It’s incredible how a comment made in passing can change your life, but that’s what happened to Samantha Harvey. She was seventeen when she auditioned to sing with a local band. She was successful and worked night and day to get ready to perform in public.
She was an instant hit, and members of the public often commented that they wished she would upload some videos so they could listen to her sing at home. These comments planted a seed in Samantha’s mind, and soon, she set up her YouTube channel.
She didn’t have a glamorous studio to perform in; she recorded her videos on the floor of her parent’s bathroom. But the beauty of her voice won over YouTube’s viewers. It also helped that she made her videos about more than just promoting herself as a singer. Instead, she took weekly requests that she performed for those who felt in need of comfort.
Then, one fateful day, a friend told her she would get more interest if she shared her videos on Facebook too. She recorded Sam Smith’s Stay With Me and popped a link on Facebook. She couldn’t believe it when her views exploded! Soon she had over 60,000 likes. She sat with her laptop propped against the bath, unable to believe this was happening to her.
From that moment on, Samantha’s life changed. She had been working as a cleaner as she tried to make it in the music industry. The idea of talent shows like the X Factor seemed like a nightmare to her, so all she could do was sing at weddings, make her videos and hope. After her video swept the internet, everyone wanted to talk to her.
She has met Simon Cowell and David Beckham, had meetings with Capitol Records, supported huge acts such as Nick Jonas and Rita Ora, and put on her own sold-out UK tour. It has been a whirlwind but an exciting one. She has achieved her dream of being a full-time singer and sharing her music with the world.
Her YouTube channel currently has 2.31 million subscribers, closely followed by her Facebook page, which has 2.2 million. Throughout her journey, Samantha has always expressed her gratitude to her fans for all their support. When she reached 100,000 YouTube subscribers, she created a gorgeous cover of Whitney Houston’s hit I Will Always Love You. Whitney’s voice was exceptional, so those are some big shoes to fill!
Samantha rises to the challenge magnificently. The power and control she displays are exceptional, especially since she wasn’t even twenty-five at the time. It is passionate and heartfelt, and hairs rise on the back of your neck as you listen. It’s no wonder it’s been viewed over six million times.
Once you’ve watched it, you’re sure to want to hear more of Samantha’s work. Why not take a look at where the magic started; her performance of Stay With Me. They’re both so amazing you’re sure to have them on heavy repeat from now on.