Q&A: Samantha Leah

R&B-pop singer/songwriter Samantha Leah knows that after a year of being cooped up inside, we all need a carefree, euphoric song that takes us out into the stratosphere. She created just that with “fly with me”, a lush R&B track that showcases her signature melodies and ability to craft catchy lyrics easily. LOCK had a chat with Samantha Leah about her new single.

​​Hey Samantha, how’s your week been?

Hello! My week has been wonderful. I just got back to Los Angeles and it’s been beautiful.

You’ve just released the brilliant new single “fly with you”, tell us more about it.

I wrote ‘fly with you’ about my long-distance relationship. The song is a reflection of my desire to travel with my partner and finally be together again. 

The track is a super lovely pop-R&B track that really showcases your artistry. How does pop music enable you to express yourself better than perhaps other genres?

I love writing pop songs. For me, pop music allows me to express myself through catchy melodies. At first, I was worried about writing pop songs because I feel I can express myself more descriptively through r&b music but, along the way, I realized that “simple” does not equate to “bad.” Actually, a simple and repetitive hook can help to keep people interested in the song more than a very word-y hook can.

It’s built upon some really lovely sonics, what inspires your sound?

Lots of stuff! I am very inspired by my musical theatre upbringing.

What inspires your songwriting?

I am inspired by everything I see and everything I think about. For this song, my own situation inspired every word I wrote. For other songs, I like to over-exaggerate certain experiences I’ve had. For instance, in the past, I’ve written love songs about someone I just met and fantasized a love story about. But, in general, all of my music stems from real-life scenarios that I have experienced.

You’re preparing to release a few more songs later this year, what can we expect from them?

The new songs I am working on are very groovy! Definitely in the pop/r&b realm, but a different type of sound. More funky basslines.

What was the first album you ever bought?

A rapper named Murphy Lee. The album is called “Murphy’s Law” and it came out in 2003.

What has been a big highlight in your career so far?

A highlight in my career was doing a live studio version of my song, “This Time I Choose Myself” with Major Stage. It actually just came out. This was a highlight because it’s been a while since I’ve been able to perform, so doing this really got me excited to perform more in the near future.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

I graduated from University of California Santa Barbara with a psychology degree.

Finally, what’s your go-to karaoke song & why?

“If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys because it’s a beautiful, soulful song and my vocal range fits perfectly with it.

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