From the moment Sami Eldebs picked up a guitar, he was hooked. First taught by a childhood friend he continued to teach himself the mechanics of playing guitar. Sami had such a talent and passion for music that it was not long before he began to write his own songs. His desire to be a professional musician was fueled by his early success in talent shows, small gigs and battles of the bands in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After high school, while most of his friends were heading off to college, Sami took the biggest leap of his life, deciding to leave all he knew behind, to move out to the east coast to pursue his dream. Overcoming such obstacles as depression, homelessness, and heartbreak upon his arrival to New Jersey, Sami never lost sight of his aspiration to become a musician. Through hard work and sheer determination he began to carve out a name for himself in the tri-state area, playing under the name The Same Effect. After playing numerous venues and recording a handful of independent demos, it wasn't until his collaboration with producer/songwriter Alex Houton of Wu-Shu Entertainment, that Sami's dreams started to become of reach. The collaboration resulted in "The Come Hear E.P." (released as The Same Effect), a collection of four strong, heartfelt, melodic and original songs. The EP was officially released December of 2007.
After being offered a handful of record and management deals due to the success of the EP, he turned them down due to his strong vision and the control he wanted over his music. Now performing under his given name, this lead Sami down the path of creating his first full length LP. He bought a macbook and through trial and error, taught himself how to record. Sami wrote and played every instrument on the record and did all the arrangements. The resulting album, Blackouts and Knockouts is a work of passion, and purely Sami from beginning to end. Sami was quoted as saying “I wanted to write an album that was real, but more importantly, real to me…it’s a record that I feel speaks the truth.”