All things considered, growing up in a musical family should have meant that Samara Joy would grow up to pursue music too.

And so she did. The Bronx native has musical roots to Philadelphia through her paternal grandparents, Elder Goldwire and Ruth McLendon, founders of the well-known Philadelphia-based gospel group, The Savettes. Another inspiration came from her father, who toured with the renowned gospel artist Andrae Crouch.

“Growing up, my home was always filled with music, from the sounds of my father’s and grandparents’ songs, to many gospel and R&B artists, including Stevie Wonder, Kim Burrell, George Duke and many, many other stars of the day,” she recalls.

And so

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