Big year for Sam Riggs, who early in 2019 inked a worldwide publishing deal with Major Bob Music. The Texas transplant recently shared more big news; he is now a licensed commercial airplane and helicopter pilot.

I took 2-ish months off from social media to focus on my personal life, and to accomplish some big things I’ve been working on for a while," Sam wrote on Facebook. "I’ll show y’all some of that over the next couple weeks. Today, I stand before the world as the singer and songwriter I’ve always been, as well as a Commercial Airplane and Helicopter pilot. Which feels wild to finally say.

The Florida native cut his teeth in Texas with his own brand of country, "a rock-infused sound with a chip on its sonic shoulder from a guy who counts Garth Brooks, Foo Fighters, Eric Church and A Day To Remember among his influences." He's built a solid fan base in the Lone Star State and beyond thanks to his electrifying live shows, powerhouse ballads ("Hold On Let Go," "Second Hand Smoke"), and cinematic barn burners ("Angola's Lament,"High on a Country Song").