Up-and-coming Bay Area R&B vocalist and songwriter SAMARIA has unveiled her new single, “Shy Girl” today. The song is an interpolation of Biz Markie’s “Just A Friend” and samples Snoh Aalegra’s “Fool For You.”
Of the song, SAMARIA says, “I once lead someone on in fear of losing them forever. Unfortunately for me, karma didn’t skip a beat.”
“Shy Girl” follows SAMARIA’s debut single on Republic, “Foolish,” released earlier this year.
At 22, singer/songwriter SAMARIA has lived many lives within two short decades, documenting her journey through song along the way. Born in Oakland, she grew up on ‘90s R&B and took in the classic New Jack Swing Era while listening to modern-day heroines like Keyshia Cole. In 2016, she released her debut EP, The Story Of Right Now. Critical acclaim flooded in, though the fate of SAMARIA’s career was still hanging in the balance. In 2017, she took a leap of faith and packed up her life and moved into her car with her manager in tow, the two traveling back and forth to Los Angeles and reconnecting with her first EP’s producers, Lawwi and Mill, as well as D.T.B. Her debut single on Republic Records, “Foolish,” was the culmination of that serendipitous return to self. After opening for SoundCloud upstart KR at her first LA performance, SAMARIA was discovered by an A&R for Republic Records and inked a deal by the close of 2017. From friendships to self-reflection, love, and love lost, SAMARIA’s next project showcases her elevated songwriting and melodic vocals and provides an intimate look at an artist who will soon set the bar for how to translate real life into song.