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Samantha King

Samantha King in concert, Canada Day 2009
Background information
Birth name Samantha Erin King
Born March 27, 1985 (1985-03-27) (age 24)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Genres Country, rock, blues
Years active 2000 - present
Associated acts Raul Malo, Randy Bachman, Duane Steele, Lisa Brokop,Jann Arden, Ric Emmett, Alan Jackson, Doc Walker
Website www.samantha-king.com

Samantha King is a Performer, Recording Artist and Songwriter who has entertained audiences throughout North America and the Caribbean. She has performed for small intimate songwriting gatherings - all the way up to audiences as large as 80,000 people.

Specifically known for her powerful and melodic voice, she has been performing since her early teens. Primarily focusing on country music, she has also been known to perform rock, blues and folk music for a wide variety of audiences.

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Early years

Samantha King was born at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada to Wendy Woods and Phillip King. She lived in Edmonton until she was six years old, and then moved to Bruce, Alberta with her mother and brother after her parents separated. She has one older sister and one younger brother.

She received notoriety at the age of 13 when she was the youngest person ever to win the ‘Country Vocal Spotlight’ at the 1998 Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton, Alberta. When she was 14 years old she decided that she wanted to pursue a career in music, so she moved into the big city (Edmonton, Alberta) to live with her manager, Irma MacPherson.

Both Samantha's Mom and Grandma sing. Samantha’s grandmother is a Cousin of Hank Snow, who may have provided the genes for Samantha's amazing yodelling skills.

Music career

Samantha wrote her first song (I’m Just So Blue), while she was cleaning house, at the age of 13.

Samantha released her first album, ‘This is Forever’, during her high school grade 12 year in December 2003.

She was then given the opportunity by RCA Nashville to work alongside The Mavericks lead singer, Raul Malo. She has also worked with rock legend Randy Bachman (Bachman Turner Overdrive) and Buddy Cannon (Kenny Chesney’s Producer).

As an entertainer she’s performed on festival main stages with Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, Jann Arden, Sawyer Brown, The Oak Ridge Boys, Joe Nichols, Duane Steele, George Fox, Doc Walker, Charlie Major, Colin James, Honeymoon Suite and many more.

She has written songs with several of Nashville’s well known songwriters including Lisa Brokop (Artist), Tim Taylor (Jason McCoy), LuAnn Reid (Kenny Chesney), Eddie Schwartz (Hit Me With Your Best Shot), Ted Hewitt (Curb Music Producer), Joie Scott (Shania Twain) and many more.

In 2009, the day before she was to perform on the main stage at the Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose, Alberta, there was a large windstorm that collapsed the main stage - and caused the remainder of the four day concert to be cancelled.

As a make-up concert, Samantha opened for Tim McGraw on September 17, 2009[1] at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, singing a brand new song entitled "Let It Rain"[2]. Funds raised were donated to the Donna Moore fund providing for the family of the woman who died in the rainstorm[3].

Currently, she is performing in Nashville Icons, a musical theatre production at the Mayfield Inn, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Awards and nominations

Samantha’s accomplishments include:

  • ‘Country Vocal Spotlight’ winner at the 1998 Canadian Finals Rodeo (at age 13)
  • Juno Award Nominee
  • 2006 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) nomination[4] for Female Artist of the Year
  • Two-time CCMA Chevy Truck Rising Star Nominee[5]
  • Western Canadian Music Association (WCMA) nominee
  • Canadian Music Broadcasters Nominee for her single ‘The All Overs’
  • Won the grand prize in session one of the 2006 John Lennon Songwriting Contest (JLSC), in the category of best country song[6] (along with co-songwriter Ted Hewitt). She was the only Canadian winner in the 12 genre categories.

Charities and Fundraising

Samantha is involved in a number of charities, and frequently performs benefit concerts for a variety of worthwhile causes, including:

  • World Vision - she's been a World Vision Artist[7] supporter since 2006
  • Michael Cuccione Children's Health Foundation (which helps fundraise for the Alberta's Children's Stollery Foundation) - She has been an advocate and supporter of this organization since 2000[8]
  • Pilgrims Hospice Society Edmonton[9]

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References

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