Sam Rivera is a singer/songwriter based in Portland OR. Born in Portland to Salvadoran immigrants, Sam is the youngest of 4 siblings. He began singing at age 15 at the church his parents have been pastors for 20 years. Sam says, "I avoided opportunities to sing at church. I hadn't experienced life and felt I had nothing to share." This led to having problems with his faith and started to stray away from church. Sam became angry, confused, experienced anxiety and fell into a depression that led him to almost end his life twice. He was cutting himself behind everyone's back just trying to find a way to cope.