Sam Bettens (born 23 September 1972) is a Belgian musician and the lead singer of the Belgian band K's Choice. He is known for his enigmatic, husky voice. Sam is a transgender man; he started transitioning in 2019.
In the mid-90's, Bettens formed the band K's Choice with his brother Gert. They are the two best-known faces of the band. The band is popular in Belgium, the Netherlands, and France, and has toured in the U.S. with The Verve Pipe, Tonic, Alanis Morissette and the Indigo Girls, as well as on their own.
Bettens' first solo effort was a mini-album called Go. His first full-length solo album, Scream, was released in Europe on 14 March 2005, and in the USA on 23 August 2005.
In March 2007, Bettens released an EP through online music label Fuzz. His second full-length album, Shine, including new mixes of the tracks from the Fuzz EP, was released in 2007. It was produced by Brad Wood. The full CD was distributed for free with 13 October edition of the Flemish newspaper De Morgen in Belgium, which sold 180,000 copies. (Normally the paper sells 95,000 copies.)
In 2007, Bettens won an EBBA Award. Every year, the European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA) recognize the success of ten emerging artists or groups who reached audiences outside their own countries with their first internationally released album in the past year.
In late 2008, Bettens released the album Never Say Goodbye, consisting of recordings of live performances of K's Choice and solo songs, covers, and new songs which had been played during previous tours. The album was only available at concerts and from his online shop.
There were plans to license the single "Come Over Here" from his LP Scream for episode 409 of the American series The L Word. However, the plans fell through due to problems involving the song's co-writer and record label. The song also appears on the premier Music With a Twist compilation (Sony).
After having played Michigan Womyn's Music Festival in 2006 solo, Bettens organized a band which, at the time, was identified as all-female, for a performance there in 2007.
In June 2012, he worked as a firefighter for a year in the Johnson City Fire Department.
Bettens has provided vocals for movie soundtracks, including Underworld, Wild Things, Zus and Zo, and Leef!
(Bio taken from Wikipedia.)
Sarah Bettens - Go (EP) (Idol Media, 2004)
Sarah Bettens - Scream (Flow Records B.V., 2005)
Sarah Bettens - Shine (Universal Music, 2007)
Sarah Bettens - Never Say Goodbye (Cocoon Records, 2008)
K's Choice - The Great Subconscious Club (Double T Music, 1993)
K's Choice - Paradise In Me (Double T Music, 1995)
K's Choice - Cocoon Crash (Double T Music, 1998)
K's Choice - Extra Cocoon - All Access (Double T Music, 1999)
K's Choice - Almost Happy (Double T Music, Sony Music Entertainment, Epic, Red Ink, 2000)
K's Choice - Home (Double T Music, 2001)
K's Choice - 10 (1993 > 2003, Ten Years Of) (Epic, Cocoon Records, Vanguard, 2003)
K's Choice - Echo Mountain (Epic, 2010)
K's Choice - Little Echoes (Wallaby Records, 2011)
K's Choice - The Phantom Cowboy (2015)
Live albums - K's Choice
K's Choice - K's Choice Live (Epic, 2001)