Bursting onto the scene, NYC-born Samantha Leah brings a unique presence to the pop music world with a mix of powerful vocals, meaningful lyricism, and a divine feminine prowess that cannot be ignored. Let's have a chat!
- So firstly, how would you describe your sound?
I am a musical theater nerd, 2000’s r&b harmony-influenced, hip-hop loving, jazz music-obsessed, former rave girl with a passion for writing meaningful lyrics. I put a soulful spin on pop songs. Sometimes I write in a really savage, in-your-face-way, and sometimes I write from a broken, confused place. Whatever the case, it’s always authentic, and it always reflects the state of mind I was in when I wrote it. Nine times out of ten, I perceive each hardship I write about from a positive point of view which is, again, a reflection of my perception of life! - What’s a typical day in the studio like for you?
I don’t really have a conventional way of recording in the studio. I typically work with my producer who lives very far from me and we exchange ideas. I will then write a song to a very simple melody he writes (usually with a guitar). My favorite places to write are while driving and while walking. When I drive, I freestyle into voice memos on my phone. When it’s time to record, I record myself in my home studio, then send the stems to my producer. It’s quite the process because we go back and forth with one another, but it’s always worth it! - Do you have to be in a certain mood to write a song?
I actually don’t have to be in a certain mood to write a song. I can get into my writing mode pretty much at any time I want. 99% of the time, I feel inspired to create. - Who are your three biggest musical inspirations?
Three inspirations off the top of my head are: Beyoncé, Amy Winehouse, and Billie Holiday. - Who is the best band you've ever seen play live?
The best band I’ve ever seen live is Die Antwoord. - What’s the toughest part of the industry for you?
For me, the toughest part of the music industry used to be feeling like I had to fit into what was currently “in” but, honestly, I don’t really feel that way anymore these days. I actually feel like having a unique sound makes me stand out more. - What’s the most enjoyable part of the industry?
The most enjoyable part of the music industry for me is the creative process. I love writing and I absolutely love creating ideas for visuals. I love seeing an idea that was in my mind come to life. - What’s in store for you for the rest of 2021?
I have a lot of travel and creative plans in the next few months! I will be traveling to Spain for a month to write an album with my producer, and I am incredibly excited for this experience.