There is one month left until the release of country-darling-turned-pop-starlet and powerhouse songwriter Taylor Swift’s fifth studio album, 1989.* In anticipation of this, we look back at singles by Taylor that Sam has covered over the years.
* (1989 is the same year that Taylor and Sam Tsui were born!)
1. Safe and Sound – Video Published: May 27th, 2012
The original song is a collaboration between Taylor and The Civil Wars – a band that jumped into the spotlight almost as quickly and quietly as they broke up and faded out of it. Their music inspired singer-songwriters and fans alike, attracting admirers like Swift with songs like "Barton Hollow". ”Safe and Sound” is a complementary blend of their different styles, creating a haunting and beautiful song for the official soundtrack of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. A self-proclaimed Hunger Games fan himself, Sam joins with Kurt Schneider for a unique, piano-driven take on this song.
2. I Knew You Were Trouble – Video Published: December 25th, 2012
"I Knew You Were Trouble" is the third single off of Taylor’s fourth studio album Red. It is best known as the anthem of goats across the world, but Sam joined with Kurt once again to create a pitch-perfect cover. Contrasting Taylor’s “tortured soul” interpretation, Sam sings from a place of strength and liberation. The video features classics like Sam’s red, Michael Jackson-esque jacket and Kurt’s portable “Schroeder piano,” which has become a fan favorite over the years.
3. 22 – Video Published: June 8th, 2013
Playing another hit single off of Red, this massive collaboration helped mark bringing together a small group of artists as touring partners for the summer. With Sam alongside Kurt, Chrissy Costanza and Daniel Gow of Against The Current, Alex Goot, and the recently divided King The Kid, this was all about having fun, with Chrissy running around telling everybody it is time to jam in a random parking lot! (Spoiler alert: Mission accomplished.)