• 28 January 1962
  •  Glendale, California, USA

Sam Phillips


Sam Phillips began her entertainment career as a Contemporary Christian Music singer, where she made a number of albums under the name "Leslie Phillips". She began to be disillusioned with the Christian music business due (mostly) to its intolerance of her brutally honest approach to her faith, and around the same time she met and married T-Bone Burnett (who became her producer as well as her husband) and switched from the Christian record label Word Records to Virgin Records. Since then, she has released the albums "The Undescribable Wow", "Cruel Inventions", and "Martinis and Bikinis" (as well as a few songs that have appeared on movie soundtracks) all under the name Sam Phillips. Her role in Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995) movie is her first appearance as an actress; she was reportedly chosen for the part after someone in a position of influence was struck by her picture on the cover of "Martinis and Bikinis". In 2000, Sam was asked by Amy Sherman-Palladino to compose for her new series _Gilmore Girls_. She accepted and would score the show throughout its entire run, ending in 2007. Marking a reunion for herself and Amy Sherman-Palladino, it was announced in 2012 that Sam would compose the music to the television series Bunheads (2012).