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ABOUT

BORN AND RAISED

… in the wildfire-prone digs of Southern California, Samantha Stollenwerck has always drawn upon her West Coast origins to create her own style of lyrical pop music, a sound has landed her on bills with the likes of Dave Matthews Band and Ziggy Marley. Now in 2014, with a full passport and a new country code of residence, Germany, she has expanded her world view to make a record that tips it’s hat to the international realm.

“All the songs are about traveling. I backpacked through upwards of 30 countries in 2012 and wanted to use instruments or music I heard in different countries in the songs, like the balalaika, or Brazilian samba.“ Though she draws upon the world for inspiration on this record, the music is still Samantha’s brand of acoustic-driven pop that her fans know her for.

Samantha formed her first band in college at UC Berkeley, California, quickly gaining a loyal fanbase and support of KFOG radio, performing at venues such as the Fillmore and Shoreline Amphitheater. Samantha has toured extensively over the past decade and has graced the stages at festivals such as Bonnaroo, South by Southwest, Austin City Limits Music Festival and the Super Bowl.

Samantha’s most recent album titled “Carefree” was recorded in Los Angeles 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.” 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 for HBO Documentaries, Patagonia Music Collective and L*Space Swimwear. She has collaborated in the studio with artists such as Mark Foster (Foster the People) and G. Love (G. Love and Special Sauce) and is a member of Tallboys, an LA-based group comprised of the talent behind artists such as Alanis Morrissette, Pink, Stevie Nicks, Jellyfish and Madonna.

She is involved philanthropically with organizations in the US such as Surfrider and SYRV, a clean-water initiative which focuses on Nicaragua outreach. Recently she used a music video to fundraise for a school-building project in Laos with international education organization Pencils of Promise.

“Travel has deepened my outlook in so many ways. I was in Kurdistan, Russia, even Yemen! To see how these countries and cultures function firsthand made me much more compassionate and well-versed in global events. Most of all, I recognize how fortunate I am, and to not take life for granted.”

LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT A MAP OF THE WORLD

  • Click on the Song Map
  • for the Traveler's Songbook

7 CONTINENTS

Stepped foot on

42 COUNTRIES

Traveled through

23 SONGS

Written

5 PROGRAMS

Benefitted
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