SAMANTHA is an accomplished performing ASCAP writer, who's original songs and stellar vocals can currently be heard on such hit TV shows as the CW's "Gossip Girl," "Life Is Wild," also MTV's "Laguna Beach," "Punked," "My Super Sweet Sixteen" and ABC’s “10 Things I Hate About You.” Sam has also written, sung and placed original songs for the Warner Telepictures and ABC ﬁlm and television library’s with her song “See You Never” released March 2009 on the new WB Telepictures Music (Volume 1) “Think Inside The Box.” Sam has also leant her versatile vocals to Sony Playstation and Electronic Arts huge hits "God of War," "Twisted Metal Black," "Wild Arm's 3," and “Everything Or Nothing” and has the distinction of being invited to join the Esteemed Leonard Cohen circle, embarking on an exciting project as one of his two backup vocalists for a project in late 2006. A powerhouse singer, writer and live performer, currently residing in Nashville TN, Sam continues to grow and explore her georgous sonic landscape on her brand new self titlted Pop/Electronica CD that has just been licensed in it’s entirety to MTV. Add accomplished Voice-Over Artist with an international following for her nominated animation work as the lead on the smash cartoon series "JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS" guest staring roles on “THE TRANSFORMERS” and her work as the British voice of a young Peter Pan’s mother in Steven Spielberg’s feature ﬁlm “HOOK” Sam looks forward to continuing to lend her Vocal, Voice-Over and Song-Writing prowess to many more exciting projects to come. Be sure to catch Samantha Saturday, October 17 at the 2009 Comic and Horror Festival in Nashville, TN. For some TRULY OUTRAGEOUS info on Samantha, be sure to visit: http://www.samanthanewark.com.
1. Who inspired you to become a performer? When I was a little kid living in South Africa, I was introduced to this child star from Scotland named Lena Zavaroni. I knew from the tips of my toes and all of my being that I wanted to sing and have a career in show business. She was a huge inspiration and the idea of following in her footsteps lit me up from the inside.
2. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? I would love to do guest vocals on a Massive Attack album and maybe something live with them too. It would be so amazing to work with those guys.
3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I can sing the names of all 50 states in alphabetical order.
4. What is the weirdest thing you've read about yourself and where did you read it? At school someone slipped a note in my locker and told me I had a big ass and then put hearts and kisses. I guess it was a compliment, but I never knew who wrote it and if they were being mean or liked me. Nothing weird has been written that I know about in the press so far.
5. Favorite website? I'm kind of addicted to Facebook right now and I love to Google random stuff.
6. Favorite musician/singer? For me, Annie Lennox, Cyndi Lauper, and k.d. Lang are three of m y favorite singers and performers. I'm a fan of so many different genre's of music. The CD's that happen to be in my car right now are Lady Gaga, Goldfrapp, & Madonna. I have a super long list of musicians I'm a fan of on my Myspace page from The Raconteurs to Ricky Lee Jones to Nine Inch Nails.
7. Favorite TV Show Theme Song? The "Jem" theme song of course :)
8. Favorite kind of shoes? I'm all about the high heels, if I could get away with wearing them to work out in I would. I love the whole platform look that is in right now, much easier to last in and I LOVE, LOVE BOOTS!!!!
9. Favorite pastime? I'm a bonafied porch monkey, any excuse to hang out with people I love and sit on the back deck with some red wine or a chocolate martini. I also love those days when it's raining and you have no place in particular that you have to be and you can just sit in bed with the window open a little and hear the rain and watch a marathon of "Law & Order: SVU" or "America's Next Top Model."
10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman, I'm all about girl power.
11. If you couldn't be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? I’m fascinated by the paranormal and secrets of ancient cultures and religions and science. I’m a fan of George Norry and Coast to Coast so I would focus my studies on delving deeper into that world of mystery. Not sure how that would manifest as an actual career, but a path along those lines would be fulfilling to me.
12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Depends what I’m in the mood for, earthly dreams about yummy men or something more magical, spiritual, and deep. I’m all about balance, so a bit of both please.