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article imageSamantha Sings the Shows: Interview with a future singing star Special

By Adrian Peel     Oct 20, 2014 in Music
Her surname may be a bit of a mystery, but this talented singer from England has wowed audiences all over the UK with her varied, and very entertaining, live act. Digital Journal meets her.
Ever wished you could have seen Dame Vera Lynn or Cher in their prime? Do you like the idea of seeing songs from some of the world's best known musicals given a new and energetic lease of life on stage? If you've answered yes to either of these questions, then Samantha Sings the Shows could be right up your street.
Based in the south of England, near Bournemouth, Samantha, who now makes her living from singing - travelling the length and breadth of the country in the process - revealed how she first got started impersonating two of the biggest icons in popular music.
"The Vera Lynn stuff mainly came out of us being very fond dancers and going to a lot of vintage shows because it's the style of music that we like," explains the friendly 22-year-old, who actually donates money to Dame Vera's charity every time she steps out to pay tribute to her (Samantha's favourite Dame Vera number to sing is "When They Sound The Last All Clear"), "and hearing other singers and thinking, 'I could do that - that sounds like fun!'"
"I've always been quite a big fan of a lot of Cher's rockier stuff, when I was younger" says the ambitious starlet of the other larger-than-life performer she brings to life on stage (her Cher song of choice is the duet with Meatloaf, "Dead Ringer For Love"), "and you just kind of sing along. But in doing singing lessons and things like that, I've ended up working on it a bit and it's quite good fun! Totally different..."
Cher is well known for her rather risqué costumes. Does Samantha dress in a similar fashion?
"Not quite the same sort of costume that Cher would have worn - she was a bit more outgoing than I am, but a similar sort of style."
As well as dressing and singing like Dame Vera and Cher, Samantha also belts out an impressive number of tunes from a wide selection of world famous musicals, including Les Miserables, Cabaret, Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady, Phantom of the Opera and The Sound of Music.
"That's my first love, the show stuff," she admits. "I grew up doing all the musicals we did at school, and our school was quite big on that. It was good fun. We did Les Mis and Jesus Christ Superstar and Pirates of Penzance, that sort of thing..."
Impressively - and as something of a reward for all her hard work - Samantha is set to travel to Las Vegas in December to do what she does best. I wondered what her favourite musicals were and which songs from them she particularly enjoys singing?
"My favourite show is definitely Pirates of Penzance - I love Gilbert and Sullivan. I think my favourite song to do is a toss up between 'Phantom Of The Opera', from Phantom of the Opera, and 'Don't Rain On My Parade' from Funny Girl."
Although a highly prolific interpreter of song, Samantha modestly states that she has "no talent for writing whatsoever." That said, she would one day love to release an album of original material.
"I'm looking around at the moment for other people's original work because I'm really interested in the idea," she informs me. "I just need to find someone whose songs work for me - I'm very picky!"
For more information on Samantha Sings the Shows, visit her official website or her page at Scarlett Entertainment.
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