Sam Kim was born in the United States, where he attended Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way, Washington. He has a younger brother Jooyoung and sister, Sujin. Moving to South Korea, he participated in the third season of the talent show K-pop Star and was signed by Antenna Music’s CEO You Hee-yeol, a judge on the show.
Kim released the first part of his debut EP, My Name is Sam, on March 28, 2016. It contained three tracks including the pre-release single “Mama Don’t Worry”. His full-length EP, I Am Sam, was released on April 10. Its lead single was “No 눈치 (No Sense)”, featuring Crush. His debut performance was at the finale stage of K-pop Star 5 on the same day.
Kim’s recent MV Make up (feat. Crush) was released on October 23, 2018.