The Meet & Greet: Samantha Marq, the Musician and the Heiress
Welcome back to Celebuzz’s Meet & Greet, where we talk with rising actors, musicians and entertainers before they hit it big. Watch out for these future A-listers!
The term “rookie” should not apply to Samantha Marq when it comes the music—the girl’s known it all her life! Her father, Michael Marquart, is a part of 80’s supergroup A Flock of Seagulls and owner of the prestigious Windmark Recording. Her song ‘Super Girl’ just debuted on E!’s The Dance Scene and her latest single ‘I Like to Party’ was produced by hit-makers The Cataracts.
Oh, did we forget to mention that Marq is also an heiress to the multi-billion dollar franchise SC Johnson?! By the looks for it, this blonde bombshell is poised for world domination!
Celebuzz recently caught up with Samantha to chat about her influential family, music, and hang outs with the one and only Justin Timberlake.
You actually have a very rich family history: Your great-great-great grandfather was the founder of SC Johnson. Your father played for A Flock of Seagulls and your mother is the president of the Johnson Family Foundation. What was it like growing up in that household with all that family history?
It was pretty regular actually. I mean, it was great that I was exposed to things that I probably wouldn’t normally be exposed to. It was a very great upbringing. My parents are amazing and raised me really well—which I’m forever thankful for. For the most part, they try to keep it as regular as possible and I’m pretty thankful for that.
What made you choose music over the family business?
I’m not so much choosing one over the other. Regardless of what I do, I’m always going to be involved in the family company—so that was never a choice for me. I’ll always want to be involved in the family but music has always been a passion of mine and something that has been a big part of my life. I just wanted to pursue that to see where it went and see where I can take it, I guess.
Was your father an influence in your choice to turn to music?
Of course, I grew up in the industry and it was around me at all times. At one point, we had a family band, which was kind of funny but it was short-lived. [Laughs] Music is a big part of our family and I was always recording in the studio with him so growing up around that definitely shaped my passion for music and kind of made me realize what I actually wanted to do.
Who are your other musical influences?
I have a lot of musical influences. I pretty much listen to every genre of music you can think of. I don’t try to discriminate that way. I try to find inspiration from whatever moves me and whatever music that I love. It’s hard to really pinpoint one specific thing or person that inspires my music just because it’s kind of coming from all direction.
Your approach to the music industry is very different from other artists. For instance, you started out studying Integrated Marketing Communications in university. Why were you drawn to earning a degree first before putting out any music?
It’s something that’s always been really important to me—having the college education. It’s a firm base to go off of regardless of what I do in life whether it’s music or something else. So, it was important for me to do that to protect myself. It puts myself in knowing what I was getting into in terms of the music business—to know as much as I possibly could about business in general and be more prepared in entering the entertainment business. As we all know, it’s kind of a very intense business when you’re not obviously prepared. Growing up, my dad always told me that I need to know what I’m getting into, be knowledgeable about everything possible, and just master everything that you’re doing.
Do you think it’s important for aspiring musicians to do the same?
Yeah, if it’s something that you’re able to do and that works for you in your life. I mean, an education is always important. It’s always going to help you regardless. Education is never going to hurt you. So yes, definitely. I think it’s important so you can be easily self-sustained so you don’t have to rely so much on people doing things for you, especially in this business where you can get hurt.
It was really great. Right off the bat, me and K.O. hit it off and we had a great writing chemistry together. It seemed like a perfect fit and we kind of just ran with it. I met him my freshman year at Pepperdine. We’ve been working together for a really long time now. We’ve kind of formed a really good partnership actually.
Are there any other artists or producers you’re dying to collaborate with?
I would love to work with Stevie Wonder or Timberland or Justin Timberlake, or even Nicki Minaj—I love Nicki Minaj right now. It’ll be fun with her, of course.
You mentioned Justin Timberlake and he actually recorded ‘Justified’ in your father’s recording studio. Did you manage to poke your head in and check things out?
Yeah, I did! I got to sit in for a little while. They had just finished recording ‘Like I Love You’ actually. They got to play it for me and Justin asked me what I thought. It was kind of really great. We just sat in there talking and feeling the whole situation out. I was pretty lucky to experience that.
Can you tell us a little bit about your latest video ‘I Like to Party’?
It was really great. We kind of wanted to keep it simple and do something really fun and easy as possible. ‘I Like to Party’ is a carefree song and it’s just about having fun—partying with your friends and having a good time, so that’s kind of what we wanted to show as a video. I think we accomplished that for sure.
Check out the music video above!
So we know you obviously like to party. What is the craziest party you’ve been to?
It was one year on Halloween—maybe four or five years ago—it was a huge party at the Rockstar energy drink mansion and it was the probably the most fun I’ve ever had. It was a crazy party! I was there with my best friend and it was so much fun. I can’t even explain it! It was wild!
Like what you hear? Pick up a copy of Samantha’s album, ‘The Evolution of Love in Dysfunction’!