Ogden boy is a Sundance star

By Cristina Rendon

Published 01/26 2013 10:40PM

Updated 01/27 2013 03:13PM

PARK CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) – Sammy Brue’s tunes caught the attention of lots of people at the Sundance Film Festival giving a boost to his music career.

The Ogden native is an 11-year-old who has only been playing the guitar a little over a year.

“When I write a song, I want people to feel like me,” Brue said.

Brue took his sound to Sundance and played on Main Street despite not having a musician’s permit for the festival. He said he was busted by the cops, but a famous actor came to his aid.

“Tony Danza stuck up for me,” Brue said. “He’s like, ‘I’m trying to listen to this kid play. Let him finish. I want to listen to him’.”

Brue played one more song before he called it quits. By that time, the buzz about his talent had already spread across Main Street and on Facebook.

His father said the response was great.

“Enough people saw him that we got quite a few invitations to play at indoor venues,” Michael Thornbrue, Sammy’s father, said.

Sammy was invited to play at the Filmmaker’s Lounge, the Fender Lodge and the HP Sundance House.

“Right as I got up to sing all these people started coming in,” Brue said. “It was awesome!”

The boy’s folk music is a hit with crowds, in large part because he sings and plays the guitar, banjo and harmonica.

Brue said his favorite part of the entire experience has been connecting with the audience because they show excitement.

“That is the best part, inspiring people,” Brue added.

For more information on Sammy Brue, follow his Facebook page.

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