Samantha Farrell is a sparkling young singer-songwriter who’s been criss-crossing the country and wowing audiences from the left to the right coast. It’s been a very good year for the Boston native who got her start in Los Angeles. Recently described by the Huffington Post as possessing "a liquor-honey voice, deft guitar work, and slightly melancholic tones that meld to form an aching and elegant aural tapestry," she's been reviewed by major music mags such as Relix, played for at-capacity venues across the country and New England, and independently released an album and EP this year, the former of which knocked Whitney Houston out of her number seven position on the national iTunes charts. An independent artist to the bone, she’s building something special, one show, one song, one fan at a time.
The daughter of an Irish American father and African American mother, she was born in Boston, and raised on a farm in rural Massachusetts where music was a constant part of the colorful fabric of her life. Influenced early on by old school soul, jazz and R&B as well as the likes of singer-songwriters such as Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell and James Taylor, Samantha has fused these genres into an eclectic style all of her own; a rootsy and soulful blend of urgent and catchy melodies, expressive lyrics and powerful acoustic guitar. Her music has been heard on several major network television shows (NBC's "Shark", CW's "One Tree Hill" & "Privileged") as well as numerous independent movies.
After graduating in 2005 from Bowdoin College, Farrell headed to Los Angeles, California where she became a staple on the singer-songwriter circuit. It was there that she was befriended by Dave Matthews Band founding member and saxophonist Leroi Moore. Moore immediately went in the studio with Samantha in the summer of 2008, producing the tracks that would become Luminous. Dave Matthews Band also welcomed Samantha to join the roster at the Mile High Music Festival in Denver.
LeRoi Moore died suddenly and unexpectedly in Los Angeles on August 19th, 2008. After Moore’s passing, Luminous was finally mixed and mastered according to notes that he had written from his hospital bed with Rob Evans on helm as engineer, Keith Van Tutt II on cello and piano, Cameron McLaughlin on bass, and Kyle Alexander on percussion. Upon release, Luminous, completely independently released, shot up the charts and peaked at #7 on the national pop iTunes charts. Farrell's voice and songwriting have impressed scores of new fans world wide, and critics alike; Relix Magazine wrote that her "elegant sophomore effort...showcases her prodigious and undulating vocals that are delivered with rare, swinging passion." Luminous was recently entered into the first round of 2010 Grammy nomination consideration.