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 formed her first band in college at U.C. Berkeley, California, quickly gaining a loyal fanbase and support of San Francisco’s KFOG radio, performing at venues such as the Fillmore and Shoreline Amphitheater. Samantha toured extensively over the past decade, nurturing her fan base and playing stages across the US, festivals, South by Southwest, Super Bowl XIV and internationally. Her record “Square One,” recorded in Northern California on In the Pocket Records, features members of funk outfit Galactic and to this day remains a fan favorite.
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 independently-lead. She was one of the first female artists a la Amy Mann to capitalize on the independent record business model of the 2000s.
Most recently, she recorded "Traveler's Songbook" in Germany, after traveling around the world with her husband and writing songs throughout various countries. The album merges ethnomusicological influences such as the balalaika or Brazilian samba, paying homage to the incredible contributions of music on our planet.
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 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), Bernie Worell (Parliament-Funkadelic, Talking Heads), 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. and abroad such as Surfride and Patagonia, and internationally, Every Mother Counts and Musicians Without Borders, bringing music into conflict zones to help heal the affects of war.
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