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Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Queer vocalist Samantha Sidley wins with “I Like Girls” music video; Song is from debut recorded in L.A.-raised artist’s childhood bedroom.
“Interior Person” album arrives Sept. 13th;
Currently on US tour with The Bird and The Bee; Hometown record release show
set for Sept. 14th
“We really wanted a song with a ‘refrain,’ a rubato
intro that I could play with, like a classic early jazz song,” explains
Samantha Sidley of the latest single from her upcoming debut album.
“‘Listen!!’ is what came out! I think originally when
I was performing this song, I was thinking about all the mansplaining I’ve had
to endure over the years, or just turning on the radio and having the
unfortunate experience of hearing our current president, but now when I sing
it, I’m often just talking to myself, telling my brain to quiet down.”
Cover Me says Samantha
Sidley “digs deep for this Beach
Boys tribute, eschewing the oft-covered classics for a true deep cut... It
seems impossible to record a version that betters Brian Wilson’s... I’d argue Sidley’s
jazzy version surpasses the original.”
“This song is from one of my favorite Beach Boys records, Friends,”
Sidley says. “I was on a leisurely
walk in my neighborhood listening to it and realized that the song is a story I
pretty much live every day. I knew it especially when Brian Wilson says, ‘I get a lot of thoughts in the morning, I write
them all down, if it wasn’t for that, I’d forget them in a while.’
to Samantha Sidley covering “Busy Doin’ Nothin’” by The Beach Boys at Cover
Me or at the link above!
Samantha Sidley | About
Sidley is a jazz vocalist,
born-and-raised in Los Angeles, and she likes girls.
The words “I like girls” are the first thing you’ll
hear when Sidley’s debut album Interior
Person (Sept. 13th,
Release Me Records) opens. The song
is an unassuming anthem, a future standard for an evolving culture. It’s also a
fun and funny ice-breaker that you’ll sing along with.
Girls” is a peek into what plays out
as a meticulously crafted debut album featuring Sidley’s beautifully trained voice taking confident ownership of
songs written for her to sing by some of the most important women in her life.
These other “girls” include fellow musicians Inara George, Alex Lilly, and Sidley’s
“Top One” favorite musician of all-time, her wife, Barbara Gruska.
“Inara and Alex and Barbara wrote songs that are all very personal to my story – they
literally are my story – and from my lesbian perspective, which I appreciate so
much,” Sidley says. In addition to
co-writing many of the songs here, and playing drums (masterfully) on many of
the tracks, Gruska also produced Interior
Person in a studio constructed in Sidley’s
“My whole life was a song,” Sidley says of her childhood. “If I looked at a tree, it was a
song. If I felt happy, sad, joy, it was a song. When I first heard Judy Garland in ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ I remember thinking: ‘I understand.’ I’ve
always considered myself an interpreter, which is sort of an undervalued art
form. I like to take a song and make the story true for me.”
Sidley soon discovered Aretha
Franklin, Billie Holiday, soul
music in general, and her own personal “soulfulness” itself. You know, like all
seven-year-olds do. Later, considering how annoyed 11-year-old Sidley was when her vocal instructor
wouldn’t allow her to sing Holiday’s
“Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be)” at
her first recital, it all made perfect sense.
A decade later, Sidley
got to sing whatever she wanted, performing at NYC’s legendary Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, where she lived in Dorothy Parker’s room, listened to a lot of Anita O’Day and Ella
Fitzgerald, and landed a rave review in The New York Times.
“She knows exactly how I express myself and what my
intentions are,” Sidley says of her
working relationship with Gruska.
“Collaborating on this record has actually been a much longer collaboration of
us getting to know each other.”
Interior Person, the debut album from Samantha
Sidley, arrives Sept. 13th,
preceded by the single “I Like Girls,”
out now.Samantha Sidley is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.