Samantha Whates is a London based singer and songwriter. Despite living in the capital since her mid-teens, her heart, voice and songs retain a strong affinity with her Scottish roots, cultivating a sound that is thoroughly contemporary, rooted in tradition yet uniquely her own.
A regular live performer, Samantha has played throughout the UK from small town pubs to large festivals and major London venues (Union Chapel, Vortex, Cecil Sharp House). She recently released a debut album of her own songs, Dark Nights Make For Brighter Days which has been enjoying both critical acclaim and radio play (BBC 6 Music, KCRW, Resonance FM).
Working as a session/backing vocalist Samantha has provided vocals for Chris Coco, Gwyneth Herbert, James Yuill, Blue Rose Code, Fiona Bevan, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker amongst many others.
“Just gorgeous” – Tom Robinson BBC 6Music
“A lovely surprise, her presence and songs made my evening, a rare treat” – James Yorkston
Confessional, conversational and understated, Samantha Whates deceptively forceful voice will find a place deep inside your soul and stay around for years to come.