The breakout star of NJPAC’s Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, Samara Joy has become a global jazz singing sensation. At only 24, her voice is wise beyond her years — a reincarnation of Sarah, Ella and Billie, with a special something all her own. She recently won three well-deserved GRAMMY® Awards: Best Jazz Vocal Album for Linger Awhile, Best New Artist of 2023, and Best Jazz Performance. The New York Times praises Samara for “helping jazz take a youthful turn,” while NPR calls her a “classic jazz singer from a new generation.” We’re certain we’ll be watching her soar for decades to come.


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