Samantha Cole Biography
Last updated: 10/26/2001 01:37:25 AM
Samantha Cole's first self-titled album contains 3 songs produced by multi-Grammy award winning producer David Foster, a song written by the decade's most prolific Number 1 songwriter Diane Warren, and a duet with multi-platinum singer Richard Marx. Truly an impression line-up.
Samantha was born in Southampton, New York, and took music lessons when she was 12. A couple of years later, she started to sing with a band, and did national anthems at college football and basketball matches. When she was 16, she performed on MTV's "The Grind". Her big break came when she was a regular singer at New York's Tatou, where she was introduced to some EMI executives. Samantha did some demos for them and within 2 weeks, Universal Music CEO Doug Morris heard her songs, and signed her to his new label.
Musically influenced by the likes of Patsy Cline, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Toni Braxton and Bette Midler, Samantha's songwriting draws strongly on her recent experiences, belying a new found maturity and perception of the fragility of human emotion and relations. Her voice transcends the limitations of song, taking on a depth of emotion and insight which betrays her youth, and absorb the listener into her world. Her first new song "Journey", is dedicated to help the children of her hometown, through the United Way. "Journey" is a song which Samantha wrote herself. All her life, she knew what she wanted, to sing, and to help kids - with "Journey" she is able to do both. A moving and beautiful ballad, it conveys a heartfelt message of hope for the future. Today, in her spare time, she is writing and illustrating a children's book, also for the United Way.
Of course, she is still busy writing. She has co-written all the other songs, collaborating with seasoned writers. "Over the last two years I have grown and learned from everything I have been through. I feel my writing is influenced by what life has thrown at me the last two years. I'm taking my time with my second album to ensure quality, and to make sure it has something to say that's real and true."