“Absolutely wonderful!” – Anita Baker
Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Samantha Schultz is 20 years old and graduated in June 2009 from the Victoria School of Performing and Visual Arts. She began singing at the age of 3 and has been playing the guitar since she was 11. With only 3 years total of lessons in voice and guitar, Schultz became a passionate and hard-working self-taught musician. Samantha wrote her first song at 13 and continues to grow in her lyrics and music, which has a subject range far exceeding her years. At the age of 16, Schultz released her first album, Both Sides, consisting of 12 original songs.
She has had many opportunities to showcase her talents by entering local competitions and playing at open stages since the age of 9, and graduated to folk clubs as an opening act at the age of 13. Samantha has performed at numerous music festivals across Canada, most notably the 2006, 2008, and 2011 Edmonton Folk Music Festival and the 2009 Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Music Festival, where she was featured in the Sirius Satellite “Six Pack,” including notable Canadian artists such as Serena Ryder, Sam Roberts, Bedouin Soundclash, Sierra Noble and Elliott Brood.
In November of 2006, Samantha was the youngest nominee in the category of “Young Performer of the Year” at the 2nd Annual Canadian Folk Music Awards. In 2007 and 2009, Samantha was a nominee in the Edmonton Mayor’s Evening for the Arts in the category of the Stantec Youth Artist Award. In 2010, Samantha received a provincial award in her hometown at the Carl Benito’s Eagle Awards of Excellence. She was the provincial-wide recipient of the “Outstanding Student of 2010” award.
She adds to her credits opening for such artists as Ryan Cabrera, Livingston Taylor, Kyle Riabko, Ruthie Foster, Gaye Delorme, and Jennifer Warnes. In February 2009, Samantha opened for Schuyler Fisk and Ben Taylor at the famed El Mocambo club in Toronto, Canada.
Samantha is halfway through her sixth semester at Berklee College of Music in Boston, on the generous Gary Slaight Family Presidential Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded every year to one Canadian student that auditions for Berklee. Samantha was one of four students chosen to be a part of Berklee’s only contemporary co-ed a cappella group, Pitch Slapped, in 2009. In the spring of 2011, she was elected to become the assistant musical director of the group. Samantha will continue her leadership duties in the fall of 2012 as the musical director. Pitch Slapped has won prestigious awards in Samantha’s time in the group, such as 2nd place at the 2010 ICCA Finals, 1st place at the 2011 ICCA Finals, and 1st place at the 2011 SoJam A Cappella Festival. She continues to perform with the group regularly, and will be featured on Pitch Slapped’s upcoming full-length album as an arranger, and a background and lead vocalist.
Samantha has performed at Cafe 939’s The Red Room in Boston numerous times for Berklee’s 1st and 2nd Annual Canada Night, the Fresh Prospects Series, and for multiple outside events. She has also been seen at the Berklee Performance Centre as a featured performer in the Fall 2009 edition of Singer’s Night as a background vocalist, the Spring 2010 edition of Singer’s Night as a featured vocalist, the Spring and Fall 2011 Showcase Callbacks, the Spring 2011 Great American Songbook: Sounds of Nashville as a soloist, the Spring 2012 Great American Songbook: Music of Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer with Pitch Slapped.
Samantha was hand-selected to perform at the 17th and 18th Annual Berklee Encore Gala, where she was a featured musician in the Singer/Songwriter Room, both as a soloist and with Pitch Slapped. In Spring 2011, Samantha was one of ten vocalists selected to be a part of the critically acclaimed Tower of Power ensemble in the spring of 2011, and is in her third semester of taking part in the group. She has also been seen at David Friend Recital Hall, performing and speaking for prospective Berklee students during the Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 audition months. Samantha has been asked to take part in various MP&E projects, outside projects bands, and co-writing sessions since her first semester here at Berklee. Samantha continues to thrive daily in her musical life at Berklee.
Samantha released her sophomore album, Ink To Paper, in July 2011, and is seeing successful results. In the fall of 2012, Samantha was nominated for “Blues Album of the Year” and “Female Artist of the Year” for the 2nd Annual Edmonton Music Awards, and will be hearing the results in April 2012. Schultz is looking forward to performing at music festivals across Canada this coming summer, to promote her new album and to expand her listening audience and musical network.
Experience & Education
Vocalist for Berklee's Tower of Power EnsembleJanuary 2011 to Present (over 9 years)
Alto/Assistant Music Director for Pitch Slapped: Co-Ed A Cappella GroupSeptember 2009 to Present (over 10 years)
Founder for Samantha Schultz MusicJanuary 2003 to Present (over 17 years)
MIDI Editor for Regional Maple Leaf Communications Inc.June 2011 to August 2011 (2 months)
I worked in Logic, editing MIDI tracks that will be used to create a songwriting software.
Student Musician/Embassador for Close Encounters: Helsinki & St. PetersburgJanuary 2012 to January 2011 (about a year)
I travelled to Helsinki, Finland and St. Petersburg, Russia, to take part in one of the international songwriting project bands, as well as to perform my own original music at multiple venues in both cities.
BA in Professional Music at Berklee College of Music2009 to 2013 (4 years)