Singing in church got Sam Sparro through a miserable childhood - and revealed his fabulous soul voice. He tells Paul Lester why he's proud to. London-based Australian artist Sam Sparro will return to Aussie shores later this year for the first time since Catch all the tour dates, below. Sam Sparro has married his boyfriend Zion Lennox. The 'Black and Gold' singer started dating Lennox back in and announced two.
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He is a bit the worse for wear, following a night on the tiles in Camden and several days revisiting Guildford, where he lived at the turn of the century with his cousins. He was recognised a few times on his travels.
Sparro is good company, wryly humorous and eminently aware of his own shortcomings. Everything he says is undercut with modesty and a sense of nervous excitement at his new-found fame. Just as the eccentric clothes he wears to perform in aren't the real him - today he's in jeans and T-shirt - so his words seem bolder in print. He was born Sam Falson, the son of a church-minister-cum-performer called Chris Falson.
He lived in Australia until he was 10, at which point his family moved to LA. A confident child, he was happy in Sydney surrounded by friends and relations. In America, he felt ostracised. It was a horrible time. But I did start to pierce my body in weird ways. I'd pierce the cartilage in my ears and pierce my belly button using big safety pins, which is a really silly thing to do.
I gave myself a tattoo on my ankle when I was about I did it with a needle and a marker. It was a little cross, and it lasted about five years. I don't know why I'm telling you all of this stuff. It's painting me as a complete lunatic. I think to love yourself is really important because if you can't love yourself you can't love anybody else.
Sparro is openly gay. So that gay teenagers don't have to get the shit kicked out of them in school and think that they're a horrible person. It's easier to be an 'out' pop star today. Morrissey never came out, and Neil Tennant left it very, very late, whereas Jake Shears was open from the start. His parents were "really cool" about his coming out. I really worried that they were going to disown me.
But I should have trusted them a bit more and known that they're better than that. I'm really close to both of my parents, and they're really supportive and they love my boyfriend. I've been with him for two years. I have a general faith in a higher power. I'm a spiritual person, but I'm not into any religion. I was always kind of a non-denominational Christian.
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