Sam Woolf was born on April 19, 1996 in West Bloomfield, Michigan to Mary and Scott Woolf.His great-grandfather, Sammy Woolf, was a well-known Detroit bandleader, his uncle is composer Randall Woolf, and pianist Kathleen Supové is his aunt (by marriage). His great-uncle, Mickey Woolf, was a musician prominent in Detroit’s Jewish community.Woolf was a student at the Scotch Elementary School in West Bloomfield, but moved to North Port, Florida in 2006 when he was 9.When he was 13, his mother remarried and moved to another city in Florida, and Woolf and his older sister Emily remained in Northport with their father. Woolf and his father moved to Bradenton just prior to his sophomore year of high school, where he attends Braden River High School. At the beginning of his junior year, he moved in with his grandparents who also live in Bradenton.
Woolf auditioned in Boston, singing “Lego House” by Ed Sheeran. He sang “Waiting on the World to Change” on the first round in Hollywood, and his original composition entitled “I Tried” in the final solo of the Hollywood Round.