Born and raised in Alaska, Samuel was adopted by Nannook Eskimo’s and taught the way of the tundra. As a small child he spent his days building snow forts and fishing for king salmon on the Russian River just north of Alyeska. Samuel grew up in the christian non-denominational cult known as Gospel Outreach. He was allowed to listen only to christian music. His early influences were Sandi Patti, The Imperials, Chuck Gerrard, Leon Patillo, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith and Strype..