[This is one of a series of profiles on our CARA award ceremony presenters]
WHO: Samantha Schultz
AWARD: Best High School Album
Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Samantha Schultz is 21 years old. She began singing and playing acoustic guitar at a young age. Samantha writes her own lyrics and music, and having been influenced by the likes of Jonny Lang, India Arie, Sheryl Crow and Justin Nozuka, Schultz has created her own unique sound, which appeals to ages of all types. Samantha has performed at numerous music festivals across Canada. She adds to her credits opening for such artists as Ryan Cabrera, Livingston Taylor, Kyle Riabko, Gaye Delorme, and Jennifer Warnes. In February 2009, Samantha opened for Schuyler Fisk and Ben Taylor at the famed El Mocambo club in Toronto, Canada.
Samantha has been nominated for multiple awards, such as the “Young Performer of the Year” at the Canadian Folk Music Awards in November 2006, and the Stantec Youth Award in 2007 and 2009. In July 2011, Samantha released her sophomore album, Ink To Paper: a follow-up CD to her 2006 debut release, Both Sides. In January of 2012, Schultz was a featured artist in the Close Encounters: Helsinki and St. Petersburg Music Festival, where she took part in the international songwriting/collaboration band. Schultz performed her original music at multiple venues in Helsinki, Finland, and in St. Petersburg, Russia. Samantha has almost completed her junior year at Berklee College of Music in Boston, on the generous Gary Slaight Family Scholarship: a full-ride scholarship. Samantha has performed at Cafe 939′s The Red Room, the Berklee Performance Centre in various Berklee College of Music productions, and has taken part in many other on-campus performances.
In 2009, Samantha was one of four students chosen to be a part of Berklee’s premiere, award-winning, co-ed a cappella group, Pitch Slapped. Since her acceptance into Pitch Slapped, Schultz has become one of the pillar arrangers in the group, and was elected as the Assistant Musical Director in the fall of 2011. Samantha has taken part in the 2010 ICCA Finals, where they placed 2nd, the 2011 ICCA Finals, where the group placed first, and can also be heard on the group’s first self-titled EP, as a soloist and background vocalist. Pitch Slapped’s most recent accomplishments are placing first in the SoJam 2011 Competition, and their first tour in down the California coast. Currently, Schultz is heavily involved in the recording of Pitch Slapped’s highly anticipated, full-length album. Samantha will be continuing into next year as Pitch Slapped’s Musical Director, and has huge hopes and goals for the group in her senior year of college. Samantha is very excited to be attending her first CARA Awards as a presenter, and as a representative of Pitch Slapped. She is looking forward to sharing this special event with her a cappella colleagues, and hoping to gain more knowledge of a world that she loves very dearly. She wishes good luck to the BOSS competitors, and to the CARA nominees.