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Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Samantha Schultz is 20 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 been 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 and folk clubs. Samantha has also performed at Cafe 939's The Red Room in Boston, as well as at the Berklee Performance Centre in various Berklee College of Music productions. Samantha was also one of four students chosen to be a part of Berklee's only co-ed a cappella group, Pitch Slapped, in 2009. Samantha has performed at numerous music festivals across Canada, most notably the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Music Festival; 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, Livingston Taylor, Kyle Riabko (starring in HAIR! The Musical), Ruthie Foster, Gaye Delorme, and Jennifer Warnes. In February 2009, Samantha opened for Schuyler Fisk and Ben Taylor at the famed El Mocambo club in Toronto, Canada. 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 in the Edmonton Mayor's Evening for the Arts in the category of the Stantec Youth Artist Award. Samantha has completed her second year at Berklee College of Music in Boston, on the generous Gary Slaight Family Scholarship, and will be continuing her third year this fall. This summer 2011, Samantha has released a brand new album, creating a follow-up CD to her 2006 release, Both Sides.