Sam Concepcion receives a Gold Record Award

Teen Heartthrob Sam Concepcion's self-titled debut album is now certified GOLD! Sam received his Gold Record Award last February 28 on ASAP XV from Universal Records General Manager Kathleen Dy Go. This surprise came after the launch of his current single "Missed You", from his latest DVD release, "Pop Class". Produced by Platinum Producer Ito Rapadas, Sam's debut CD includes the hits "Even If", "I'll Find Your Heart" and "Happy".

Sam instantly captured the hearts of the public when he won in the ABS-CBN talent show ôLittle Big Starö in 2006. He has won numerous commendations in the short span of time that he has been pursuing his career - a string of Candy Magazine's Cutie Awards; NickelodeonÆs Pinoy Wannabe Award; Pure NÆ Fresh Top Teen AwardsÆ Top Teen Male Entertainer Award and "Favorite New Artist" in the 3rd MYX Music Awards. He also topbilled STAGESÆ production of ôHigh School Musicalö, a critical and commercial success, as Troy Bolton.

Sam also broke new grounds when he was tasked to sing the theme song ôKung Fu Fightingöof the international animated movie ôKung Fu Panda". Such feat made him the first local artist to have sung for the Hollywood film company, Dreamworks. In the concert scene, Sam proved why Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano handpicked him to be his successor alongside international recording artist Billy Crawford.

On television, Sam was unforgettable as Boy Bawang in the superserye ôSuper Inggoö, as young Piolo Pascual in ôWalang Kapalitö, as Betty La FeaÆs younger brother Andrew in the ABS-CBN adaptation of the hit Colombian franchise, as the young and handsome Bobet in ôYour Song Presents: Boystownö and on ôASAPö where he is a part of the Gigger Boys and A-Pop. SamÆs credibility as an endorser has also brought his image to a different level. He is one of the faces of Bench and Skechers, as well as the endorser of Karate Kid fast food chain. He has also been lauded for his numerous advocacies. Sam is Department of EducationÆs (DepEd) ambassador and a World Vision stalwart. Sam credits his current success to the support of the SAMsters. They have been consistently following their idolÆs career, showing support and are always present in each and every activity that Sam gets involved with.