REVIEW: Sammy Leighton Clay @ The Hope and Ruin, 08/02/2020

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Sammy Leighton Clay brings mischief and melody to The Hope and Ruin in Brighton

The stage of ‘The Hope and Ruin’ pub hosted a talented, upcoming artist with a very melodic and emotional voice. Sammy Leighton Clay is a calm spirit, full of mischief who gets to show both facets of his personality when performing his original songs and covers. His soothing voice makes the acoustic version of the songs that he sings more enjoyable. He had the crowd feeling simultaneously the love and pain rising from the lyrics. At the same time, the crowd gets to laugh at his jokes. It is evident that he loves to interact in-between each of his songs.

‘I just like to chat with the crowd, make them laugh, have a connection with the people’ the singer states.

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He creates a friendly and homely environment for the audience. This allows them to focus on the show and their thoughts. Then at the same time, they could travel at the deep ends of their minds and souls, having for both company and comfort his incredible voice.

The singer has great confidence when it comes to performing, having been on stage since his school years. During his younger years Sammy took part in many musicals such as ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘High School Musical on Tour’. This experience was a gain for him as it helped him get control of his breathing and diaphragm. This was a skill which has proven to useful for his very demanding vocals. His first experience on stage, however, was in the course of a family holiday in Grand Canary Island at a drag queen show. At the end of the show he got up to sing karaoke. The people loved eight-year-old Sammy, and one of the owners of the bars ended up messaging him on Instagram several years later inviting him to perform at the Pride festival there.

His love of being on stage and performing live lead him to many choices that helped him grow as a person and as an artist. These choices made him realise what he wants to do with his music and figuring out that he does not want to settle down for things that are not beneficial to his future.

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Sammy explained to the audience: ‘When I was younger, I used to say yes to everything, now it’s not about the money, it’s more like, is it going to be beneficial to me in the long run?’ He went on to admit: ‘I also try to make everything an opportunity’.

As for his plans for the future, Sammy is planning to go to Hong Kong with the artist Ramin Karimloo, with whom he went on a UK tour last year. His immediate plans, however, include his next show on March 15th and his new single which will be released soon after. The singer also has several shows coming up during the summer, three in Disneyland Paris and several others in Birmingham, Manchester, London and of course, Brighton.

If you missed the event and you want to spend an enjoyable evening full of soulful music mixed with fun make sure to book your tickets for the ‘Intimate & Acoustic’ show coming up on Sunday the 15th of March at the Brunswick Venue in Hove.

Konstantina Gkertsou

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