Samantha Gibb understands the power of song. She has lived every day of her life surrounded by music. With each passing year, her personal interest in creating, collaborating, and mastering the art form of songwriting became a perseverant quest to nurture her natural talent. Her journey of life experiences positions her well to continue making a mark, and in turn establishing a personal legacy amongst a deeply loved and respected pantheon of Gibbs.
The 32 year-old singer-songwriter and bandleader shares, “I learned music from my father.
He was a huge part of the beginning for me. He really taught me about the fundamentals for creating great music.” As Maurice introduced his daughter’s cognitive sense of melody and tune, they began to collaborate together. Although he passed in 2003, the Bee Gee and Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer was, and remains to this day, a powerful source of inspiration for the artist. Her memories and early understudy will impact her music sensibilities as inspiration forever. Gibb shares, “Working with my father was inspirational, He was into many varieties of music, like us, so, working with him encouraged our diverse and versatile repertoire.”
In the year’s just prior to the turn of the century while working with her father, she met Lazaro Rodriquez. A decade and a half later, he remains her guitar player and writing partner. When Maurice passed they maintained his home studio together and started M.E.G. Productions, Inc. in tribute to his name. The songs began to take flight, and with Rodriguez’s former band in tow, they began playing out regularly. Gibb recalls, “We became musical soul mates very quickly. When we played or wrote, it flowed, and it was natural. That never went away. Now, we enjoy writing with others, but we will always write together.”
The band set roots, and enjoyed a number of years of success in the Florida scene. Towards 2006 the band was feeling stagnant, and on the recommendation of then managers Doc and Scott McGhee, Samantha, Lazaro and bassist Nick Sallons relocated to Nashville on an interim basis to check it out. Gibb remembers, “We went, we saw and we fell in love.” In addition to collaborating on songs, congregating in the scene, and playing out, they expanded the production company opening the studio to other artists. Gibb reflects, “We had some cool musicians roll through like Cage The Elephant, Erin MacCarley, and great friend Jeremy Lister. We lived and played in Nashville for about five years until 2010, and they were great years.”
Inspired by their discoveries, and the sheer mass of talent they continually encountered, Gibb and the band produced a documentary to share with The World. Titled, “A Nashville State of Mind.” The film screened at thirteen festivals worldwide, winning Best International Music Documentary at the LA/NY International Independent Film and Music Festival. While in the midst of this creative tsunami, they changed their name from M.E.G. to Samantha Gibb and The Cartel. The moniker was coined organically as friends and musicians started using it whenever they went anywhere. Gibb shares, “The name seemed suitable since it means individual forces coming together for the same cause. We liked that.
In 2010, Samantha Gibb and The Cartel toured the U.K. and Scotland. The excursion reaffirmed one of the singer’s core ethos – You Can Do It Yourself. Booked, and managed autonomously, it was a poignant moment for Gibb who reflects, “I learned a lot about the business of things. It doesn’t allow you a lot of time to be a musician or artist, but you get the job done. Well, to a degree…” The tour received raves, with Music Week exclaiming, “Samantha Gibb steps out of the shadows of her father Maurice to produce four tracks of Americana-tinged pop that conjures up hot, late nights with tequila. If the album doesn’t get you humming, you need your pulse checking.” Following the U.K. run, the band also toured the U.S. In 2011, and once home after much reflection the decision was made to relocate the studio from Nashville to Miami Beach. With five releases offered, the band’s discography was beginning to take shape. Songs were connecting with listeners across The Globe, and after the years of creative immersion and effort, Gibb could only smile knowing You Can Do It Yourself.
When back in Florida, she performed with her uncle Barry Gibb at his Love and Hope Ball, and then a few days later on February 21st at his first solo concert in the U.S. They sang “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart,” with Barry’s son Steve also on stage as lead guitarist. She joined her uncle on his Mythology Tour of Australia and New Zealand this past February, and is getting ready for the UK and Ireland this September and October. She has a keen sense of the importance of family and shares, “I get to share the stage with my family and sing and learn from one of the greatest singer/songwriters of our times.”
This year she released her new EP “Saturday Night” and will continue touring with her uncle with plans to continue writing and surrounding herself with other songwriters.