samantha GoodenSamantha Gooden
The Jamaican singer and advertising executive has been singing, "since her eye was at her knee" as the Jamaican saying goes. From a tender age she has been serenading audiences young and old alike and awakening their emotions and senses to the indomitable force of music that comes from the soul. With strong roots in church, she learned how to use her voice as an instrument there and now jumps with versatility through genres of Jazz, Gospel, Pop, Reggae and Contemporary alike.

This British-born multi-talented singer, songwriter is no stranger to the power of music. Samantha began singing as early as she can remember, improvising little summertime musical plays in her backyard, and later in her childhood holding her hairbrush "microphone" to raise the roof of the bathroom. But the shower was not to be her only audience, and after migrating from England with her parents to Jamaica in the early 90s, she really found her voice, with Whitney Houston's "One Moment In Time" being a inspirational target. She was awarded several gold and silver medals at the national level in island competitions, earning her a coveted scholarship to the Edna Manley School of the Performing Arts for Voice training. Choosing to focus on her academic scientific path, she deferred the scholarship and went on to shine at her private school earning another scholarship that would take her to college.

In college she became known for her inspirational deliveries of traditional and contemporary tunes and to this date is still remembered for her soul stirring renditions. Jazz became her muse by accident she will tell as one day at a popular club, she was jamming with former "Black Uhuru" guitarist, Fitzroy Bennett and instantly it was love. They went on to perform as a duo at several Jazz shows around the island of Jamaica gaining experience in songcraft and performance. Within the last few years Samantha has lived in Trinidad and has graced audiences such as those at Jazz Artists on the Greens™ in Trinidad, St Lucia Jazz 2010 with her unique Jazz appeal.

To experience her open conversations and intimate stories as she bares her sould in song is to know Samantha. To experience SONGBIRD Samantha is to experience the crescendos of an inspirational life changing force.