March 05, 2010
‘Cali-soul’ is the term Samantha Stollenwerck uses to describe her sound; a unique blend of soulful pop rock that has landed her on bills with the likes of Dave Matthews Band and Ziggy Marley. Samantha fuses the elements of catchy songwriting and funky undertones with a fresh west coast vibe of rock and roll to create a style all her own.
Samantha, a California native formed her first band, Shady Lady, in college 1999 in Berkeley, California. She quickly gained attention in San Francisco with the support of KFOG radio and key slots at venues such as the Fillmore and Shoreline Amphitheater. Samantha has toured extensively over the past 8 years and has graced the stages at festivals such as Bonnaroo, South by Southwest and Austin City Limits Music Festival. When touring, Samantha usually rocks with a full band yet takes the time to play intimate solo acoustic sets to connect with her fans.
This past year Samantha completed a record titled “Carefree” with producer, Jeff Trott. Jeff is best known for his work with Sheryl Crow, having penned several of Crow’s hit songs such as “Everyday is a Winding Road” and “If it Makes You Happy” as well as was Sheryl’s touring guitar player for over a decade. Stollenwerck and Trott’s chemistry in the studio gave permission for Samantha’s authentic voice and personality to resonate through in her songs.
Samantha also collaborated with songwriter Danielle Brisebois who is accredited with several hit songs including Natasha Bedingfield’s singles, “Unwritten” and “Pocket Full of Sunshine”. Samantha rounded out her record by bringing aboard Grammy Award winning mixer, Manny Marroquin (Alicia Keyes, Usher, Kanye West) to bump up the grooves and add the unique sound that “Carefree” represents.
Samantha released “Carefree” independently on November 10th 2009 and has toured acoustically in support. She plans to be on the road touring consistently in 2010.