In this Emerging Headliner interview powered by JBL, singer-songwriter and producer Sam MacPherson talks about going viral on TikTok, songwriting and the meaning behind his brand new EP, Powerlines.
New Jersey-born, L.A.-based MacPherson is about to embark on his first-ever headline tour across North America, and he’s nervous.
“Yep. It’s my first ever headline tour,” he says from his hometown of New Jersey. “It's exciting and terrifying – mostly great things,” he laughs.
The tour is in support of his sophomore EP and major label debut Powerlines. Co-produced by MacPherson, Adam Yaron, Tommy English, Jeremy Hatcher and Gabe Simon, the EP’s theme is about longing for love and connection, and combines lush soundscapes and powerful, vivid lyricism that he hopes will have listeners hanging on to every word.
The title is also meant to be taken literally – a nod to how power lines are able to keep us in touch with the people we love.
“Powerlines is about feeling unavoidably connected to experiences I've had, people I've met and people I've come to understand, or am still trying to understand,” he shares.
“It's about growing up and feeling tethered to those moments and those memories. Also, a little bit of the EP tips a cap to the future and where I am now. So hopefully it's a documentation of some type of radius that I've created in front of me and behind me of what's going on in my life – what has recently happened, and hopefully what the future looks like. It's very much an invitation into how I feel at the moment.”