San Francisco emerging artist Samantha Stollenwerck has come out of the gates kicking in 2005, introducing herself and her sound, with a new album, triple A and XM radio play, a debut at South by Southwest Music Festival, tons of new press and constant touring! Samantha Stollenwerck, a California native, has coined the phrase “Cali Soul,” defining her sound as a unique blend of soulful pop rock. Samantha picked up the guitar on the beaches of San Diego in high school, influenced by the surf punk scene that dominated the North County. Having spent summers on the East Coast and being exposed to rock bands like the Black Crowes, Samantha’s musical mentoring hasn’t been the same since. “Something in the voice of Chris Robinson affected me and I changed for good. I just can’t believe that I found something kinda like that in me, and probably will never understand it,” says Stollenwerck. “At times, Stollenwerck's style recalls Tuesday Night Music Club-era Sheryl Crow, with a sort of earthy folk charm that occasionally veers into rock and R&B, and obviously personal songs that are still easy to connect with.” (MIX Magazine)
Samantha has kept a busy tour schedule, performing up and down the California coast and gracing stages of summer festivals in Virginia, California, Colorado, South Carolina and more. Her performances in the Bay Area have won her a loyal fan base and earned her a slot on the KFOG local scene compilation album along with support from San Francisco Magazine, chosen as top 5 Bay Area artists to watch, as well as a Datebook cover story in the San Francisco Chronicle. According to the Mill Valley Herald, “Samantha is the next voice of California!”
Samantha is taking the road on the west coast this summer, watch for and heading to the east coast in the Fall! Her debut album, Square One is available nationally in Tower Records as well as at www.samanthamusic.com Keep an eye on what’s happening, because its just getting better and better!
“A rising, young singer/songwriter and guitarist, the blonde beauty from San Francisco may just be (Jack) Johnson's female counterpart. It's the kind of music you want to listen to on a sunny day, when you're feeling good or on your front porch watching the sunset.” (Vail Daily)