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Samantha Sidley Goes "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" (premiere)

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Jazz vocalist Samantha Sidley gives a fabulous performance with "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" ahead of her New York City residency.

Samantha Sidley offers up a new take on the classic "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". Sidley's stately voice renders the evergreen favorite something new while serving as a reminder of its unrestrained and unfaded glory. It serves as a superb vocal performance as well as further evidence of her status as an exciting, emerging voice.

She says, "I believe it's of the most perfect songs ever written. If I were to give anyone singing advice, I would say learn this song and make it yours. It's timeless because it's truly timeless."

The Los Angeles-born jazz vocalist previously issued the album Interior Person (out now via Release Me Records) featuring the track "I Like Girls" and songs written by Inara George, Alex Lilly, and Sidley's wife, Barbara Gruska. Influenced by Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, Anita O' Day, and Ella Fitzgerald, Sidley quickly established herself as a favorite of fans and critics alike.

She launches a residency in New York City, Thursday, 6 February to Saturday, 8 February, at Green Room 42.

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