In our filtered social media world, Samantha Joy Pearlman is a breath of fresh air, with her truthful and raw storytelling through song. ‘Bedfellow’ is a refreshingly honest breakup ballad – a song for people who miss someone they once loved and let go. The song is Pearlman’s lyrical love letter to someone she loved and lost, as well as an homage to Burt Bacharach & Elvis Costello.
The new track is taken from Atonement, Samantha’s debut EP. The record is a retrospective of a young woman at a crossroads: will she hold onto the good little girl she’s always been or confront the parts of herself she spent her youth running away from?
When asked about the EP, Samantha said: “Atonement is for the girl who only knew what she knew. With this EP, I hope to give grace to my listeners as they navigate the painful realization of being flawed and capable of mistakes. We all can transform the ugliness of growing up into beauty and self-love in our adult self. Curl up with, make love to, cry heaving sobs, and shake your booty to this record. Atonement gave me permission to heal, and I hope it inspires you to do the same.”
Take a listen to ‘Bedfellow’, below…
Samantha Joy Pearlman discovered her love of songwriting as she went through a string of heartbreaks: the breakup from her first love, the passing of her stepfather, and embarrassing mistakes in the throngs of grief and growing up. In the chaos of her “Saturn Returning,” she wrote songs to process the emotional turmoil of maturation and inevitable change. With the help of her friends, Andrew Fox and Graham Richman, along with 160 backers on Kickstarter, Samantha created 2 EPs documenting the end of her 20s and starting a new chapter of artistic expression.
Samantha is no stranger to the stage. As an actress, playwright, and singer, she has performed all over the globe, from NYC to Shanghai to Prague. After performing an evening of Regina Spektor’s music at 54 Below, Samantha became increasingly inspired by female singer/songwriters like Spektor, Sara Bareilles, Emily King, Lady Gaga and Esperanza
With these two EPs, Samantha steps into her power as a vocalist and writer, singing with a new sense of agency and freedom.