2x GRAMMY Nominee (Best New Artist) Samara Joy Performs “Nostalgia (The Day I Knew)” for The Late Show With Stephen Colbert | Shore Fire Media

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2x GRAMMY Nominee (Best New Artist) Samara Joy Performs “Nostalgia (The Day I Knew)” for The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

“Just try not to crack a smile at the lyrics she wrote to the melody of Fats Navarro’s 1947 trumpet solo while you simply shake your head at her command.”

- The New York Times


December 9, 2022: Today, 23-year-old “once in a generation” vocalist Samara Joyperforms “Nostalgia (The Day I Knew)” for Stephen Colbert’s #LateShowMeMusic series. The 2x GRAMMY nominee (Best New Artist and Best Jazz Vocal Album) employs the art of vocalese to reinvent Fats Navarro’s 1947 trumpet solo with her “rich, buttery vocals” (Billboard) and “musical wisdom beyond her years" (WNYC The Takeaway). The New York Times encourages you to “just try not to crack a smile at the lyrics she wrote… while you simply shake your head at her command.”

Watch Samara Joy perform “Nostalgia (The Day I Knew)”

for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: https://youtu.be/zjTTWYrHb3s

Samara Joy, born and raised in the Bronx, has dazzled crowds at jazz clubs, festivals, and cultural institutions across the globe, performed on NBC’s Today Show with Hoda and Jenna, and earned glowing public endorsements from the likes of Regina KingLaKeith Stanfield, and many others. While she is influenced by the greats like Ella Fitzgerald and Carmen McRae, Samara takes a contemporary approach to her art and performance as evidenced by her massive TikTok following. Her Verve Records debut album Linger Awhile - nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album at the 65th Annual GRAMMY Awards® and included in New York Times roundup of the Best Jazz Albums of 2022 - is a 10-song collection of beloved tunes, updated for a new generation. Recorded at Sear Sound in New York City by Chris Allen and produced by Matt Pierson, Linger Awhile features exemplary musicianship by Pasquale Grasso (guitar), Ben Paterson (piano), David Wong (double bass), and Kenny Washington (drums).

Earlier this month, Samara unveiled holiday singles Warm in December and O Holy Night (Feat. The McLendon Family).” Watch Samara’s recent VEVO live performance with her father, Antonio McLendon here. In addition to several performances joining the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra as a special guest on their Big Band Holidays tour, Samara will be presenting “Samara Joy: A Joyful Holiday!” in four markets, where her family members will also be featured. Full tour schedule below.


Samara Joy 2022 Tour Dates

December 9 - Phoenix, AZ - Big Band Holidays w/J@LC Orchestra

December 10 - Wickenburg, AZ - Big Band Holidays w/J@LC Orchestra

December 14-18 - New York, NY - Big Band Holidays w/J@LC Orchestra

December 20 – Alexandria, VA – The Birchmere (Samara Joy: A Joyful Holiday!)

December 21 – Philadelphia, PA – The Ardmore (Samara Joy: A Joyful Holiday!)

December 22 – Arlington, MA – Regent Theater (Samara Joy: A Joyful Holiday!)

December 23 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Universal Preservation Hall (Samara Joy: A Joyful Holiday!)



Praise for Samara Joy’s Linger Awhile:

“[A] glowing, auspicious debut.”

- Nate Chinen, NPR


“Silky-voiced rising jazz star.”

- New York Times, Fall Preview 2022


“Riveting, infectious.”

- New York Times, Best Jazz Albums of 2022


“A classic jazz singer from a new generation.”

- NPR All Things Considered


“Whatever you’re doing right now… just stop for one second because you’re going to be blown away by [Samara Joy’s] beautiful voice.”

- Hoda Kotb, The Today Show


“A young vocalist creating the standards of today… embodying vocalists like Sarah Vaughan and Carmen McRae, while creating a distinct style of her own."

- NPR Jazz Night in America


“Joy established not only her musical acumen — delivered with a warm, capacious vocal instrument, breathtaking technique, and unmannered charm — but also a singular point of view, informed by tradition but not bound by it.”

- The Boston Globe


“It sounds like the greats reached out and touched her vocal cords and anointed her as the next in line.”

- NPR Here & Now


"Every so often a new vocalist blows everyone on the jazz scene away with their distinctive style, charm, and dexterity. Samara Joy is that new voice that’s giving new purpose to the music… her songwriting acumen is equally arresting as her singing."

- JazzTimes


“[Samara Joy is] brightening the musical palette for today's youth."

- Performer Magazine, Oct/Nov cover story


“Strikingly warm vocal timbre, keen phrasing, and superb song selection… youthful exuberance with an old soul.”

- WBBO + WRTI, Fall Preview 2022


“A jazz purist who embodies generations of great Black female singers across idioms.”

- Andscape


"Listening to [Samara Joy's] beautiful voice may transport you back to an earlier era to voices like Sarah Vaughan or Billie Holiday... Yet, despite the hype, Samara remains grounded and has a musical wisdom beyond her years."

- WNYC The Takeaway



Connect with Samara Joy:

Website / TikTok / Instagram / Facebook


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