Sammy J currently resides in Brisbane. His mother is Australian and his father is Maori hailing form Ngati Raukawa, Waikato. Born and bred in Aussie he describes himself as a 'Mozzie' but proud and confident in his identity and embraces his maori and Polynesian heritage and roots which influenced his perspective on life. Sammy J works in youth mentoring and travel between Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney working predominantly with Maori and Pacific youth.