Originally from Boca Raton, FL, Samantha has been captivating local audiences with her unique vocal talents and her skilled guitar playing in local venues around town. Now stepping into her own, she has caught the attention of RADIO DISNEY covering all of North America. Now they can hear her new song “OWN THE NIGHT” which is in rotation onRADIO DISNEY as well as on Radio Disney’s SPOTIFY “STUCK IN OUR HEADS” playlist.
Samantha finished out 2016 on RADIO DISNEY with her Christmas single “Santa’s Back In Business” selected as one of “The Best Holiday Songs of 2016”, by top pop culture website and entertainment company- Sweety High. 2017 started with her single “I Know U Know” getting Top40 mixshow airplay nationwide. Later that year, PAUL MITCHELL’s, Anti-Bullying rally featured Samantha on stage and the release of “It’s a Girl Thing” to a packed house at NW Florida’s premiere music venue- Vinyl Music Hall hosted by VIBE.
Hi Samantha, please tell us a little about you?
My name is Samantha LaPorta , I’m 17 years old, from sunny Florida and you may have heard me on Radio Disney. I’m on the road a lot for music and always enjoy returning home to go to the beach with family and friends.
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Kind, supportive, visionary
How all started?
Recently found a box filled with old videos from when was about 2, making up songs and dancing around, they are hysterical, So I guess music has always been a part of me.
The 1st time performing in public I was 10 it was a huge event in my hometown where everyone comes to officially start Football Season. I was asked to sing the National anthem. My parents were surprised that I could really sing. I was surprised by how many people where there.
When was it that you first realized that you wanted to pursue music as a career?
My parents took me to a concert for my 11th birthday and I was hooked, immediately started guitar and vocal lessons and a year later went to Nashville to perform in a showcase at the Hard Rock Cafe. For the past 4 years I’ve been performing at a local venue where I sing for a few hours, twice a month as well as festivals and opening for tours in the US.
Did your family support this decision?
My family is very supportive. my mom and my Aunt were Professional Dancers, and my Grandpa is a musician who toured with the big bands. They taught me early on about the hard work, and sacrifices that come with being an artist. When I was 14 my parents took me to Radio Disney to audition. It was a dream come true to hear “welcome to the Disney Family.” And like a family, Radio Disney is super supportive of my music.
What is your musical background?
I’m a singer who write songs and plays guitar. I’ve had 4 songs on Radio I’m most proud of “Don’t Say Forever” which made the Top 30 and “Own The Night” that reached #8 and in the Top 30 for 16 weeks.
That really opened some doors for me. Major League Baseball featured Own The Night on their network and I was invited to host the Top 10 show on Radio Disney.
What kind of music do you listen normally?
Fun music like early Gwen Stefani, The 1975, I love Pop, R&B and perform a lot of Rihanna and Beyoncé covers, also love Soulful songs both old and new music by artists such as; Etta James, and H.E.R. Feels so good performing their songs they are real crowd pleasers.
Tell us about your new single “Superficial?”
I was in the studio finishing up Don’t Say Forever for Radio Disney and talking with my co-writers about a relationship gone bad when they said “hop in the booth” and the words just fell out of my mouth. We had fun with the play on words and a fresh twist on a love song. It’s very empowering and has a good stay true to yourself message. I’ve heard from fans around the world about how they can relate to the lyrics and really connect with the song.
SUPERFICIAL - Samantha LaPorta
What music influences do you have?
Lana Del Rey, Billie Eilish, Ariana Granda, are all great influences because they are talented singer/songwriters.
What is your next goal as a musician?
I’ve co-written a few more songs for an EP, I can also see some of the songs doing well on a teen theme tv and movies and another song that could work as an awesome crossover collab similar to MEANT TO BE by Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia line.
What is your own definition of happiness?
What are the five things you can’t live without?
My friends, family, My phone, at least one of my Guitars and I have a cute little dog I named after Hannah Montana.
Best advice ever given?
Stay true to yourself.
Do you get nervous before a performance?
I’ve performed at small venues and huge stadiums sometimes the nerve can creep in but when I see the audience it all goes away I’m just so happy to be there.
What is next for Samantha LaPorta in 2019?
More shows, heading back to LA to write and record more music. Recently I was asked about performing in a Musical I would love to be in a Broadway show or a musical on TV.
Any advice for upcoming singers?
If you weren’t singing, what would you be doing?
Something in Fashion.
What would be the dream holiday, and who would you go with?
I would love to spend the summer traveling through Europe with my close friends.
What is your favorite healthy food?
Smoothies – just love experimenting with different blends of fruit.
And your favorite cheat food?
Pasta and Pizza.
What would be a deal breaker on a first date?
Lack of humor.
Idea of a perfect Sunday?
Sleep in – big breakfast stay in my PJs till noon.
Do you support any charity?
I volunteer and perform for a few charities each year. Paul Michell Invited me to perform for an amazing anti bullying Concert. But I also love the individual time I get to spend with kids at Ryan Seacrest Foundation and Ronald McDonald House where I have been a volunteer for the last 7 years.
What does fashion mean to you?
Being free to express yourself.
How would you explain your fashion style?
I’m on a sneaker binge right now. I’m more causal street style or beach vibe when I’m home.
How important is Social Media for you?
Social Media lets me get closer to fans I can stay in touch with fans who I meet at shows or chat with someone from the other side of the world. It’s also great to share ideas or music ideas to see what people like and connects with.
Where we can follow you?
Superficial (music & YouTube) Click here!
Lyric video – Click here!
Acoustic – Live from Nashville – Click Here!
Actor/Actress: Keira Knightley
Drink: Chocolate almond milk
City: Panama City, Panama
Movie: Pretty Woman
Sport Team: Dodgers