Who Is Sam Kiszka? Know More About Greta Van Fleet’s Bassist

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Who Is Sam Kiszka? Know More About Greta Van Fleet’s Bassist

Sam Kiszka is a musician and bassist widely popular for the classic-rock-influenced band Greta Van Fleet. He founded the band alongside his older brothers Josh Kiszka and Jake Kiszka, and former band-mate Kyle Hauck in 2012.

Since then, the band has released two studio albums with several hit songs. Likewise, some of their hit singles are Highway Tune, From the Fires, Safari Song, and When the Curtain Falls. 

Here, you can find out more details about Sam Kiszka’s career achievements, his early life details, his earnings, and more. Also, find out whether Sam is dating someone or not with us.

Details Of Sam Kiszka’s Early Life & Age

Born Samuel Francis Kiszka on 3rd April 1999, Sam is 23 years old as of 2022. He is the third son and the youngest child of Karen Kiszka and Pappa Kiszka. He grew up in a family with a musical background as both of his parents are musicians by profession.

Pappa Kiszka is a vocalist for a local band called Blues. He is often seen performing with the band around his neighborhood. He is the younger sibling of Josh, Jake, and Veronica Kiszka. Not to forget, Josh and Jake and fraternal twins born on 23rd April 1996.

Educational Details

The bassist was born and raised in Frankenmuth, Michigan, and went to Frankenmuth High School. Sam graduated from there in 2017 and shared his big moments on Instagram.

American musician Sam Kiszka on the graduation day
Sam Kiszka on his high school graduation day alongside his friends

Moreover, Kiszka even played golf whilst in high school but went with his foremost interest, music. Sam had already become a household name during the time of his graduation.

Similarly, his 26-year-old brother, Josh also went and graduated from the same high school. Whereas, his older sister Veronica finished high school in 2015. Moreover, Josh’s mother is a Grand Blanc High School and Saginaw Valley State University alumn.

Sam Kiszka Created Greta Van Fleet Alongside His Older Siblings

Sam, his older brothers Josh and Jake along with Kyle Hauck came together in 2012 and decided to start a band together. As all four of them were already into music, they started writing and recording songs.

The four Michigan boys settled on Greta Van Fleet as their band name. The story behind their name is a cute one. They decided to go for Greta Van Fleet after they heard Kyle’s grandmother talking about someone named Gretna Van Fleet.

Upon hearing the unique name, they decided to remove ‘N’ from the name and of course they got permission from the original owner. The name-owner, Gretna Van Fleet is an elderly woman in her 80s based in Michigan. Moreover, she is also a musician and supports the band though rock is not her genre.

Sadly, Kyle left the band in 2013 and was replaced by their present drummer Danny Wagner.

His Band Greta Van Fleet Is Often Compared With Led Zeppelin

The English band was signed by Lava Records and made it to the headlines with their debut EP Black Smoke Rising. The official music video was released by Loudwire.

They even won the Best New Artist at the Loudwire Music Awards in October and were named the New Artist of the week by Apple Music.

Likewise, their debut studio album Anthem of the Peaceful Army sold around 80,000 copies in the first week of its release. It was nominated for Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album three times.

Sam Kiszka is the bassist for Greta Van Fleet, a band
Sam Kiszka and his brothers Josh and Jake and Kyle formed Greta Van Fleet in 2012

Similarly, their second album titled The Battle at Garden’s Gate came out on 16th April 2021. It includes songs like Heat Above, My Way Soon, Age of Machine, and Built By Nations.

With the band’s growing name, it is often compared to another English rock band Led Zepplin. The band was formed in London in 1968 with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham, and John Paul Jones.

The lead singer Robert Plant thinks that “Greta Van Fleet as Led Zeppelin I” calling Josh a beautiful singer.

Greta Van Fleet Had To Postpone Their Show Due To Health Issues

In early 2022, the band began their Dreams in Gold North America tour covering most parts of Europe. While all was going well, they cancelled a few shows after their vocalist Josh & lead guitarist Jake Kiszka fell ill.

Though Josh had a fast recovery, Jake was taken to the hospital as he got diagnosed with pneumonia. The sad news was announced via the band’s official Instagram page with a post writing,

“Jake wanted to push through, however, doctors have advised doing so could potentially lead to further complications and a longer recovery. This is the only beginning of the tour and it is important for Jake to heal so the rest of Dreams in Gold 2022 can continue as planned through the rest of the year starting in South America.”

The tour was resumed after Jake was discharged and recovered fully at home.

Sam Kiszka And The Band Is Very Charitable

Apart from their career, the band members are also involved in several charity events and work with organizations to give back to the community.

 

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In 2018, they contributed some amount from each ticket from their concerts to the CHM Foundation. The organization mainly focuses on the advancement of children’s wellness and health.

Similarly, they were also invited to perform at the 26th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party by Elton John himself. The main goal of the event is to raise donations for HIV/AIDS.

Moreover, they also support other campaigns like James Rhodes Don’t Stop the Music campaigns which provide a chance for children interested in music to perform with their favorite musician.

Sam Kiszka’s Older Brother Josh Was Called Out For Culturally Apparoating The Indigenous

Recently in April 2022, people on the internet noticed and called out to Sam Kiszka’s Josh after he wore Indigenous costumes on stage. He was wearing feather headdresses and garments belonging to Indigenous communities, and not in a good way.

While the fire was still on, his posts from 2017 added more fuel to it. In one of his posts, he is seen hanging around with friends wearing copies of sacred Indigenous wear.

People got so mad that one even created an Instagram account just to call out Josh. Most of their posts were directed to Josh saying,

“These photos have never been addressed or deleted despite being culturally appropriative and offensive to various Native cultures. Indigenous fans and others have tried to contact Josh asking him to address the matter but he continues to stay silent.”

They also said,

Remaining silent on this is upsetting and ignorant as it upholds racist ideologies that Indigenous cultures are simple a costume,”

After thousands of fans and people on the internet brought the incident to light, Josh released an apology post where he wrote,

To our Indigenous fans, I see you, I’ve taken time to listen and gather my thoughts. My appreciation for Indigenous culture is bigger than myself. I’ve been able to grow and learn. This growth has not stopped and will not stop here.”

He concluded his statement with a link to a charity saying,

I have made a charitable donation [to] the First Nations Development Institute to help keep Indigenous traditions like theirs alive and well. Should you want to support with me, please visit firstnations.org.”

Is Sam Kiszka & His Girlfriend Hannah Still Together?

In 2021, the 23-year-old rising star Sam was reportedly dating a girl name, Hannah. Though her full identity was never revealed, a few cute pictures of the couple hit the internet.

American musician Sam Kiszka and his alleged girlfriend Hannah
Sam was reportedly dating a girl named Hannah in 2021

Sadly, as of 2022, there as no updates regarding their love life. It is safe to say that Kiszka likes to keep his personal life away from the limelight. Besides this, Sam’s past affair details and marriage are also not available.

How Rich Is Sam Kiszka In 2022?

The bassist earns most of his fortune from his work with the rising band Greta Van Fleet. His fortune is around $1 million as of mid-2022.

On the other hand, his older brother Josh Kiszka is worth around $5 million as of 2022. The three brothers are the founding members of Greta Van Fleet.