! I am glad you found this interesting and informative! You are welcome for the share, have a great day bud!

    • josh3418 profile imageAUTHOR

      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania


      No problem bud! i do that sometimes too! :) Thanks for your compliment here buddy!

    • Cogerson profile image


      6 years ago from Virginia

      Very nicely done....I really enjoyed your interesting facts....especially the stats on some of his music(#2 and #3 on the list).....great collection of videos that give a wonderful sample of his great voice. The Michael Jackson video is truly impressive. Thanks for providing all of this information on Sam Tsui.

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      6 years ago

      Wow! I red this a few days ago and I forgot to comment? Jeez, what's wrong with me! Anyway, here's my comment: It is truly amazing how all these cover artists are out there and are making big time! You definitely do them justice by opening everyone's eyes to brand new people with extraordinary talent :)

      Keep it up, Josh!

    • josh3418 profile imageAUTHOR

      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania


      Thanks for your awesome feedback to this wonderful musician! He is indeed fantastic!

    • jonnycomelately profile image


      6 years ago from Tasmania

      Josh, thank you so much, I loved this Hub and Sam Tsui.

      Thanks also, for allowing me to see through the window of Young People and Excellence.

    • josh3418 profile imageAUTHOR

      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania


      You are welcome for the intro! Thanks for the votes and share!

    • josh3418 profile imageAUTHOR

      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania


      Yes, a lot of people haven't. This is why I have made this tribute to him! Definitely check out more of his songs, you will not regret it!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. Thanks for this great intro to Sam Tsui. I do like the videos. Well done. Passing this on.

    • catgypsy profile image


      6 years ago from the South

      Wow, great hub! I have never heard of him, but so enjoyed listening to all of it! I will definitely be checking out more of his songs. Great job Josh!

    • josh3418 profile imageAUTHOR

      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania


      Thanks MH! Appreciate it!

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      You did a great job! Wonderful tribute.

    • josh3418 profile imageAUTHOR

      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania


      Thanks for your positive feedback! :)

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      Girish puri 

      6 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Thanks for introducing Sam Tsui, great one and an addition to my knowledge, thanks

    • josh3418 profile imageAUTHOR

      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania


      Thanks so much for your comment here and your support! I really appreciate him! Thanks for the votes and share!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      What a magnificent tribute to Sam Tsui. I enjoyed learning about this talented and gifted cover artist. The video was good. He's fortunate to have someone like you to really appreciate him. Up, more and sharing.

    • josh3418 profile imageAUTHOR

      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania


      That is so awesome! Yes, you definitely need to check him out! Thanks so much for your support as of recent Maria. I really appreciate you! :) Thanks for the votes friend!

    • josh3418 profile imageAUTHOR

      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania


      Many people have not heard of him, it is all right! Thanks for the comment, and yes I think I am carving away!

    • josh3418 profile imageAUTHOR

      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania


      Thanks so much for your constant encouragement and support! You mean the world to me! Music is a necessity for me as well! He is talented for sure. Thanks again so much!

    • josh3418 profile imageAUTHOR

      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania


      Thanks, so glad you love his voice! LOL, I can't resist being funny, sorry! :)

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      OMGosh, Josh... are you telling me this little honey grew up not 15 minutes from my home in Blue Bell? This is awesome!

      Love (never knew who he was when I heard on radio) "If I Die Young"... and will need to check this lad out some more for sure.

      Michael Jackson's songs sound so fresh... love this sound...soothing.

      I am going to love this series! Voted UP & UABI. Hugs, Maria

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 

      6 years ago from Clinton CT

      I've never heard of him but that isn't saying much- LOL - great job Josh. Are you carving yourself a niche?? :P

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Josh, you are coming alive! I've never heard of the subject of this article, nor any of the artists of whom's covers you've featured. However, and a BIG however, I LOVE music. It's an absolute necessity in my life.

      Not knowing who he's "covering" and having nothing to which to compare, I can tell you this young man is awesomely talented! His voice is crisp and clear; I can hear his message. His mastery of AGBDF and Doremifasolatido is spot on!

