Samantha Collard

Samantha Collard

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Indie darling Samantha Collard is being hailed as the 'nouveau Estero'. An infectious pop sensibility make this new kid on the block an artist to watch for in 2011.

Biography

www.myspace.com/samanthacollard

Toronto based singer songwriter Samantha Collard has been making her presence known this past year in pop/jazz music circles across this city and country. No stranger to Toronto’s music scene, Sam has stepped out of its shadows, demonstrating her determination to deliver her art out of the dank rooms of Toronto’s clubs where she performs regularly and into the larger public forum. The result, a recent surge in recognition for this talented artist.

Samantha has been honing her craft the past few years with industry heavy weights Ron Lopata (Jacksoul), Peter Prilesnik (Sarah Harmer)and Toni Rabalo (Joy Drop). This year, that work began to pay off as she won the title of runner up in the Mix 99.9 Radio Star song writing competition. She quickly followed that success with her debut performance at the first ever Sudbury Jazz Festival where she opened for headliner, Michael Kaeshammer.

Music arrived early in the life of Samantha Collard when at a very young age she saw the musical, Annie. Inspired by the magic and beauty of song on stage, Sam’s relentless journey into sound began. She discovered her parents record collection, fell in love with Judy Garland and Kate Bush and quickly informed her parents music was to be her life. She was 9 years old.

Today Sam’s sound can best be described as a mash up of the sassy sex appeal of the great jazz voices meets the dance focused carefree pop of the last decade. With influences ranging from the classic Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald to modern soul shapers Jill Scott and Annie Lennox.

Not one for pretention, she chats candidly about her inspiration for her new song ‘Little Black Coat’. “Little Black Coat is a metaphor for the thick skin I've had to build from being myself in a dog eats dogs world. As an artist, I'm sensitive to my surroundings and music allows me the freedom to express in sound how I feel about the world”.

On stage, her songs come to life with a performance that captures audiences of all generations and genres. Feminine, classy and enigmatic, one feels as though they are experiencing both a throwback to the 50’s and the emergence of a genre that somehow fills the hole in today’s pop music culture. Beautiful and strange, this artist delivers a genuine and magical connect that keeps her audience’s smiling and engaged.

Samantha is currently in L.A. writing and recording her debut EP.

Sarah Lamb- Hush Lamb Productions

Lyrics

Cigarette Love

Written By: Samantha Collard

According to love I can do no right
my heart it hurts for all the wrong guys
a loosing streak of stormy weather
it almost started aging me

Cigarette love and Bob Marley
keeping me company today
Cigarette love and Bob Marley
keeping me company today

the simple truth it stings my eyes
how can I fall for all wrong the guys
when all of these petals have fallen
will you still love me

Cigarette Love and Bob Marley
keeping me company today
Cigarette Love and Bob Marley
keeping me company today

now I stand here with the perfect view
of all that was and all that used to
be us but still all I want is you beside me now

Chorus out...

The Other Side

Written By: Samantha Collard

I know the way this story goes
The future blinding unfolds oh oh oh oh oh
All the things I wanted to let go
I just gave away
And the feeling it took hold like fate
Rushing in to say

Come on over to the other side
Ba da da da da da da da da da da
Hey little darling prends ta valise

I feel your pain
Believe me as I pave the way
To brighter possibilities oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Lock the door and throw away the key
You’ve got company
Gonna take a holiday and be a soul shaker be a soul shaker be a soul

Come on over to the other side
Ba da da da da da da da da da da
Hey little darling prends ta valise

Laisse tombé tous ce qui te retiens ici
Laisse toute les choses qui t’apartienne
Et viens viens avec mois
Je ne sais pas ou on vas
Mais crois en mois

Come on over to the other side
Ba da da da da da da da da da da
Hey little darling prends ta valise
Come on over to the other side
Ba da da da da da da da da da da
Hey little darling prends ta valise

Discography

Samantha will be releasing her first EP Spring 2011.

Set List

Set:
1. Six More Days
2. Forbidden Fruit
3. Ubercool
4. Beautiful and Strange
5. I'm so lucky
6. Little Black Coat
7. If you asked me
8. Bitter Heart
9. Nine lives
10. Wonder Wall

45 minutes

Someday
Lie
Wait

1 hour set