Samantha feat. on Right the Stars “The Only Thing” out Today!

I had the pleasure of working with Rich Jacques of Right the Stars in Los Angeles, we wrote and recorded a song called “Don’t Let Me Go to Sleep.”  included in his album released today! Check it out, and for our song, it’s track 9 (in iTunes)

“This mesmerizing collaboration with Jeff Trott and Samantha Stollenwerck, takes the modern Americana those artists are known for and transforms it into an ethereal, pulsing electronic mantra to stay awake in the moment.”

Check it out!

Best of Bardentreffen- Vote

I was included in the “Best of Bardentreffen” with some incredible world music acts like Noa from Israel, Saharan singer Aziza Brahim, and Carmen Souza from Cape Verde. If you saw the show, you can vote under the photo!


A few Photos from the Bardentreffen Festival

More photos on the Facebook Page


Riff from a Rocking Chair

In the studio in Germany/ Ins Studio in Deutschland

Hi Friends! Below you can get a taste of my amazing German:) So happy to say that I’ve gotten into the studio here in Germany, at a great space in Fürth called Streetlife Studios. Although the songs are in English, we are speaking German during the sessions which as you can imagine makes for some pretty interesting dialogue:)

The songs were all written during my Round-the-World trip in 2012 and are a combination of world sounds and instruments… from Africa to Brazil, to other countries that I had the opportunity to visit. The songs are based around the concept of ‘travel’- physically and spiritually, and to utilize musical influences from the actual regions themselves has been a real joy.

Really excited to share them with you soon!

And now, in German… :)

Hallo Freunde! Ich bin glücklich, dass ich endlich hier ins Tonstudio bin! Das studio heißt Streetlife, einen wunderbar Platz in Fürth. Wir reden in Deutsch während der Sitzungen, welche Lustig ist (die wie Sie sich vorstellen können, macht für einige ziemlich interessante Dialog. Oder, vielleicht muss ich ein Lied in Deutsch schreiben:)

Die Songs wurden während meiner “Runde- die-Welt” Reise im Jahr 2012 geschrieben und sind eine Kombination aus Welt Einflüsse und Instrumente … from Afria zu Brazil, und anderen Länder und Einflüsse. Ich freue mich auf den Austausch mit Ihnen!


Happy New Year!


Rwandan Singers from Samantha Stollenwerck on Vimeo.

Hey hey, Friends and Happy New Year!

Wow, it was a wild year in every way, and completely opposite of what I ever could have imagined. I moved to Germany, got married, and can actually speak some Deutsch, albeit horribly :) I’m also finally getting into the studio over here! Now that I know “more cowbell” in German (“mehr Kuhglocke”) it’s much easier for me to communicate with musicians and studios here. For me, learning the native language was essential to the process.

The music I’m putting together is a new endeavor, it is inspired by the experience of travel, also the beautiful, sometimes forgotten people and instruments that I heard on my Round-the-World trip from 2012.

I really appreciate everyone who has kept in touch over the past few years. I was never really cut out for rockstardom, and am so, so much happier being a student of life. But yeah, I am pretty thrilled to get into the studio and work with musicians over here in Europe. Let’s see what happens.

In the meantime, here is a very short clip of what New Years Day was like for me, watching a group of Rwandan singers and dancers perform in the Northern part of Rwanda. It’s enough time to sense the joy in these girls and boys’ dancing and singing. It’s amazing to see how this country has recovered from the unimaginable genocide in 1994, and how the people there were able to forgive. Just one of the many ways that Africa rocked my world.

till the next time!

Demos Done! Happy Holidays!

Songs finished, demos done and waayyyy too much espresso consumed :) Actually, that’s what I love about Europe. Never too much espresso! Michael and I are headed to East Africa for our honeymoon, I’m so excited to check out the people, the wildlife, and yes, the music :)

See you in 2014!
Much Love,

Throwback Thursday

A few goodies in the bin. Wishing everyone a warm December!


Above, Playing at Super Bowl, Dallas, TX


Sundance Film Festival, Park City, UT

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Recording “Carefree” at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA with this incredible team.

Plans… #2014

Congratulations! We Helped Build a School.

Congratulations to the fans & friends out there who helped build a school in Laos! From your donations, songs downloads and support, we were able to raise enough money to help finish the Phouluang Tai Pre and Primary School with the organizations Pencils of Promise. This school is in an extremely remote area and difficult to access, so the opportunity to bring education for kids here was so welcomed.

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It feels good to help. I know there is so much to focus on in our own turf, let alone the rest of the planet, but this small movement cast a huge light on a place in the world that, through my travels, saw would not be squandered. We know the profound the the impact of education, and with organizations like PoP on the ground working with the communities, the follow-through is there.

It’s the intention that you all put out and that’s what promotes change, even through a tiny little school in the outback of Laos. You changed a lot kids’ lives today. You Rock. xoSamantha

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