Born and raised in the Twin Cities, MN, Sammi began training as a classical percussionist when she was eight years old. At the age of 13, she was accepted into the most prestigious ensemble of the Minnesota Youth Symphonies as one of the youngest players in the history of that orchestra. Not long after, she was immersed into the thriving musical theater scene of Minneapolis, inspiring her to develop her skill as a drum set player.
Sammi made the move to Nashville in 2013 to study music at Belmont University. A recipient of the Wilson Music Scholarship, she has worked with Chester Thompson (Genesis, Weather Report), Zoro (Lenny Kravitz, Bobby Brown), Derico Watson (Victor Wooten), and Steve Goold (Ben Rector, Sarah Bareilles, Owl City), among many others. During her time in Nashville, Sammi has shared the stage with artists such as Peter Frampton, Ricky Skaggs, and Gordon Kennedy.
In 2015, Sammi performed on the 10th season of America’s Got Talent with her band, The Reckless Charms. She was invited to perform at both the Dolby Theater in Hollywood and Radio City Music Hall in New York. Aside from her work with this group, Sammi performs and records for artists in pop, rock, Christian, country, Latin, and jazz genres. She recently performed in the Christian Showcase and Best of the Best at Belmont University with Hannah Rand, a nationally acclaimed artist and winner of the 2013 Grammy Foundation contest.