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Samantha Crain


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Shawnee OK, United States (2004 – present)

Samantha Crain (born 15 August 15 1986 in Shawnee, Oklahoma) is an American songwriter, musician, and singer. From a career beginning in 2004, Crain’s first recording was the self-released EP The Confiscation in 2007. Her first album (recorded with Midnight Shivers and for which the band was sometimes known as Samantha Crain & The Midnight Shivers) was the 2009 release ‘Songs in the Night’. After the Midnight Shivers disbanded, Crain released her second album ‘You (Understood)’ in 2010. Crain’s third album ‘Kid Face’ was released in 2013.

Sometimes music is a collision of opposites. Realities clash and coexist, and the tension that results is scary and strange, but undeniably beautiful. Maybe that’s why Samantha Crain & The Midnight Shivers embody so many conflicting unities and clashing identities. With a blow-your-hair-back vocal presence that occasionally yields to whisper-soft vulnerability, Samantha Crain unites the sounds of confidence and desperation. Traditional folk arrangements tremble beneath the tasteful drumming of Jacob Edwards, the heart-beating bass lines from Andrew Tanz, and Beth Bombara’s eerie vocals and clean electric guitar. Lyrics about disaster and despair peacefully coexist with anthems of community and reconciliation. Here are darkness and light; here are life and death.

These colliding realities stem most notably from Crain’s unlikely artistic heritage, which she wears on her sleeve but just as readily transcends. Hailing from the state that birthed both The Flaming Lips and Woody Guthrie, Samantha Crain writes with both the brazen conviction of the latter and the unflinching creative ambition of the former.


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  • Laurence-

    Maybe it's just me but she sounds so similar to Rose Kemp, pretty nice anyhow!

    15 May 4:48pm Reply
  • elliot_jr

    Ugh, official pictures! *shakes fist*

    10 Jan 2014 Reply
  • JardelDelRey

    Kid Face is so beautiful, She is so Beautiful, all of her is so beautiful that think im in love

    23 Mar 2013 Reply
  • SimoneBerlioz

    cool new album!

    17 Mar 2013 Reply
  • jett49

    Kid Face is pretty legit

    18 Feb 2013 Reply
  • MsAshleyMariexo

    I first saw Samantha play at Jerky's in Rhode Island with Murder by Death and Ninja Gun. She blew me away! <3

    2 Apr 2011 Reply
  • zepflier

    Such a unique voice. Looking forward to hearing you live soon.

    18 Nov 2010 Reply
  • nodoubtguy

    Saw her live last week.....amazing!

    22 Jun 2010 Reply
  • nathanaelkan

    Somebody help me find the link pleaseeee :''(.

    19 Jun 2010 Reply
  • zapp645

    she did a really really amazing version of "dam song" with first aid kit at a recent show... i'd kill for a recording of that

    14 Jun 2010 Reply
  • legologos

    i was just introduced to this artist through emusic's daily download. i'm intrigued... i'll spring for the daytrotter session next. i also make music. i just recorded a new EP that you can download for free from - enjoy!

    9 Jun 2010 Reply
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  • JoePill

    great band, hope they get more recognition

    4 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Bayou16

    Thx daytrotter for the tracks!

    21 Jan 2009 Reply
  • dashiellbrown

    just discovered this music at the station. i'll be playing it this wednesday on my show The New Spin on CHMR-FM.

    20 Jul 2008 Reply
  • amandeux

    Oh man, I saw the Confiscation EP on iTunes, got really excited, and bought it. Needless to say, it's pretty awesome.

    5 Mar 2008 Reply

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