It’s springtime, and there is no person that embodies spring more than the lovely Sam Shelton. She is busy, beautiful, and literally full of life (read on to see how that is appropriate use of the word literal). You’ve already seen her video for “Over You” here on HelloGiggles. Her new album Reservoir, produced by Ben Lee, is out now!
Watch her go BADASS with a bump in her brand new video for “Dizzy”!
Fun fact #1: This video was directed by Sam’s husband, Steven Davis, writer for Bob’s Burgers.
Fun Fact #2: That is a 6 months pregnant belly in those hot stretch pants and heels! Beyonce much?
Fun Fact #3: Girl. Power.
Fun Fact #4: You are seeing it here, FIRST!
Sam is an L.A. based singer, songwriter, and actress.. She is a strong, talented, funny and sweet; someone anyone would want as a BFF. After breaking into the acting world, she got her start in the Los Angeles music scene in cabaret band, The Pretty Babies with HelloGiggles’ very own Zooey Deschanel. She recorded her first full-length album Are You Kidding Around in 2009; followed by two EP’s, Cranky Moon and Sea Legs. She also recorded “The Man With The Big Sombrero” for Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds Grammy nominated Soundtrack. Reservoir is her second full-length album, and it is the perfect soundtrack to welcome spring… And summer… And fall… And winter. Not to play favorites, but “Break Into Me” and “Evening Wear” are quite dazzling.
I caught up with Sam to ask a few questions and enjoyed learning about her childhood in Eagle Rock (before it was cool), her biggest creation yet (can you name a baby “Rainbow Colors Bones Davis”?), and her obsession with The Bachelor (seriously obsessed). Check it out, and check out her tunes! You are going to fall for Sam Shelton!
What was your childhood like? What was mini Sam Shelton like?
I had a great childhood growing up on the east side in Eagle Rock, before it was so hipster. I loved roller blading, jumping on my trampoline, doing theatre, going to the movies and reading. Basically I was a dork, but weren’t we all? I have three older sisters and our house had one bathroom…in the 80’s… it was chaos. I learned how to fend for myself.
When and how did you start making music? Were you surprised when that beautiful voice first came out of your mouth?
Well, my whole family is musical and we would all sing together all the time, especially in the car. Harmonizing was just a normal part of our everyday life. My sister Erin is an amazing singer, trained in opera and jazz, so to me, she was the singer in the family and I was the theatre nerd. When Zooey Deschanel and I formed The Pretty Babies in the early 2000’s and we started doing our live shows, that’s when I gained confidence and became really passionate about pursuing music alongside acting.
What are you really excited about right now (hehe I bet I know)?
Oh, could it be the human BABY growing inside my body right this minute?? I am SO excited. He is very active, kicking me all the time, just like his father… ha. It’s very surreal and a bit like ALIEN, but I absolutely love it. It was so fun to film the video for “Dizzy” and completely rock the bump. We have no official name yet, so we go by what my 3 year old niece calls him: “Rainbow Colors Bones Davis”. Oh and, for the record, milkshakes. I always want milkshakes.
What inspires you the most?
In general, I’m inspired by witty people. Laughing gets my juices flowing. That, and taking long walks in the hills and being close to nature. When I write, it usually starts in my imagination and spreads outward. Making up a line, or a story, warms me up and helps encourage a deeper truth to emerge. Also, being happily married, I definitely pay close attention to the crazy love lives of my single girlfriends!
Tons of friends or a few BFFs?
Both! I am lucky to have a large circle of great friends that I’ve known for a long time now, which is rare in a city like LA. On the other side I do have my BFF’s that I hold super close to my heart.
Lipstick or eyeliner?
Lipstick! I’ve never successfully self applied a liquid liner cat-eye, though Lord knows I have tried.
What is your strangest hobby or habit?
Probably my obsession with The Bachelor. At this point, it’s definitely both a hobby and a habit!
When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
About two months ago. I don’t even remember exactly what it was about. Something totally random that no one else would find funny at all completely set me off. That’s pregnancy hormones for you! I think my hubby took a pic… I’ll try to find it.
Okay, you know that, who would you f%$#, marry, kill game? How about who would you duet, learn from, rap battle?
Greatest game ever.
Duet: My picks would be Linda Ronstadt, Thom Yorke, Adele, Feist, Nat King Cole, and Beyonce because I just want to hang out with Beyonce.
Learn from: All of the above, plus Jesus, Dolly Parton, Eckhart Tolle, Meryl Streep, Ray Kurzweil, Carly Simon, Desmond Tutu, the great Teacher within, my past mistakes, and on and on…
Rap Battle: All of the above, plus my husband who actually put out rap records back in the day as Deerflesh MC. He probably wants a rematch from our wedding reception when I completely destroyed him in an ultimate freestyle battle…like a Boss.
Describe the person who would love your music?
Everyone! At least I hope so. 🙂 If you like super catchy songs that are a little bit sweet, a little bit salty, a little bit sentimental, and a little bit feisty… if you like to sing in the shower or in your car at the top of your lungs…if you ever feel sassy or fed up or confused or amused… then you will love my music!
Listen to “Break Into Me”
Follow Sam on Twitter
Check out her website for more videos and music!
Image via Sneak Attack Media