Samantha Stollenwerck is a recording artist & songwriter from California. Her unique style of soulful pop music, coined "Cali Soul" by her fans, landed her on bills with the likes of Dave Matthews Band and Ziggy Marley and on stages such as Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits Music Festival. Through grassroots touring and a fierce DIY spirit, Samantha paved the way for independent singer-songwriters during the pre-streaming music era.
Samantha picked up the guitar growing up on the beaches of San Diego's north county, and began writing songs inspired by Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon. Before she could muster three chords on her acoustic, she started performing at coffee shops up & down the coast after school (mom dropping her off before she could drive). She formed her first band in college at U.C. Berkeley, California, quickly gaining a loyal fanbase and support of KFOG radio, performing at venues such as the Fillmore and Shoreline Amphitheater. Samantha toured extensively over the past decade, nurturing her musical community and performing on stages across the US, festivals, South by Southwest, Super Bowl XIV and internationally.
Samantha’s last stateside 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).
"Carefree" was released on her own imprint, Dusty Peach Records, during the sea change from major label representation to a more independent control of artists' careers. She was one of the first female artists at that time, i.e., Aimee Mann to capitalize on the independent record business model instead of going the more traditional, major label route.
Most recently, she recorded "Traveler's Songbook" in her new European country of residence, Germany, after traveling around the world with her husband and writing songs in various countries and cultures. The album attempts to bring in ethnomusicological influences from her travels. “I backpacked through upwards of 30 countries in and wanted to use instruments or music I heard in different regions in the songs, like the balalaika, the Fado guitar style, or Brazilian samba rhythms.“
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.
Her 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 such as HBO Documentaries, Patagonia Music Collective and L*Space Swimwear. She has collaborated in the studio with artists 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 U.S. such as Surfrider, Patagonia and SYRV, a clean-water initiative which focuses on Nicaragua outreach. She used a music video to fundraise for a school-building project in Laos with international education organization Pencils of Promise.
Today in Germany she is writing children's music (in both English and German) and teaches music to children displaced from the war in Syria.