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  • Writer's pictureAnna Robertson

Samantha Byron releases album on International Women’s Day

The title says it all. R.E.S.I.L.I.E.N.T. is the name of Samantha Byron’s first album, which tells the story of the challenges she has faced in her life and the grit and strength she has drawn on to overcome them.


Creating the album, “was a bucket list thing I wanted to do my whole life and didn’t for a number of reasons,” Byron explained. She said she chose to release the album on March 8, International Women’s Day, in hopes that her music might resonate with and even inspire other women as they face struggles in their own lives.


Byron, a bilingual Canadian singer-songwriter originally from Hull, now calls Farm Point in Chelsea home. Although she was always musical, because of her family’s strong religious beliefs which championed virtues like humility, singing and performing were strongly discouraged throughout her childhood. At the age of 23, she left an unhappy marriage and paid the price of being “shunned from everyone I had ever known in my life, including all of my family and friends,” she explained.


“I started fresh at 23, but it was a really tough haul. I was completely isolated. You’ve grown up in this religious bubble, so you don’t really understand how the world works,” Byron said. To help cope with the isolation and depression, she resumed songwriting and gradually started performing locally in choirs, bands, and theatrical productions.


In 2007, Byron took a break from performing to focus on the birth of her daughter and subsequently launched her new career as a corporate speaker and certified life coach. All the while, she continued to compose and write songs.


The creation of R.E.S.I.L.I.E.N.T. “has been a big vulnerable step for me,” Byron said, adding that she still struggles to combat the voices from her past, which told her she wasn’t talented and shouldn’t showcase herself.


The 10-song album, which features Byron singing accompanied by producer and musical partner David Campbell, weaves through the narrative of her life story, addressing emotions, including “loneliness, anger, intense sorrow, and rebirth,” she explained.


Byron will be turning 50 this year and the “bucket list” album was prompted in part as an example to her 15-year-old daughter of demonstrating courage. “I can’t very well tell her to go out there and follow her dreams and take risks if I’m not doing it myself. I have to lead by example, and this is scary for me,” she admitted.


Byron commented that music and performing is often considered to be a “young person’s thing,” but noted that women “don’t die at middle age. I’m kind of sending the message: ‘Well, no, here I am; I’m going to be 50 years old and I’m doing this now.’”


“The Elk”, the first song Byron released from the album, outlines the story of her life and is about “letting go of the fears, people, and old stories that no longer serve us in life, and finding our own way,” she explained.


The track “Empowered Women” encourages women to champion each other.

“It’s not just doing things on our own, but it’s being there for one another and supporting each other and not being in a place of comparison and judgement,” Byron commented, adding that she hopes it resonates with women with its release on International Women’s Day.


“There’s kind of a path for women our age, which often involves career and motherhood and not much else,” she observed. She said she hopes her album can inspire women to allow themselves to be vulnerable and follow their creative passions, regardless of how old they are.


“I’m proud of this. I really am,” Byron reflected. The album has been a long time coming. Part creative pursuit and part “my own therapy,” she said she is excited to finally be “just putting the music out there.”


For more information about Byron and to listen to R.E.S.I.L.I.E.N.T. go to samanthabyron.com.

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