UM Student Jolene Samhan releases her debut single: February 1st

Posted On February 8, 2021

Singer/songwriter, Jolene Samhan is bringing a fresh taste of music to the world all the way from a tiny island in the Mediterranean called Gozo. Born and raised in Nadur with Brazilian, Palestinian and a German-Polish background, she does not only look the part but she is definitely ambitious to produce a unique sound as she enters the music industry bound to be one of Malta’s strongest and loudest voices.

Artwork by Riccardo Gatt Ellis

Jolene’s professional singing career jump-started by being one of DCapitals Big Band’s resident singer. The 15-piece brass band gave her the opportunity to perform in various locations on the islands as well as abroad.

Her first taste of producing music was through Place in collaboration with Micimago and Shaun Axiaq where she featured as a singer and songwriter for the production. This led to win the Lovin Music Award for Best Dance Track 2019 while also being nominated for Best Song of the Year.

Jolene’s involvement in Spazju Kreattiv’s song writing program allowed her to really consider what music she wanted to produce. She started to experiment with constructing songs, reverting back to her home piano amidst the pandemic. Music flowed out of her like an unconscious stream. This was the birth of Jolene’s first original song: February 1st.

February 1st was also a moment of realisation in Jolene’s musical career back in 2020 where she came to a point of self-questioning her ambitions and aims in her musical career.

I was having a really intense conversation with someone very close to me and they really opened my eyes to thoughts I knew I was subconsciously pre-occupied about but never really strived hard enough to deal with. I believe so much in the Maltese phrase ‘Tahsad dak li tizra’ which means that you only get what you want if you work for it. I finally took the first step and that was spending some intimate time at the piano.

Singer/Songwriter, Jolene Samhan

The song writing program by Spazju Kreattiv lead her to working with renowned songwriter/producer Matthew James Borg. Jolene wrote the lyrics whilst Matthew and Micimago produced the song. It is available on all streaming platforms: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/jolenesamhan/february-1st?fbclid=IwAR2EqDlwkGmI9z3eFabz5iSrUDEKzQdn7fd8xxgEB54lyk2m0CVGL2MQLBo and music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tqaFa1_Pt8)

However, Jolene’s talent is not enough. Her love for music and passion as a stage performer is what makes her stand out. Jolene’s onstage presence emits an energy like no other – she’s a star on the rise.

I will have to admit that when I was asked this question I got a bit anxious because to describe such an intricate relationship is not entirely easy. I would have to say that music has constantly pushed me beyond mental limits I set myself, even more so now. I cried with it as much as it has brought me joy. I have carried this strong passion in me for music all my life and yet again I fall short of words to describe my absolute appreciation for it. I’d like to think that is an explanation in itself.

Singer/Songwriter, Jolene Samhan

Follow her for more:

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/jolene.samhan/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/jolene.samhan/

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/artist/2D3uRtwQLV5DmDWTxZnpC7?si=KaeGtvJuQfGtFj7RwrLLVA

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYEypPknuE_IhwQMSLlaktQ

This project would have not been possible without the help of so many great people I have had the pleasure on working with. I would like to start by thanking Matthew James Borg at SongSmith for filming and producing the music video as well as producing the song along with Micimago. Riccardo Gatt Ellis for taking care of all the artwork designs. Thank you to the hair, make-up and photography team respectively; Belmont Hairdressing, Charlene Veras and Camil Lamer. A great thank you goes to Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa, Malta for allowing us to film the music video on sight. Finally, but definitely not least, a very warm-hearted thank you goes to Caroline Curmi for being such a great artistic director and helping hand, Coco Baker, Joscelyn Atzori and Joanne Xuereb.

Singer/Songwriter, Jolene Samhan

Written by Insite Malta

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