March 10, 2023: 23-year-old Bronx native Samara Joy, who recently took home awards for Best New Artist and Best Jazz Vocal Album at her first-ever GRAMMYs, has shared a piano-vocal duo version of “Guess Who I Saw Today.” The stripped-down rendition of the tune, which she performed with a full band on her latest studio album Linger Awhile, features four-time GRAMMY-nominated pianist Gerald Clayton.
Listen to “Guess Who I Saw Today (Duo Version),” out today, here.
Since Samara’s GRAMMY wins last month, Linger Awhile has been rapidly climbing the charts, hitting #1 on Amazon Best Sellers, Pandora Trendsetters, iTunes and Amazon’s digital-music and CD-sales, and more. She’s garnered nearly 2 billion views on TikTok, and her tour dates all over the world are selling out. Simultaneously notable artists like Sam Smith are calling her “my favourite female voice right now.”
Linger Awhile, out now on Verve, was recorded by Chris Allen and produced by Matt Pierson and features exemplary musicianship by Pasquale Grasso (guitar), Ben Paterson (piano), David Wong (double bass), and Kenny Washington (drums). The collection finds Samara Joy reinvigorating beloved songs and standards for a fresh audience with her timeless, irresistible sound. The tracklist is comprised of treasured songs by George Gershwin (“Someone To Watch Over Me”) and Thelonious Monk (“Round Midnight”), and also includes Samara’s original lyrics on Fats Navarro’s “Nostalgia (The Day I knew).”
Listen to Samara Joy’s GRAMMY-winning album Linger Awhile here.