Sam's song is 'head over boots' for his family

Tambo's Sam Sargood honoured with song recording and TV screening


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Love and honour shine out from every frame of the song sung by Tambo's Sam Sargood in a new series currently airing on national television.

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Tambo singer and songwriter Sam Sargood. Photo supplied.

Tambo singer and songwriter Sam Sargood. Photo supplied.

Love and honour shine out from every frame of the song sung by Tambo's Sam Sargood in a new series currently airing on national television.

In the episode of The Recording Studio screened this week on the ABC, Sam sings American country music star Jon Pardi's number one hit, Head over Boots in honour of the close-knit unit he feels with his family.

It's a performance that brings tears to your eyes and one that has a touching back story as well.

It was early last year that an original song of Sam's, composed out of his feelings of being bullied at boarding school, was filmed by his mum Rachael Sargood and posted to social media at the time of the passing of Amy Jayne "Dolly" Everett.

Its lyrics - "Should we cry out for help? Or should we say nothing and sit on the road to hell?" - touched many, receiving more than 260,000 views in just a couple of days.

It also reached the attention of ABC TV scouts researching a new series about everyday Australians given a chance to professionally record a song.

People associated with the series contacted Sam in June last year, coming out to Tambo soon after to record clips of him singing at the Carrangarra Hotel amid friends and family and the excitement of chicken races, before he and his family made the 1400km trip south to Sydney to record.

He was one of 16 people chosen to do so, giving the gift of his song to his parents and brother Jett.

"We are so proud of him," Rachael said this week after the episode he starred in along with television personality Toni Lamond aired.

"He did a fabulous job to face up to all that at the age of 15, shake hands with everybody.

"It's at that age that boys most doubt themselves."

They're words reiterated by his dad, Jamie Sargood, at the conclusion of the Nashville-style recording session that included one of Lee Kernaghan's guitarists and Beccy Cole's drummer.

"To overcome nerves at his age - he'll overcome everything - it doesn't matter what you throw at him," the proud dad said.

Sam was mentored by Australian country singer Shane Nicholson who in 2013 was named producer of the year at the Australian Country Music Awards.

Sam's youth and nervousness and the way he faced up to it and threw himself into the experience meant a lot to the recording crew supporting him.

"He stopped thinking and it became a feel thing then he nailed it," Shane said.

It's an example of the message that young Dolly Everett left the world with - "speak even if your voice shakes" - that will be honoured on Friday on Do It for Dolly Day.

When Sam's anti-bullying song was posted last year, he passed a message on to Dolly's family.

"Tell (them) that I'm truly sorry for what has happened," he said.

"No one should ever feel that way."

"I was very nervous of what people would think but once I saw what had happened to Dolly and how badly her family were affected then I thought well at least it (the song) has a purpose."

As for his singing future, Rachael said the recording experience will always stay in Sam's life.

"What he does with it, we don't know at the moment. He sings at home and at school but right now he's got to get through year 11 and 12."

For Sam, it was an experience he'll never forget.

"I hope my family is proud of me coming to the big smoke and having a shot," he said.

The story Sam's song is 'head over boots' for his family first appeared on Queensland Country Life.

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