"Seeking a wonderful kind talented motivated acoustic guitarist pref a multi instrumentalist that is a Pop guy - my stuff is Synth Pop Electronica - I know there have to be some cool folks in Nashvegas that are like Goldfrapp, La Roux, Imogen Heap,…"
Singer / Songwriter Samantha Newark and producer Dave Polich have joined forces on a long-distance recording project from Music City to Los Angeles that looks to become one of the most compelling Snyth/Pop/Electronica records in recent memory. Samantha's original music is inspired by the glittery aesthetic of Goldfrapp, the deep melodies of artists like Portishead, and the songwriting ethos of Imogen Heap, her upcoming record will soon serve as the fuel for pulsing heartbeats in clubs and home stereos across the world. With Samantha's top notch writing prowess and vocal skills and Polich's steller production skills it was the perfect fit; his vast experience in sound design includes work with artists like Michael Jackson, David Foster and Freddie Ravel. Samantha Newark has had a similarly prolific career. This sexy and delicious new Synth/pop/electronica record draws from all of her diverse professional and artistic experiences.
It is difficult to explain the full scope of Samantha Newark's musical career. Sam, as her fans know her, gained significant traction as the voice of Jerrica and her alter-ego Jem from the cartoon series Jem and the Holograms. However, this English-born and American-raised singer's professional career began at 7 years of age in Africa. After her impressive voice caught the attention of industry professionals, she cut her first country record and began touring Africa with other established artists. Her first flirtation with music industry stardom even allowed her to sing before the Prime Minister of South Africa.
At 10, Sam moved to the United States, signed with ICM, and began touring state fairs, sharing the stage with artists like Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton. During this period, she fronted an 18-piece orchestra playing in grand big band style. Sam also was a featured vocalist with the 65-piece Los Angeles Pops Orchestra and starred as Annie in a special production of the musical by the same name put on by the US Navy band in Washington, DC.
As a teenager, Sam became one of the most sought-after voice-over talents in mainstream television. Her work on popular cartoons like Jem and the Holograms and The Transformers thrust her into a type of international fame that produced a cult following that persists to this day. She played the voice of Peter Pan's mother in the Steven Spielberg film Hook. Presently, Sam maintains a rapport with fans of Jem and the Holograms by appearing and performing at pop-culture festivals all over the world.
As she grew into adulthood, Samantha Newark explored her love of songwriting. She was chosen to attend ASCAP's Lester Sill Songwriter's Workshop where she trained under Michelle Shocked, Jackson Browne, and Matthew Wilder. Her knack for songwriting bore tangible fruit; her songs have been licensed to many popular television programs. Listeners may recognize her voice from songs on top shows like Gossip Girl, Smallville, 10 Things I Hate About You, America's Next Top Model, The Ellen Show, Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami, Vampire Diaries, Laguna Beach, My Super Sweet Sixteen, and Punked. Her unique singing performances can also be heard in blockbuster video games such as Twisted Metal: Black, God of War, Everything or Nothing, and Wild Arms 3. In addition, she served as a backup vocalist for Leonard Cohen for a special project in late 2006 and released a self-titled debut solo record in May 2008 that was licensed by MTV.
Samantha Newark currently lives in Nashville, TN where she is in post production on her soon to be released 2011 album. A title and specific release details are forthcoming. In addition to the countless fans who have followed her career after discovering her voice on programs like Jem and the Holograms, a growing community of supporters anxiously awaits her latest opus – a shimmering and sensual electronica-dance-pop record that will reinvigorate discotheques on every continent. Stay tuned. While Samantha Newark has doubtlessly had plenty of success in the past, this is but the beginning.
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