Sam Mathews --(Drums/BGV)--: was born in Oakland, California, where he attended Love Center Church pastored by Bishop Walter Hawkins. Samuel grew up with great and varied musicial influences; his grandfather played with Sammy Davis Jr., and Samuel was always inspired and challenged to be a great drummer/musician. After moving with his family to Seattle, Washington, Samuel was one of the first freshman to play in the Senior Jazz Band at Garfield High School. During his freshman year, he was able to go to Europe to play with the great Quincy Jones. In his senior year of high school, Sam won a full ride scholarship to the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho, where he was required to play with the Lionel Hampton Big Band. Samuel continued his musical journey, playing for various artist such as: Edwin Hawkins, Stephen Michael Newby, Katinas, Rance Allen, Ernestine Anderson, Ray Brown and various local artists in the greater Washington and California area. Samuel strives to continue to improve and challenge himself with various styles of playing. He has played with the Seattle Symphony teams, competed in different drum competitions, including The Budshank Jazz Competition and the Guitar Center's Drum Off. Samuel continues to drum for Bryan Duncan and The NehoSoul Band, play with Seattle Pacific University, as well as with Turning Point Ministries. He is also busy producing music for several artists, and has begun creating jingles for air play.