San Francisco, California, USA
BandPopAdult Contemporary

The attitude and angst of Fiona Apple, the rock and flair of Garbage


Volary is the work of Australian-born singer/songwriter, Samantha. When she moved to San Francisco in 2001 to pursue a scientific career, she did not play any instruments. However, the discovery of a city bursting with the artistic intimacy and honesty of singer/songwriters was the inspiration for her to say: “OK, nobody’s ever going to write the songs that I hear until I learn to play the guitar and write them myself.”

Samantha muses about her debut album (‘Out of Shadows’): “You might compare it to a sculpture of delicate flowers made out of barbed wire.” The album takes flight through a land of mixed human emotions. Most of the songs delve into the darker sides of the human psyche, but as in a chiaroscuro, there is always light again. This dichotomy, yet juxtaposition of elements is an apt parallel to the name Volary; an obscure English term defined as a flight or flock of birds, or the cage you keep them in.

‘Out of Shadows,’ not only earned a 5 star review from Muzikreviews.com, but was also named their ‘Pick of the Week’ (Dec 4, 2010). As a further testament to the strength of the album, the single ‘Blackbird Fly’ was chosen as ‘Song of the Week’ by MSI: Music Scene Investigations (April 17, 2011; msi.icweekly.net/sotw).

Samantha often performs with Sam Mollica (bass) and other special guests. Along with drummer, Josh Jones, the band won the San Francisco heat of the 2011 Battle for America (a national Battle of the Bands). Shortly thereafter, they were selected as part of the R Life LIVE! music roster. Other highlights of 2011 included being nominated for the 2011 Best Artist of the Year Award by MSI: Music Scene Investigations, and the viral success of the Cat Christmas Song music video.


Out of Shadows - album