Born and raised in Edmonton, Samantha Schultz is 19 years old and graduated in June 2009 from the Victoria School of Performing and Visual Arts. She began singing at the age of 3 and has playing the guitar since she was 11. Samantha writes her own lyrics and music and has a subject range far exceeding her years.
She has had many opportunities to showcase her talents by entering local competitions and playing at open stages, as well as The Northern Lights and Full Moon Folk clubs in Edmonton and at the Nickelodeon in Calgary. In February 2009, Samantha opened for Schuyler Fisk and Ben Taylor at the famed El Mocambo club in Toronto, Canada. Samantha has also recently performed at Cafe 939's The Red Room, as well as the Berklee Performance Centre, backing one of the school's Voice faculty members, Jeannie Gagné, on vocals and guitar, as well as in Singer's Night - one of Berklee College of Music's biggest productions.
Samantha was a featured performer at the Vancouver Island Musicfest and was also honored to be asked to perform as a “Tweener” at the 2005 Edmonton Folk Music Festival, as well as in 2007, where she was included in the U-22. Samantha has now performed twice at the Calgary Parkland Summer Solstice Festival, once at the 2009 Kelowna Arts and Music Festival, as well as the 2009 Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival, where she was featured in the Sirius Satellite "Six Pack," including artists such as Serena Ryder, Sam Roberts, Bedouin Soundclash, Sierra Noble and Elliott Brood.
She adds to her credits opening for such artists as Ryan Cabrera, Kyle Riabko (starring in HAIR! The Musical), Ruthie Foster, Lynn Miles, Gaye Delorme, Doug Cox and Sam Hurrie, and Jennifer Warnes.
In November of 2006, Samantha was the youngest nominee in the category of “Young Performer of the Year” at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. In 2007 and 2009, Samantha was a nominee at the Mayor’s Evening for the Arts in the category of the Stantec Youth Artist Award.
Samantha is currently attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, on the generous Gary Slaight Family Scholarship.