Before winning The X Factor Sam worked as a prison officer and lives in Leicestershire with her husband and their two young children Tommy and Brooke. When at work, Sam often found herself singing when she is walking down the corridors. Previously, she has worked on cruise ships and has also performed at festivals.
Having devoted the past few years to her family and her job, Sam feels that this is her time to pursue her dream and to do something for herself for once. Sam wowed the judges in her room audition with her rendition of Beyoncé’s Listen and lived up to her promise with a rousing arena and Bootcamp audition.
On Sharon as her mentor:
“Having Sharon as my mentor is amazing; she gave me a massive hug and even made me a cup of tea at her house. The whole thing still doesn’t feel real to me.”