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Spiritus

by Samantha Farrell

"It’s her voice which draws you in, a soulful mix of Van Morrison’s country hospitality, Ella Fitzgerald’s jazzy range and Fiona Apple’s modern honesty....the curly-haired, bespectacled singer is a truly modern folkie."
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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1. Keep Moving
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2. Blue River
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3. It Was Real
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4. Let Go
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5. She Will Rise
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6. The Fall
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7. Sea Song
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8. Tear the World Apart
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9. City of Dreams
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10. The Last Party
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11. Shake
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Samantha Farrell is a sparkling young singer-songwriter who is creating her own buzz on the LA music scene. Celebrating classic singer-songwriter’s in the tradition of Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell and James Taylor, her unique and smoky voice, urgent and catchy melodies, expressive, accessible lyrics and powerful acoustic guitar are making people stop and take note.

Samantha spent her childhood running barefoot through open fields of daisies. Literally. The daughter of an Irish-American father and Black-American mother, she was raised on a farm in rural Massachusetts where music was a constant part of the colorful fabric of her life. Thanks to her parents' eclectic and impeccable tastes in music, she was influenced early on by old school jazz, R&B, and soul as well as classic singer-songwriters. Encouraged from a young age to pursue music and any form of self-expression, by fourth grade she had become a published poet and had picked up the flute. By high school, she was composing music and moonlighting in the jazz band where she quickly learned alto sax. By the end of high school she was awarded the Louis Armstrong National Jazz Award and could play ten instruments (self taught on nine.) Her singing voice gradually emerged and developed its own soulful and smoky quality as she sought to emulate her songstress heroes, Ella, Aretha and Billie.

By sophomore year in college her fingers were itching to put her own words to music, so she decided it was time to learn the guitar. Two weeks later she performed her first original songs in front of an audience of 250 at Bowdoin College. After that hair-raising and highly successful event, Samantha quickly became a fixture and a favorite on the New England college scene, playing to packed houses for the next two years.

Upon graduation with distinction, she decided to go for the dream and head to LA where she would pack away her hard-earned degree and work menial tasks to support herself while she played at night. Within a few months, she began headlining at popular LA hotspots such as The Mint, The Room 5 Lounge, Tangier’s, and The Roxy VIP Room.

By August of 2006 she had hustled up enough money to book four studio days at the famous 4th Street Recording Studio in Santa Monica. Along with the help of some extremely talented musicians she met through extremely random circumstances, she was able to mix and record her entire 11-song album in four days. Featuring rhythm guitar, bass, upright bass, drums, piano, Hammond organ and cello, the end result is an astonishing and subtle piece of work that was self produced, arranged and written. Described as “acoustic soul funk folk,” by Samantha, the album "Spiritus," is already garnering rave reviews from both local and national musical sources and has already won fans from across the globe.

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Kathleen Wirt

Spiritus
If you like this record, you ain't seen nothing yet. Stay with this girl and say you knew her when, because music is just pouring out of her. Samantha recorded Spiritus at my studio, and I am her biggest fan. She is an absolute sweetheart, and believes in credit where credit is due. This record was indeed recorded in a magical four days at 4th Street Recording with the help of Samantha's young producer and friend, Sejo Navajas.
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shawne

Refreshing
This cd is wonderful. A refreshing change to the garbage most of the radio stations are trying to pass for music today. Samantha Ferrell is someone to keep your eye on. Her song songs tell a story. The cd is filled with beautiful music and lyrics that say something.
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Marie

Fantastic!!
This cd is absolutely wonderful and I love that you can actually relate to the messages of the songs!! It is great to hear real talent again, not the same old non-sense that people try to call music! I would recommend this cd to everyone and I know it will be a hit! GREAT WORK!!
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Andrew

great CD
Excellent! The whole CD is great from start to finish. Creative vocals with a seeming influence of Nelly Furtado. Samantha Farell and Spiritus is certainly creative in its own rite though.
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Mike Greenhaus, Staff Editor, Relix Magazine.

