Samantha Stollenwerck Biography
Samantha, a California native, formed her first band in college 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, Austin City Limits Music Festival and Super Bowl 2010 Pre-Game.
Samantha's most recent album titled "Carefree" was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Jeff Trott, and reflects the characteristically thoughtful yet joyous outlook on life that her fans know her best for. "This record was a breakthrough for me personally; I decided to start my own label so I could release it independently, which was very empowering for me as an artist. It gave me the creative freedom to really shine in the studio and record songs that resonated with the moment, lyrically and melodically. Jeff and the incredible team we built to make this record also raised the bar for me, so its a maturing milestone."
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. 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", and rounded out her record by bringing in Grammy Award winning mixer, Manny Marroquin (Alicia Keyes, Usher, Kanye West).
Samantha's songs have been featured on TV shows such as One Tree Hill and Comedy Central's Nick Swardson's Pretend Time, and has found a niche writing songs for film, brands and causes spanning HBO Documentaries, Patagonia Music Collective and L*Space Swimwear.
Samantha recently collaborated in the studio with artists such as G. Love and Mark Foster of Foster the People and is a member of Tallboys, an LA-based writing group comprised of the talent behind artists such as Alanis Morrissette, Pink, Stevie Nicks, Jellyfish and Madonna.
She continues to be pro-active in her community, collaborating with local and international organizations such as Surfrider and SYRV, a clean-water initiative which focuses on Nicaragua outreach. In 2012 Samantha plans to travel the world and take her music with her. Be on the lookout for new collaborations and releases from abroad and domestically.