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Star Search Champion, Sam Harris (14 show compilation, 1984)




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All performances by Sam Harris on one video compilation.
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Star Search is a television show that was produced from 1983 to 1995, hosted by Ed McMahon, and created by Alfred Masini. A relaunch was produced in 2002 - 2004. The judges are removed for the Championship show, and the studio audience votes for the winners. Winners of Male Vocalist, Female Vocalist, Vocal Group, Comedy, and Dance are awarded $100,000 but unlike American Idol, no record contract was guaranteed. Many Star Search winners from the early seasons secured recording contracts within a few weeks of the end of the competition - first season male vocalist champion Sam Harris signed a recording contract with Motown Records, and released two albums with several singles and music videos. Also landing contracts were third season female vocalist champion Linda Eder, second season junior male vocalist champion Jimmy Salvemini, fourth season male vocalist champion David Slater, and first season junior female vocalist runner-up Tiffany. Just to name a few.

Sam Harris' career has spanned more than two decades in the public eye and run the gamut from singer/songwriter to stage, film, television actor to writer, producer, director. Born in Oklahoma, Sam performed in his first play when he was five and was known to jump on any makeshift stage, be it a wooden crate or a dining room table, and belt out a tune.

His phenomenal "overnight" rise catapulted him into recording industry, where he sold over a million copies of both Sam Harris and Sam-I-Am, which he also produced. Concert tours, including a legendary performance at Carnegie Hall. The little white kid with the soulful voice was suddenly in every magazine and on every talk show. Worldwide, he headlined at the San Remo Festival, the Montreaux Festival, and played London to standing ovations.

Sam also created and wrote the TBS sitcom, Down to Earth with college cohort Bruce H. Newberg, which ran for 4 years. At the request of Elizabeth Taylor, Sam became one of the first celebrities to lead the fight against AIDS. It would mark the beginning of his work as an activists for human rights.

Sam began itching for the theatre again, and he starred in productions of Cabaret, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and the self-penned shows Different Hats and, most notably, Hard Copy.

He continued to record, this time reflecting his love of classics and Broadway songs on the critically acclaimed cds, Standard Time and Different Stages, both produced, arranged and conducted by the legendary Peter Matz. This cd was recorded the old fashioned way - live with the orchestra.

Broadway called and Sam moved to New York, where he received a Drama Desk nomination for his role in Tommy Tune's Grease. Immediately following, he lead the Broadway National tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, where sales records were broken all over the country. Soon after, Sam next starred in Cy Coleman's The Life, for which he received the Drama-League Award as well as Tony, Outer Critic's Circle and Drama Desk nominations.

Sam co-produced the television special "Love Letter to New York" and supervised and arranged several songs and supervised segments of "Michael Jackson's 30 Year Anniversary Special". Sam then moved back to Los Angeles and had barely unpacked when he returned to New York in Mel Brook's smash hit The Producers on Broadway.

Sam has worked with the legends who influenced him such as Stevie Wonder, Elizabeth Taylor, Sammy Davis Jr., Elton John, Al Green, Cyndi Lauper, The Boston Pops and long time collaboration and friendship with the great Liza Minnelli. He has performed at the White House. Appeared on shows such as Arsenio Hall, The Joan Rivers Show, Merv Griffin, Geraldo, American Bandstand, Soul Train, The Tonight Show, The Today Show, Rosie, The View, Barbara Walters Show, and performed "You'll Never Walk Alone" on The Oprah Winfrey Show following September 11th, 2001.

As "Perry Pearl" on the CBS sitcom, "The Class", Sam's chameleonic career took a new turn as a series regular on network television. Popular columnist Liz Smith wrote, "Sam Harris is the comic breakout of the television season!"


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