The budding L.A. singer/songwriter places soul at the front of her sound.
Samantha Farrell’s MySpace page describes her sound as a mix of “acoustic, soul and indie,” but, in many ways, the budding L.A. singer/songwriter places soul at the front of her sound. It’s her voice which draws you in, a soulful mix of Van Morrison’s country hospitality, Ella Fitzgerald’s jazzy range and Fiona Apple’s modern honesty. As best documented on her new CD, Spiritus, the curly-haired, bespectacled singer is a truly modern folkie, weaving tails through her stories, but connecting with listeners through her voice. The breezy “Sea Song” is a gentle, coffee-shop lament, while the more progressive folk-rock number “Keep Moving” wouldn’t sound out of place in Ani DiFranco’s more rocking repertoire. “Shake,” perhaps the most unique number Farrell has on display, showcases her acoustic guitar chops and, more impressively, skills as an arranger (nodding to the Tin Pan Alley somewhere along the way.) The ballad “She Will Rise” is also a slice of piano-pop which, along with Farrell’s voice, builds from a quiet whisper into something more pronounced. Yet, despite her divergent sounds, Farrell manages to tie Spiritus’ eclectic mix of sounds together by wearing her emotions, and more importantly, her soul on her sleeve. -
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Mike Greenhaus, Staff Editor, Relix Magazine.

The budding L.A. singer/songwriter places soul at the front of her sound.
Samantha Farrell’s MySpace page describes her sound as a mix of “acoustic, soul and indie,” but, in many ways, the budding L.A. singer/songwriter places soul at the front of her sound. It’s her voice which draws you in, a soulful mix of Van Morrison’s country hospitality, Ella Fitzgerald’s jazzy range and Fiona Apple’s modern honesty. As best documented on her new CD, Spiritus, the curly-haired, bespectacled singer is a truly modern folkie, weaving tails through her stories, but connecting with listeners through her voice. The breezy “Sea Song” is a gentle, coffee-shop lament, while the more progressive folk-rock number “Keep Moving” wouldn’t sound out of place in Ani DiFranco’s more rocking repertoire. “Shake,” perhaps the most unique number Farrell has on display, showcases her acoustic guitar chops and, more impressively, skills as an arranger (nodding to the Tin Pan Alley somewhere along the way.) The ballad “She Will Rise” is also a slice of piano-pop which, along with Farrell’s voice, builds from a quiet whisper into something more pronounced. Yet, despite her divergent sounds, Farrell manages to tie Spiritus’ eclectic mix of sounds together by wearing her emotions, and more importantly, her soul on her sleeve. -
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Indie Music Stop by Staff Writer L. Anne Carrington

Spiritus in its entirety is full of beautiful music, and lyrics that tell a new
Talented and versatile singer-songwriter Samantha Farrell is creating her own buzz on the LA music scene with her CD release, Spiritus. It's her voice which draws you in; as one description calls it, "a soulful mix of Van Morrison's country hospitality, Ella Fitzgerald's jazzy range and Fiona Apple's modern honesty."

Farrell's MySpace page describes her sound as a mix of "acoustic, soul and indie," but this CD is a refreshing change from the less-than-stellar talent that most radio stations are trying to pass off as music today.
The whole CD is great from start to finish. Creative vocals, expressive lyrics, and catchy melodies make it almost difficult to believe that this 11-song album was recorded and mixed in only four days of studio time.

Spiritus was also self-produced, written, and arranged by Farrell. The end result is a subtle and incredible piece of work that is already making people stop and take note.

"Sea Song" is a gentle piece, while "Keep Moving" is a more progressive folk-rock selection . "Shake" shows off Farrell's skills as an arranger, as well as outstanding acoustic guitar work.

In spite of her unique and smoky voice and divergent sounds, Farrell manages to tie Spiritus' mix of sounds together, making it certainly creative in its own right in the indie music world.
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