Born in Canada and raised in Minnesota, Sam Bartel is the perfect blend of Canadian and American culture. When he isn't singing the latest pop hit or perfecting the most realistic snare sound, Sam is learning and creating new things. All the time. Trained as a pianist since the age of five, he quickly fell in love with singing. From singing in church choirs to singing solos in elementary/middle school, Sam sought out every extracurricular vocal opportunity he could wrap his vocal chords around. In high school, Sam took on lead roles in musicals, started his own a cappella group, arranged his first a cappella chart, sang in the 2007 Minnesota Men's All-State Choir, and was awarded the Christopherson Award for his outstanding accomplishments in his school's choral program.
At the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada), Sam explored his love of music while studying Environmental Engineering. He was quickly introduced to the fledgling male a cappella group there, the Water Boys, and within a year and half was elected as their musical director. Sam later co-founded and co-directed the award winning uWaterloo coed group, the Intentional Accidentals, which came in 9th place overall in the 2014 ICCA season. He was instrumental in designing their set, winning an award for his arrangement of "Demons" by Imagine Dragons and producing the audio and video from their heralded ICCA Wildcard video.
In the fall of 2014, Sam joined the Chicago-based professional a cappella group Gentleman's Rule as both a baritone and beatboxer on their third national tour opening for Under the Streetlamp. Their sound has been heralded as "Straight No Chaser meets Usher" and have developed a devoted fanbase since hitting the a cappella scene. Sam has quickly proven to be a valuable asset to Gentleman's Rule with his production and arranging skillset.