It’s just so good. It’s just so, so, so good. Perhaps the best local singer you’re not paying attention to, Sammie J, who once sang the National Anthem at a Washington Nationals game, hasn’t done much outside of that beyond the coffee shop circuit in Frederick and Brunswick. But with “Honey,” a masterful, infectious little ditty, she announces herself as an absolute force within the county’s often-confusing music scene.
Maybe it’s her voice, a mix of pop-soul that doesn’t not owe some type of debt to Welsh pop star Duffy. Or, for that matter, maybe it’s the understated acoustic guitar or the simple drum machine that gives Sammie J the ability to paint vibrant pictures with her top-shelf enunciation and confidently mesmerizing assertion.
Actually, forget it. It’s all those things and more, highlighted most memorably by a vocal that will blow you away and a hook as contagious as it is irresistible. If you didn’t know who Sammie J was before, you best start paying attention now. Sweet like honey, indeed.
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