Chris is an accomplished composer for stage and screen.
He has worked on musical projects for some of New Zealand’s top-tier performers and recording artists including Dave Dobbyn, and GRAMMY award winning artists, Kimbra, and Joel Little.
Specialising in musical arrangement and film score writing, Chris’ music has featured on numerous radio and television channels, and in movie theatres throughout the USA.
Chris has an ongoing musical collaboration with performer and composer, Dr. Jeremy Mayall. Together they have written film scores for several independently produced films, including Pikelet Cinema’s feature-length movie Penny Black in 2015.
In the past, Chris has composed music for clients including Fonterra, DVS Home Ventilation, Caci Clinic, Canterbury Rugby Union, and Fiji’s Vomo Island Resort.
SONGS FOR CHILDREN
Chris is an award-winning songwriter for children.
After being raised on a healthy diet of children’s songs written by the likes of Jim Henson, Jerry Juhl and Joe Raposo (The Muppets, Fraggle Rock, Sesame Street), the Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), and musical comedy duo, Flanders and Swan (The Hippopotamus Song), Chris has enjoyed taking what his past-masters have taught him, and making his own music for the children of today.
In New Zealand, Chris is best known for his work with musical supergroup for children The Funky Monkeys. He co-produced seven albums of memorable songs, with many of their music videos still being broadcast on national television since 2007.
In 2008, their ‘Thank You Song’ won the inaugural APRA NZ ‘Best Children’s Music Video Of The Year’ award.
Over the years, Chris has received many commissions to write songs for wide range of children’s productions including product promotions, road safety campaigns, positive parenting workshops, and health roadshows supporting school/early childhood curriculums.
Past clients include Plunket, the NZ Apple Board, World Vision, Sky City Entertainment, Auckland Museum, Westfield NZ Shopping Centres, Cognitive Education, and Edumaxi Ltd.
let’s love our sea
On March 2nd 2019, the beginning of national Sea Week, Chris launched his first independent music video with friends Steve and Riley Hathaway from Young Ocean Explorers thanks to funding from NZ On Air.
Let’s Love Our Sea is a creative collaboration carrying an important message for children aged 2-6: “We need to care for the ocean because amazing creatures live there!” says Chris.
Sea Week’s national coordinator, Dr Mels Barton says, “This opens the door to an exciting new way of sharing the marine life of Aotearoa with the next generation, while also encouraging the preservation of it.”
“I believe this wonderful new musical collaboration has real potential to sow those seeds of guardianship.”
The song and music video are the first step towards producing a full musical ocean-themed show that can be toured into early childhood centres and primary schools in coastal regions of New Zealand.
“We’re just getting started,” says Chris.
Chris has produced and featured on an extraordinary number of songs and albums! Here’s the only definitive list on the internet ...
2019 — ‘Let’s Love Our Sea’ - Chris Lam Sam & Young Ocean Explorers **
2019 — Mr Lam Sam's Musical Mayhem Album ** - In Production
2018 — 'Big Aroha' feat. Jackie Clarke & Nathan King - Kids For Kids **
2018 — Wheely World App Theme - The Scorelocks Collective **
2018 — 'The Smart Water Song' - Chris Lam Sam (for Hamilton City Council) **
2017 — 'Kiwi As' feat. Jackie Clarke & Nathan King - Kids For Kids **
2016 — On The Move - Itty Bitty Beats * (featured on Kiwi Convoy)
2015 — Charles The Magnificent Pony - The Scorelocks Collective *
2015 — It Will Remember Itself - Narrowing Weeks *
2015 — Penny Black (Soundtrack) - The Scorelocks Collective *
2015 — Healthy Habits: 41 Songs for Children - The Scorelocks Collective **
2015 — Lapwing (Soundtrack) - The Scorelocks Collective **
2015 — Tropical Wetlands Soundtrack - The Scorelocks Collective **
2015 — Hybrid Philosophies - Dr Jeremy Mayall *
2015 — 'Slice Of Heaven' feat. Jackie Clarke & Nathan King - Kids For Kids **
2015 — ‘Fight The Furry Feeling’ - Colgate NZ **
2015 — The Tiny Tones Show - Goodtime Music Academy **
2014 — A Collection Of Cues: Volume 1 - The Scorelocks Collective **
2014 — Imaginary Communication - Dr Jeremy Mayall *
2013 — Christmas With Late Eighties Mercedes (EP) - Late Eighties Mercedes *
2013 — Diamonds - Late Eighties Mercedes *
2013 — 'Everything Is Ka Pai' feat. Jackie Clarke & Nathan King - Kids For Kids **
2012 — 'Dead Lucky' - Tuff Collective (for the V48 Hours Film Competition) **
2012 — The Sailor Asthma Show Album - Chris Lam Sam (for Asthma Waikato) **
2012 — 'The Mad Hatter Show Song' - Westfield NZ & One Entertainment **
2012 — The Ruben Rock / Te Waiata a Rupene - The Scorelocks Collective **
2012 — The Waikato Plunket Roadshows Album - The Funky Monkeys **
2012 — 'The Drake the Dragon Show Song' - Westfield NZ & One Entertainment **
2011 — The Plunket Waikato “Are We There Yet?” Roadshow - The Funky Monkeys **
2011 — 139 - Debbie Shepherd *
2010 — The Plunket Waikato “Superhero” Roadshow - The Funky Monkeys **
2010 — Camping Adventure - The Funky Monkeys **
2009 — The ‘World Buddies’ Song - The Funky Monkeys (for World Vision NZ) **
2008 — Get Up Go! - The Funky Monkeys **
2008 — Glimpses - Sarah Hughes *
2008 — ‘The Apple Pips Song’ - The Funky Monkeys (for NZ Apple Board) **
2007 — We Won’t Forget (EP) - Small Town Heroics *
2007 — Heartspeak - Debbie Shepherd *
2007 — Streetlights And Shadows - 48May *
2007 — 'The Scotty Sky Tower Song' - Sky City & One Entertainment **
2006 — Run For Your Lives - Run For Your Lives *
2006 — Always And Never - Goodnight Nurse *
2005 — Sleeping Beauty: The Musical - Katherine Ransom **
2005 — Jungle Party! - The Funky Monkeys **
2005 — 'The Wetasaurus Song' - Chris Lam Sam (for Auckland Museum) **
2005 — Leather And Tattoos (EP) - 48 May *
2004 — Christmas in The Summertime (EP) - The Funky Monkeys **
2003 — Kids Time 2 - Jules Riding *
2002 — 'The Lawn Moa' Live! - Power Station *
2001 — Power Station Kids Songs - Power Station **
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