Since she got her first guitar at the age of 9, Samantha knew that music was what would set her life apart from most. Born Samantha Cheryl Clemons, in Houston, Texas, to a West Indian mother, her pure love of music has always been apparent. Growing up in a sheltered world, on a different army post every three years, music was her release. Whether it was singing in the church choir or getting lost with her guitar, music was the common variable, when everything else seemed ever changing. It was the one thing that always made sense. Samantha found her love of writing in high school, during which her personal life was filled with turmoil. When no one could listen, writing was the medium with which she could unload her heart. But it wasn’t until her second year in college when she put the two together and began writing and composing her own music.
Often compared to the likes of Lauryn Hill for her smooth vocals and soulful presence, Samantha’s sound is nothing short of original. Citing her influences as revolutionary musicians such as Bob Marley, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Joni Mitchell, and Etta James, Samantha has seamlessly woven different styles and sounds into a sound described by her as “Urban Rock.” Samantha has taken influence from many different genres, and fused them seamlessly to make a sound all her own and her inviting melodies and compelling lyrics are sure to engage any listener. Quoted from an article in her school paper, Samantha says,“I believe all music is influential. Great music doesn’t lie in only one genre. And from the good to the plain ugly, there’s something to take away from it all. Even if it’s just a lesson in what NOT to do.”
Playing her music on stage for the first time at an open mic in Manhattan, Kansas, fellow musicians realized that her talent was undeniable. Soon after she was being asked to open for bands playing locally and in the region, as well as playing her own acoustic sets at coffeehouses and bars around the area. Samantha has only been playing shows for the past year, but given her extensive history on stage, it’s no wonder she commands the presence of the audience like a veteran. Opening for some of Manhattan’s premiere bands, Lucia Drive and Pomeroy, and playing some of the biggest clubs in the area. Samantha has been able to create significant buzz and a local following as well as a respectable fan base on YouTube where you can find her playing her originals and a few covers.
Already having formed a nook of her own at the age of 19, it won’t be long before Samantha’s name will be known around the world. Her passion for music along with her ambition and determination, make Samantha a force to be reckoned with. It is rare that a musician of such grace, ability, and conviction comes along. But when they do, there’s no denying the success that is inevitable and the impact they will leave.
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