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Who is Samantha Nova?
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Making music is the goal. Samantha has been songwriting and singing as a hobby since she was 10. Her 5th grade music teacher told her she had a great voice when she tried out for the their elementary production of The Wizard of Oz. Needless to say, a 6th grader got the part. But that didn’t stop her new found direction in life, she knew that music was her passion and she wasn’t going to give up until she at least tried. Later that year she started to dive deeper into her music interests.. The first albums to grab her attention were part of her older sister’s collection. They included artists like Lil Kim, Mary J Blige, SWV, Puff Daddy and Mark Morrison’s ‘Return of the Mack’. A couple of her favourite vocalists were Brandy and Mariah Carey. The first music video she was exposed to was Notorious B.I.G.'s Hypnotize on the Canadian music network Much Music. Later she also developed an interest in pop singers/groups Britney Spears, Spice Girls, NSYNC, Destinys Child & TLC. In junior high she fell in love with 50/60’s era music like Diana Ross & the Supremes, Elvis Presley, and The Temptations. She had cassette tapes her mother gave her from their family storage that she would listen to while dancing in front of her stereo with headphones on and singing along with artists such as Jan Arden and Samantha Fox. There was always someone to listen to who would resonate with a particular moment. In her high school years she discovered more punk/pop music like Blink 182, Green Day, MxPx, Jimmy Eat World, Sugar Ray and Yellowcard.
Samantha had a pretty unstable upbringing and moved around a lot. Her mother suffered from manic depression. Nova would move around to and from different homes (family; father’s, sisters, brothers) and schools in between her mother’s ‘episodes’. At 16 Samantha was kicked out of high school for missing more classes than she had attended. But in reality Samantha was choosing to schedule work shifts during class time to earn an income because the money at home was next to non-existent. Without that structure and stability in life that she needed as an impressionable teenager, she chose what she believed to be the best decision. A few years later at age 19, Nova’s mother passed away suddenly. She was only 56. After her mother’s passing, Nova decided that going back to complete her education was important. Her mother, Mary Anne had been a lovely teacher during Mary’s best years, but unfortunately life’s stresses had won and Mary suffered a mental breakdown (Manic Depression) because of it. Samantha completed her High School Diploma and went on with her life. When life took over, there was no time for ‘dreams’ anymore, it was time to ‘live in the real world’ as the rest of her family would say…
But to Samantha, music is the real world and she wouldn’t give up so easily. She went on to win a local small-town Aurora Winterfest talent competition singing accapella Alicia Keys ‘Fallin’. She celebrated by taking all her friends out for dinner, paying with the prize money she had won from the contest. In her early 20’s she tried out for Canadian Idol, singing Janet Jacksons ‘I Get Lonely’. After all the singers in the room had taken their turn, 2 were picked and the other chosen party in the room of 5 singers turned to shake Samantha’s hand saying, “Guess it’s you and me!” but Samantha advised him her name was not the name the judges stated. She was told by the judges that she “just wasn’t ready”. And looking back, they were absolutely right. She wasn’t ready and that was not the right path for her. It’s funny how the universe works that way…
During her mid-20s she furthered her education by going on to college. There she completed an advanced diploma in Film, Television & Radio Broadcasting. Samantha got back into music during college and is now pleased more than ever to finally be in a position where she can commit to music full-time.
She’s been influenced by many artists over the years; David Bowie, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Marilyn Manson, The Prodigy, Jimmy Eat World, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Brandy, Mary J Blige, Lil’ Kim, Lauryn Hill, Mase, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Nirvana, The XX, TLC, Mariah Carey, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Missy Elliot, Daft Punk, Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, Linkin Park, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Elvis Presley, The Supremes, Samantha Fox, Boyz 2 Men, Timbaland, All American Rejects, ..and the list goes on!
Nova found tremendous success with the indie underground release Rock U in 2015. She was the vocalist and verses-writer for the song, along with hook-writer/producer NEON and producers Malik Mustache & Vinne. Further success came in 2016 with Toolroom Records release of I Like That with producers David Keno and Stage Rockers. Then in 2018 she independently released Dress Me (producers Elliaz and FatKat), Rich (cowritten/collaborative vocals with Mogli da FoulChild, produced by NEON, Evoxx. Remixed by Fenk) and Diamonds (produced by Evoxx and Fenk. Remixed by Vincce E Luo). Diamonds and Rich continue to be 2 of her top grossing releases to date, proving that indie labels can stand just fine on their own! Also released in 2018 was Freak through label Jango Music, with producers Sugarstarr and Stage Rockers. The remix by Djorda Luigia has appeared a handful of times on various dance compilations as well. Capo & Comes and Peverell remixes do rather well too. Freak continues to climb in Samantha’s top grossing tracks.
Samantha Nova is not the type of person that likes being put into a box. The same reflects in her music. She experiments with different sounds and styles. So, to try and classify her music to one particular genre is like trying to stuff a star shaped peg into an oval shaped socket. It’s just not going to fit.
Music can be diverse. You don’t have to speak the language to understand the vibe. The rules are not set in stone, and the opinions of others don’t matter.. and as long as your music is able to resonate with the listener, then you’ve done well. Some people go to therapy, others find a creative outlet. If you’re lucky enough to find what makes your soul happy and even luckier to make a living out of it…
Well then by all means, do what makes you happy.