Samuel Benjamin Cohen is an American rock vocalist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, artist, and producer based in Brooklyn, New York. A founding member of the psychedelic rock and pop band Apollo Sunshine, he released several albums with the group in the early 2000s. In 2009 he formed the solo project Yellowbirds,releasing the debut album The Color in 2011. This release was followed by Songs from the Vanished Frontier in 2013.The first Sam Cohen record, Cool It, will be out April 28, 2015 on Easy Sound Records, and will primarily feature Cohen playing all of the instruments. He released the first preview from the album, “Kepler 62,” in November 2014 on Stereogum.He is also known for his original collages on the Yellowbirds album covers, and his collage animation videos.
Since 2008 Cohen has produced or contributed as a songwriter or musician to albums by Norah Jones, Shakira, Dawn Landes, The Bandana Splits, Joseph Arthur, Trixie Whitley, and Walter Martin. In 2012, he was guitarist for The Bridge Session, a collaboration between The National and Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir. From 2012 through 2014, he was the Musical Director for the concert The Complete Last Waltz, which featured artists such as Nels Cline, Cass McCombs, members of Dr. Dog, etc.