In 1989, Sam got married to T Bone Burnett. T Bone Burnett is also a music composer. As a married couple, they became parents once. They were happily married but this married life was ended in a divorce.
Sam has been active in music since 1980. During the early 1980s, she acted as the backing vocalist for Christian artists Mark Heard and Randy Stonehill. Few years later, she signed a contract with Myrrh Records and then she began pursuing her solo career. Her debut album, Beyond Saturday Night was released in 1983 and it was followed by 1984 album, Dancing with Danger. One of her successful album is Martinis & Bikinis which was released in 1994.