Samantha Schultz is a singer and songwriter from Edmonton, Alberta who started playing guitar at the age of 11. Her original songs fuse folk, blues, and soul, and her ability to deliver powerful live performances has earned her several honors, including being nominated in the Young Performer of the Year category at the 2006 Canadian Folk Music Awards, when she was only 14. At the age of 16, Schultz released her first album, Both Sides, consisting of 12 original songs. Schultz has performed at several popular music festivals in Canada—including two appearances at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival—and has opened for a long list of high-profile artists, including Jennifer Warnes, Ruthie Foster, and Lynn Miles. She began her Berklee studies through the Slaight Family Scholarship in fall 2009. She is a member of Pitch Slapped, an award-winning a capella group composed of Berklee students and alumni. She currently serves as assistant musical director of the group and will become musical director in fall 2012. Ink to Paper, her 2011 release, earned her two Edmonton Music Awards (Blues Album of the Year and Female Artist of the Year).