      This is an awesome hub Fairy Godson! Please keep us singing!

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Great tribute, and I love his voice! nice one! you might want to change this bit though, 'Sam Tsui was born at a very young age'! lol! great hub and voted up! cheers nell

    • josh3418 profile imageAUTHOR

      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania


      Thanks for your feedback!

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      6 years ago from New Jersey

      I'm not usually one for cover artists, but this guy is actually pretty good. Thanks for sharing.

    • josh3418 profile imageAUTHOR

      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania


      Thanks so much Julie! Yes, Sam has an angelic voice, and Kurta brilliant ability to record! Thanks for sharing friend!

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      Jools Hogg 

      6 years ago from North-East UK

      Josh, brilliant hub and Wow, wow, wow, I think Sam is an amazing vocalist and I can understand why you admire both him and Kurt. The songs sound incredibly well produced. I would happily have any of his songs on my iPod. I have shared this hub, just wonderful.

    • josh3418 profile imageAUTHOR

      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania


      :) Yes, he can sing it better, and has a plethora of covers that are just as good if not better!

    • josh3418 profile imageAUTHOR

      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania


      You are welcome buddy! He deserved the research and time I spent on him!

    • josh3418 profile imageAUTHOR

      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania


      Heyya! Yes, I do enjoy his version better! Glad you enjoyed listening to him Audra!

    • josh3418 profile imageAUTHOR

      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania


      Glad you can see my passion, these artists deserve the praise! Thanks for your continued support and loyalty! It means so very much to me Janine!

    • josh3418 profile imageAUTHOR

      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania


      Yes you have, a few times! :) Glad you enjoyed this tribute!

    • josh3418 profile imageAUTHOR

      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania


      Thanks for your awesome feedback and compliment on mu hub! Yes, he does have an angelic voice! Thanks for the votes as well!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I really didn't think anyone was capable of performing "Jar of Hearts" better than Christina Perri but I have been proven wrong.

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      Joseph De Cross 

      6 years ago from New York

      Sam Tsui, a future star, who is already showing his singing qualities. Thanks for the intro and the extensive research Josh!

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      6 years ago

      You are right, his version of 'Jar Of Hearts' is better by far! I never heard of before! He is really good! I hope to hear more of him and some original work on the radio soon! Great hub!

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      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      Since you sent me some links of cover artists, I too have enjoyed them immensely and can totally see your passion on this topic through your eyes just when you have spoken about them in the past. Now with this article I have gotten a further glimpse into that passion that you have for those who sing capella and do covers of others songs. Loved this article, because it showcased something that you do love and you wrote about it with such powerful emotion. Voted and shared too!!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Have I mentioned that I enjoy cover artists? I do! And eye candy is a bonus! Wow, he's as awesome as your tribute! Well done! :)

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      6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Well, Josh! this is great! Wow! I had never heard of this young singer; his voice is abolutely angelic! he is beautiful to behold and his resume reads like a "who's who" in the world of achievement on so many different levels. What an amazing human being. Your hub is just so cool....I have been introduced to something completely new! Love it. Very very fun and illuminating hub, Josh...not to mention that MJ is one of my all time, favorite, cherished and revered performers...RIP MJ. UP Awesome Beautiful Useful Interesting....not funny..nonono..impressive, yes, funny - no.

    • josh3418 profile imageAUTHOR

      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania


      Thanks friend for your feedback here and for your encouragement and support! It means the world to me!

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      6 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Nice coverage @Josh.....enjoyed this one. voting up and sharing as well.

      Thanks for sharing. he is sure on the way to stardom......:-)

    • josh3418 profile imageAUTHOR

      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania


      Thanks! yes, artists like him need praise and publicity! He is very talented and is beginning to move out of the covers and into doing his original songs. He is on his way to stardom!

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      A great tribute, detailed and informative, and does justice to artistes who need a bit more coverage for their talents. I like the facts! And he sure can sing!


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