Samantha Stollenwerck

Samantha Stollenwerck


"Cali Soul" songstress who blends pop, jam, soul, americana, and folk with finely crafted songs and a charismatic onstage style. Samantha tours with her backing band The Ritual and will play anything from radio ready pop songs to instrumental jams, freestyling to live drum n bass on any given night.


San Francisco emerging artist Samantha Stollenwerck is introducing herself and her sound in 2005 with her debut album Square One. A California native, Samantha has coined the phrase “Cali Soul,” defining her sound as a unique blend of soulful pop rock. Some would say her music is “sweet as tulepo honey.” Samantha is the package deal, voice, beauty, style and charisma.

Samantha picked up the guitar on the beaches of San Diego in high school, influenced by the surf punk scene that dominated the North County. Samantha now plays and tours with a 5 piece backing band in addition to taking the road as a solo artist. She delivers sexy, delightfully raw, mellifluous pop and soul.

Samantha honed her roots from musical influences like Paul Simon, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Robert Plant and Led Zeppelin, Warren Haynes, Chris Robinson, Peter Tosh, John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, James Taylor, “These are voices that always affect me, no matter what time of day, I’m inspired.”

Samantha is garnering recognition for her newest album and is being called the “next voice of California”. Her ability to improvise on stage allows her to transcend boundaries of her pop-sounding songs and enter the realm of jam. “I can’t resist a good jam. I never studied music which explains my rough around the edges-ness and raw delivery but I like it that way - it keeps me honest.”

Samantha’s music has been featured on several music samplers, including the 2004 Superfly New Orleans Jazzfest Sampler, the 2004 Bonnaroo Music Festival Sampler as well as the JC Penny back to school sampler CD. Her album is currently featured in Tower Records as well as nationally in Independent Record Stores

Recently signed to Red Light Management, home to Dave Matthews Band, Trey Anastasio, John Butler Trio, Los Lobos, and many more..
Festivals: High Sierra Music Festival, South by Southwest, Austin City Limits Music Festival, New Orleans Jazzfestival, Dave Matthews Caribbean Cruise


-"Square1" released May 3, 2005
"No Time Left on Earth"- Rondo Brothers
- EP to-be-released Spring 2004
-"Icicles" released on Bonnaroo Sampler June 2004
-"Frank Sinatra" single release on Superfly Jazzfest sampler April 2004
-"Come in out of the Rain" single released March 2003 with special guest Bernie Worrell (Parliament Funkadelic song).

Set List

Our set list can span from 1-4 hours, with up to 3 sets. Covers and Originals
Some original songs:
Missed the Sunset
Don't You Know
Frank Sinatra
Aesop's Fables
I Can Be Isis
Quand J'ai Trouve L'Amour
Her Style (Diamonds)
Thousands of Ways
Party Life
Happily Married Man
Square 1
Anything for That
2 Days

Some cover songs:
Baby I Love You (Aretha Franklin)
Livin for the City (Stevie Wonder)
Burning Down the Hoouse (Talking Heads)
Jesus, Etc. (Wilco)
Bridge Over Troubled Water
I'll Fly Away
If You Want Me To Stay (Sly and the Family Stone)
Nobody's Fault But Mine (Nina Simone)
Into the Mystic (Van Morrison)
Soulshine (Allman Brothers)
Red Hot Mama (Parliament)
Take Me to the River (Robert Palmer)
Stop That Train (Peter Tosh)
Drift Away
Jeff Buckley