SAMANTHA NEWARK is best known for her beloved voice-over work as the speaking voices of “Jem” and “Jerrica” on the wildly popular cartoon series “Jem and the Holograms.” Samantha also landed a truly outrageous cameo for the live action feature film version on “Jem and the Holograms” directed by Jon Chu and starring Aubrey Peeples as “Jem”. The cast also includes Molly Ringwald and Juliette Lewis.
As a teenager, Sam became one of the most sought-after voice-over talents in mainstream television. Her work on “Jem” and voice-over roles on the original “Transformers” cartoon as the voices of “Elita One” aka “Ariel” the Pink Robot, the annoying school girl “Elise Presser,” and the voice of the Zamojin Empress thrust her into a type of international fame that has produced a serious cult following that persists to this day. Samantha also played the British voice of Peter Pan’s mother in the classic Steven Spielberg film “Hook” as well as lending her voice talent to many radio and TV projects while writing and performing her original music as a solo recording artist in Los Angeles, CA and Nashville, TN. Sam appeared on screen as Debbie in the 80s horror slasher cult classic “Summer Camp Nightmare.” Anime fans appreciate Sam’s contribution to the classic film Project AKO as singer on the film’s theme song.
Samantha’s original music and vocals can be heard on such hit TV shows as “Gossip Girl,” “Smallville,” “Hollywood Heights,” “America’s Next Top Model,” “The Ellen Show,” “Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami,” “Vampire Diaries,” “Laguna Beach,” “10 Things I Hate About You,” “My Super Sweet Sixteen,” and “Punked.” Samantha’s versitile and haunting Lisa Gerrard-esqe vocals have also been featured in blockbuster games titles such as “Twisted Metal Black,” “God of War,” “Everything or Nothing,” and “Wild Arms 3”.
In addition, Samantha was invited into the esteemed Leonard Cohen fold as a backup vocalist for a project in late 2006. She released a self-titled debut solo record in 2008 and followed up with her solo album “Somethin’ Good” in late 2011.
Now residing in Nashville, Sam maintains an avid rapport with her fans of “Jem and the Holograms” and “Transformers” and is invited to appear at pop-culture festivals all over the world. Most recently, Samantha finished narrating the audio book for “Square Zair Pair,” a children’s book from author Jase Peeples and illustrator Christine Knopp released in 2016. She also released her third self released Pop/electronica/dance album, Hologram, in late 2016.