Sam + Jess Biography

Behind The Scenes

A stylistically unique duo, the members of Sam + Jess have been singing and playing in sync almost their entire lives. It was only recently that they were finally able to start performing in front of family and friends. Sam + Jess grew up in a small town in Southern Illinois and frequently sang together with the rest of their family at their local church. When Sam graduated high school and decided to pursue her dream of teaching music, she moved to Cape Girardeau while Jess stayed behind to finish high school and go on to write and record music of her own. About ten years later, Jess moved down to Cape Girardeau and Sam + Jess decided to start making music together again. This is only the beginning of their journey and they cannot wait to see where the road leads them.


Meet Sam + Jess

pssst...they're sisters


Sam Gates


This is Sam. She plays ukulele and sings.


Jessie Schupbach


This is Jess. She plays guitar and sings.


Betty and Jojo

Emotional Support

These are Sam's cats. They're just cute.