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Discography

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"Her vocal inflections encompass you, a listener, with how demonstrative and expressive her delivery is, gravitating you to every segment of the lyrical content."

StreamLINE MUSIC

"Samsara has a million-dollar voice.  She reminds me of Reba McEntire."

The Fierce Female Network

“An elegant, expressive, and evocative body of work, with her sensational vocals taking centre stage across every track ... to provide a certain Kate Bush feel”

Cultural Reset 33.3RPM

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Biography

"Only a person who has lived an extraordinary life could write lyrics that touch so deeply,"

a listener recently told Samsara.

One could easily call Samsara's life extraordinary. She once sang backing vocals for the stars (Steve Winwood, Don Henley, Bryan Adams, Kenny Loggins). Today, she writes evocative relatable songs about her life, love, heartbreak, and her cats. Her richly-toned lavish voice spans several genres: pop, adult contemporary, country, rock, and jazz. She is frequently compared to female icons such as Steve Nicks, Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Jewel, Debby Harry and Reba McEntire.  

But perhaps it's the deep pain and incredible joys of her life that creates Samsara's beautiful songs and speak to your soul. Her sound is unique and captivating, drawing from a wide range of influences and emotions. Her lyrics are honest, her melodies memorable, and her performances powerful. Each song tells a story, capturing a moment in time and creating a space for you -- the listener -- to reflect on your own experiences.

Samsara with guitar and angel wings

Samsara swears that she does not actually write them herself -- she speaks of waking up with songs haunting her until she commits them to a recording.  No matter the source, the result is always something special.

Samsara as a child

Born in London, England, Samsara began to sing as a child with her father.  Music and cats were always her escape from the horrendous abuse of a wicked mother who told little Samsara "You are evil, insane, possessed of demons and have to die to save the world."  Her mother convinced Samsara she was ugly. (Today, her cover art features a photo of her face to counter those words.)

"Brits Out!"

Samsara's family moved to Ireland when she was 11.  She attended boarding school where the nuns ridiculed her English accent. The other kids hung her stuffed animals in her dorm room with notes attached to the hanging rope that said:  "Brits out" and "You're next."  (Does this explain her insistence to spell lyrics in the British fashion, such as her song "Favourite Mistake?") 

 

Even then, Samsara's captivating performances  and infectious energy resulted in classmates demanding the nuns put her on stage.  "I always knew I was good for something when I performed," she says.

When she was 15,  Samsara fronted her first cover band.  Later that year, her beloved father passed away suddenly.  Her mother remarried and life got worse.  Much worse.  Samsara was subjected to violent and sexual abuse at the hands of her stepfather and stepbrother.  At 16, she climbed out a window and ran away, never to return.  She worked her way through university.  Always around music, one of her odd jobs in university was at a record store.  (She calls it a record "shop" in "Strawberry Parfait.")

 

"A backpack full of hopes and dreams."

At 20, Samsara moved to the US with $200 and a backpack full of hopes and dreams. At 22, she was involved in a boating accident causing a brain injury that left her in a coma for 3 weeks. She has never driven due to a seizure disorder resulting from that injury.  When she awoke, she was briefly paralyzed on one side of her body. While in rehab, determined to walk, she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a singer. An unlikely audition set her on the road as a backing vocalist to Steve Winwood. 

 

"I was in the right place at the right time with the right look and sound," she claims. But when it came to making it as a solo artist, Samsara tells a different story. "There was already one Stevie Nicks and the industry didn't need another."  

 

She wrote a song called "Hero" for an indie movie. While helping a friend launch a restaurant, she was singing one of Bryan Adams' songs when the artist himself walked in and proferred his manager's business card.  That brought about another year on the road.  Alas, Samsara suffers from chronic autoimmune GI disorders which made it difficult to endure that life.  She returned to school to pursue an MBA and got a "real job." On weekends, she performed in wedding bands. She wrote a motivational book and toured as a motivational speaker.  She founded a very successful business.  Life was going well.  Then came more heartbreak and pain.

"It wasn't my fault."

In the haunting song "It Wasn't My Fault," Samsara sings about the "knight in shining armour rode up on a big white steed."  Unfortunately, he became her captor.  She tells of 7 long years where he rarely allowed her to speak, never mind sing.  When, as she describes in the song, he "almost took her breath of life," Samsara escaped.  She suffers from severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder which singing helps.  

A 4.5 year divorce found her fighting for her right to not reveal her new address to her abuser. Always the fighter, Samsara represented herself in an appeal that resulted in a landmark decision allowing domestic violence victims in address confidentiality programs to keep their addresses private. 

 

Eventually, she took the stage again with cover bands. However, it was a brain tumor, followed by another heartbreak,  and the loss of her beloved cat, "Socsana," that inspired her to release her music.  

Samsara released 20 singles and an EP album in less than a year. From award nominations to chart positions in Europe and iTunes, to half a million Spotify streams, one thing is clear:  Samsara's musical journey is just beginning.

 

If you listen to just one song, you will be hooked for life.  Become part of "Sam's Fam" and experience the magic of Samsara's music!

--Steve Michon​

"It Wasn't My Fault" song by Samsara cover art

Accomplishments

  • 500K+ total streams on Spotify

  • Without You” (single) 160k+ streams on Spotify

  • "Love Upside Down" (EP album) 125+ streams on Spotify

  • EP charted No. 36 in Germany on iTunes

  • Singles charted in Finland, Sweden & Germany

  • Nominated Best International Female Artist 2022 (UK)

Trivia

  • Samsara loves cats and her favourite colour is purple.

  • Musical influences include David Cassidy, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and Ella Fitzgerald.

  • Samsara is a published author and was a motivational speaker.

  • Samsara has 3 undergraduate degrees, an MBA and an Associate’s Degree in veterinary technology.    

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