Sam "Bassman" Jenkins
native of South Carolina, Sam “Bassman” Jenkins graduated from Benedict College in Columbia, SC, where he majored in Criminal Justice with a minor in Music. While in school, Sam spent many years performing with the renowned Benedict Gospel Choir and attended and performed in many recitals at the USC School of Music, and with the S.C. Philharmonic Orchestra while completing his education. The “Bassman” is quickly gaining wide acceptance as a recording artist with the release of his latest endeavor Journey. Samuel has recently added music directing to his career, with emphasis on stage production and band arrangement. He has had the opportunity to serve as Music Director for gospel artists Adrian Greene and The Diplomats for Christ and Marvelous Entertainment Inc. of Los Angeles, California. Throughout his career, he has performed with many jazz artists, bands and instrumentalists. Most notably, he has opened for Kenny G and Patti Labelle at the Colonial Center in Columbia, SC. Additionally; he has performed with John Valentino (formerly with the Whispers), Angelica Christie, Harold Rayford, Joe Johnson, with the band “Straight Ahead" and with new artist, Terence Young. He has also worked with various R&B artists including Christopher Williams, Tony Terry, Morris Day, Levert and Tameka Scott of the group "Escape". His repertoire also includes performances with gospel artists such as Shirley Murdock, Men of Standard, Carlton Pearson, Dawkins and Dawkins, Donald Malloy, Israel of "New Breed" and Tarralyn Ramsey. He has also performed in musical stage plays such as: "Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places," "What Every Woman Wants," "Just Be A Man About It," and "A Woman's Worth," written and directed by R&B artist Tiger Graham of the group "Silk."