|Genres||Indie Pop, Singer/Songwriter (Female)|
|Band Members||All Songs by Samantha Kirshtein Executive producers Uncle Stanford Joel / Daddy|
|# Years Experience Performing Live:||3|
|Venue History:||The Windjammer - Isle of Palms, SC; The Village Tavern - Mt. Pleasant, SC; Awendaw Green - Awendaw, SC; Fiery Rons Home Team BBQ - Charleston, SC; Iacafano - Mount Pleasant, SC; Young's Mountain Music - Burnsville, NC; Spoleto Festival - Charleston, SC; Muddy Waters Cafe - Charleston, SC; Buck's King Mackeral Tourney - Edisto, SC; Dragon Boat Festival - Charleston, SC; WCIV-TV ABC news 4 Lowcountry Live - Charleston, SC; 105.5 The Bridge--Live In Studio Performance - Charleston, SC; Rocktoberfest - Awendaw, SC; Rock Festival - Awendaw, SC; Dunleavy's - Sullivans Island, SC; Various Home Concerts - Charleston, SC; Assisted Living/Nursing Homes - Charleston, SC; Assisted Living/Nursing Homes - Columbia, SC; Assisted Living/Nursing Homes - New York, NY; Alzheimer's Benefits - Charleston, SC; Various Charity Events - Various, SC|
|Opener Experience:||Jennifer Knapp|
|Similar Artists:||Sheryl Crow; Michelle Branch; Colbie Caillat; Adele; Anna Nalick; Missy Higgins|
|Performing Rights Society:||ASCAP|
|Discography:||It's Alright By Me EP—2012; Samantha Kirshtein EP—2010|
She is a renaissance girl. Currently in the 9th grade. On the Volleyball and tennis team. An ‘A’ student, bird and dog owner (one or the other sleeps with her most nights), loves nature and being outdoors, fishes and surfs, very determined and committed but very sensitive, has an older sister and two younger brothers. She started playing guitar in December of 2008. She has written about a dozen songs. She won the local Palmetto Acoustic open Mic challenge in Charleston, SC (a 12 year old competing against all adults), she first played in front an audience at a schools talent show back in December of 2008, just weeks after picking up a guitar, she played Taylor Swift’s ‘Best Day’ & Sweet Home Alabama. She has since played on a street corner in the Chas open air market during Spoleto, at Parson Jack’s cafe, Sunfire Grill, Dunleavy’s Pub, Young’s Mountain Music in Burnsville, NC. She was also asked to open a 4 day benefit concert recently to aid the “Chas. County Band Instrument Fund” put on by Awendaw Green. Afterwards she was interviewed by a local radio station and asked to play her song “I Do Too” on air. Most recently she performed at The Dragon Boat Festival in Charleston (a cancer benefit). There have been numerous ‘gigs’ including visits to Veteran’s Hospitals, Children’s Hospitals & Alzheimer’s and Assisted living centers. She has caught the attention of many here as well as some of Charleston’s veteran local musicians. She likes to garden and cook. She has been raised listening to such musicians as Bob Dylan, Beatles, Eagles, Janis Joplin, Bob Marley, Old Hank Williams and more.
Since she was a very little girl she has always wanted to be a dermatologist (no idea why), still does, and as parents we would naturally encourage her to become a doctor but there is a very curious momentum behind Samantha and her music. There seems to be some very natural or even spiritual connection in her voice and her songs, well beyond her years, that has a moving and profound effect on those that see and hear her. It will be interesting to see where she goes from here but my guess is it’s wherever she wants to.
She wrote the song ‘I Do Too’ about and for her grandfather. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a few years ago. The two of them spent a lot of time in the garden and outdoors together. He is a very old fashioned guy that was capable of building, fixing or growing anything. He is a true patriot as was his father before him. The refrain in the song “Gd loves you and I do too, grand-babies” are the words he would always say to his 11 grandchildren.
Samantha released her debut EP in September 2010 when she was 13 years old. Since that time, she has won many opportunities on sites such as Indaba Music and has had numerous 1st place and top 10 finishes on OurStage. Some of her songs are on Pandora, Spotify, iHeart, Jango and Jelli Radio. She also has performed at many gigs in various venues. Samantha is very active in her high school choir. She also loves to act in her school’s plays, especially musicals. Samantha has continued to write many songs. Her words, melody and voice tend to create a deep connection with her listeners.
After the release of her EP, in Sept. 2010, Samantha caught the ear of the late Johnny Diamond, (may he rest in peace) a music manager who was beloved by many. He connected Samantha with renowned producer, Rick Beato. Currently Samantha is recording her new album with Rick Beato at his studio in Stone Mountain, Ga. with the band Crowfield playing on it. This is a very exciting project! Stay tuned…Thanks so much to Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. for its generous sponsorship! You guys rock!!