She filled you with "Emotion", now she'll move you even more.
Samantha Sang, the great-great-granddaughter of a Manchurian Surgeon and herbalist, was born in Australia. Her sensational career is recognised around the world and her varied experience is testament to her outstanding talent.
At the tender age of 8 she made her radio debut. Two years later she first appeared on Graham Kennedy's In Melbourne Tonight, where she continued to perform regularly.
At 15 years of age and then known as Cheryl Gray "...the little girl with the big voice", she received a "Best Female Vocalist" awarded for her hit single You Made Me What I am a recording which also won a commendation as the Best All Time Australian Produced Record of its time.
Samantha aged 8, with Mum & Dad, Reg & Joan
Shortly after, she left for London where she performed at leading venues with artists such as The Hollies, Herman's Hermits and the Bee Gees.
Whilst in London, she caught the ear of Barry Gibb, who on hearing Samantha's unique vocal abilities inspired him to lend his brilliant writing producing talent to a song specially written for her - The Love of a Woman - which gave her enormous European exposure launching her international career.
New York followed but after a couple of appearances, her visa expired and Samantha was forced to return home leaving behind a rising career and a number of lucrative engagements.
Years later, Samantha made a triumphant return to America where she toured with her band for four years.
Samantha in 1972 with Barry Gibb at the Gibb home in Florida
During this time she recorded her hit single Emotion, which rocketed straight to the top of the charts and soon became No.1 worldwide.
Emotion sold over 6 million copies throughout the world
The album which followed, sold four million worldwide, Emotion is still receiving airplay in America, Australia and other countries of the world today.
Throughout her career, Samantha has toured many countries including America, England, Europe, South Africa, The Phillippines, Trinidad-Tobago, Mexico and her own country, Australia.
Samantha garnered worldwide critical acclaim including the award for Best Performer at the Yugoslavian Song Festival, which led to her own radio and television specials.
She performed regularly on Australian Variety shows including The Midday Show, The Ernie Sigley Show, The Bert Newton Show, and American shows and concerts including The Johnny Carson Show, The Merv Griffin Show, The Dinah Shore Show, The Mike Douglas Show, The Dick Clark Show (Also known as American Bandstand), The Jack Jones Show, The Roselands Concert, The Jones Beach Concert, The Fire Island Concert and many others in other countries of the world.
Stage musicals are Samantha's greatest fulfilment. Her first stage performance was at 22 years of age where Kenn Brodziak cast her in a leading role in The Magic Show. She hopes one day to return to the stage in the right role for her.
Samantha is now living in Melbourne, Australia.
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