‘A voice that is hauntingly flawless.
She has crowds mesmerised within seconds.’
‘I can well imagine Samantha shooting up to the top with an alarming speed – eyes peeled for this girl!’
With ‘a voice that is hauntingly flawless’, Samantha Lindo has crowds ‘mesmerised within seconds’. She fills, inhabits and takes hold of spaces large and small.
Whether it be an intimate Sofar sounds gig in a Notting Hill lounge, a room full of ravers at Brixton’s Hootenanny or owning the stage at Bristol’s Colston Hall, where she was a featured artist for national TEDx event ‘Daring to Disrupt’, she gives performances that connect with audiences in as many different ways as there are people in the room.
A British singer – songwriter of mixed Jamaican heritage, she brings together a fusion of soul, folk, spoken word and trip-hop to create a style that is not easily box-able but has a tangible flavour of her adopted hometown, Bristol. Nitelife describes how by ‘weaving poetry’ and ‘beautiful lyricism through her songs’, Samantha presents some very raw and real issues about love, life and the human condition through her uplifting tones.
Having grown up listening to her grandfather’s record collection she immersed herself in soul, jazz and folk scenes, which inspired the releases that followed: Wars; The Rush, The Light; Last Light in The Sky and Gateway, recorded at Wick Court, a 16th century stately home in the country where she was part of a community of musicians and artists.
She has never been one for playing by the book. In response to the individualistic nature of our culture and the often male dominated ways of the music industry, she founded Girls, Girls, Girls, an all-female arts collective in London with fellow singer-songwriter friend Eliza Shaddad. They partnered with UK charity the Orchid Project, who work to put a global end to female genital cutting. The numerous all-female nights across London and UK tour were about raising awareness to this pressing social justice issue but also, in her words quoted in Oh Comely magazine ‘lifting each other up’ as female artists.
Samantha opened the last Girls Girls Girls with a collaborative performance with the in-house choir at London’s Union Chapel and the pair had the honour of being featured artists in the Museum of London's ‘Votes for Women’ exhibition performing the suffragette anthem, March of the Women, to celebrate 100 years of the vote in 2018.
With an ache towards justice that often spills into her work, her single ‘Butterflies’, one of the earliest penned songs, was released at a secret Sofar Sounds gig supporting British recording artist, James Morrison, as part of Amnesty International’s ‘Give a Home’ campaign in solidarity with the world’s refugees.
The most exciting times, however, are to come. With her band of ‘exceptionally talented’ (Nitelife) multi-instrumentalists emerging from a Bristol collective, whose mix of contemporary guitar, keys, horn, drums and backing vocals of almost angelic quality, she plans to release new music and tour the UK in autumn. The new sound, as well as reflecting a stylistic settledness and an at-home-ness in her music, expresses the messy, often broken, and sometimes dark nature of life with a soulful beauty and irresistible beat that ultimately points to hope. Something that is needed now, more than ever.