Sam Shoup was born and raised in Memphis, TN, and is the son of bandleader Don Reid and vocalist Gwen Parke. He was a member of the award winning Hillcrest High School Jazz Ensemble and received the Best Bassist award at the 1971 Montreux Jass Festival’s Band Competition. After completing a degree in Music Composition from the University of Memphis in 1979, Sam spent ten years working as a full time jingle writer for Media General Broadcast Services, where he received several awards for his outstanding work. He was a founding member of the band “Dog Police,” which won MTV’s Basement Tapes Competition in 1985.
After starting his own company SamJamm Productions in 1990, Sam began specializing in Orchestral and Big Band arranging. He was music director for the Finis Henderson show from 2000-2003, and won St. Johns University’s “Fight Song” competition in 2006. He is a two time a winner of NARAS’ Premier Bassist award. Sam is currently arranger for world renowned soprano Kallen Esperian.
In addition to writing and arranging, Sam plays upright and electric bass, trumpet, and piano.