From Wyoming to Philadelphia, vocalist Samantha Rise weaves together improvised, mountain folk and neo-soul styles crafting a unique fabric in her original music, described in her own words as "High-Country Soul.”
Rise fronts a group adept in bending the meaning of indie and alt-folk, and her songwriting leaves no stone unturned evoking her myriad influences— Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone, and Erykah Badu all have a place in her deeply personal, savor-worthy songs.
Rise's lyrics and songwriting are both sensual and staggering in their unblinking accounts of what it is to be a woman of color in America, 2018. From unrequited love to police brutality, the #MeToo movement and mass incarceration, Rise reconciles the conversations our country cannot seem to engage, with songs we cannot help but love. She invites us to wade through the grief and joy we know toward a future we create together, standing courageously and vulnerably, where the west begins.
Rise's debut release, Brighter Days, will land in four installments over the solstice and equinox in 2018. Her singles Let the Great World Spin and Rye Grass Riders are available on Apple Music, Spotify and Soundcloud.