Samantha Hakim, 16 year-old singer, songwriter, born and raised in Northern Virginia. Sammy began playing the piano at the age of 4 and studying vocals in elementary school. Her hard work and talent earned her a place in the All County Chorus, several spots performing the National Anthem at local and regional events and the prestigious Fairfax County Vocal Award.
With success as a pianist and a singer, coupled with her desire to become a professional songwriter, producer, and musician, Sammy was inspired to study additional instruments including violin, guitar and ukulele. These instruments are highly influential in how Sammy composes and arranges her original music.
Sammy began composing and arranging songs when she was 12. Sammy’s songs are inspired by her friends and real life situations. Her music reflects influences of Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Taylor Swift, and the Jonas brothers. Sammy’s soulful voice pays allegiance to Nick Jonas, Avril Lavigne and Carrie Underwood. Sammy, aligning herself with one of her music mentors in describing herself as an artist quotes, “I am like Elvis Costello, I write what I want, pop, county, rock, or whatever I feel. Writing and performing music is one of my deepest passions in life.” This drive and determination inspires Sammy to focus on a deeper understanding of her world and her relationships with people to create her unique brand of pop music that touches people at an emotional level seldom accomplished by young songwriters.
Sammy has performed her music at a variety of local venues including Jammin Java, and the Soundry. Sammy is using these local sites to promote singles from her debut EP, “Locked You Out” scheduled to be released in the Fall of 2011, engineered by Ben Green of SEAS and produced by Jeff Levin, founder of Bach to Rock music school chain and Big V Productions Inc, who has worked with top names such as Jimmy Marley, Michael Shaw and Paul Fahkourie.
Even before the album has officially been released, record executives and management firms have responded with enthusiasm, eager to receive the final product. Robert Camacho, of RC Management in Nashville, TN has this to say referencing Sammy’s songs. “I am listening as I write and can clearly say the songwriting is outstanding regardless of the writer’s age. Her voice is very elegant and poised beyond her years.”
Sammy is a member of Songwriters of Washington and Washington Area Music Association. She continues to develop her craft by taking weekly piano, guitar and voice lessons. Sammy’s other interest include, playing softball, basketball and spending time with her friends. As a final testament to Sammy’s natural aptitude and discipline, she is an honor student enrolled in IB classes at her high school.