The San Francisco Examiner's wrote:
From New York to L.A. to San Francisco, "Sam" has been established as one of the few true cabaret stars in the country. Her many awards include Cabaret Gold, DramaLogue, Cable Car, Dean Goodman Choice honors, a Shellie Award nomination, citations from the City of San Francisco, the Key to the City of Houston as 'Goodwill Ambassador'; and recognitions for her tireless efforts on behalf of both AIDS Fundraising and The Contra Costa Stand Against Domestic Violence.
"...Sam is one of the most distinctive and bright
performers I've reviewed in a quarter century."
The Hollywood Reporter called her "A Golden Voice."
The Toronto Star called her "Brilliant"
The New York Post called her "Magnetic"
The Philadelphia Inquirer called her "One of the best entertainers you'll ever see!"
Sweden's Dagbladet proclaimed "Sam Lights Up The World!"
Internationally, she has performed for the Royal Family in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia; by invitation of the U.S. Embassy in Brussels; at Malmo's famed Stadsteatren in Sweden; by special request of Baroness de Rothschild; and throughout Canada. She has also been a regular Headliner on the RSVP Cruises, which has taken her to Mexico, Alaska, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean.
In theatre, she was cast in the National Touring Company of the Tony Award-winning Nine - The Musical. She is best known for her role as 'Edith Piaf' in the Award-winning musical 'Piaf, No Regrets', which defined her as one of the country's premier interpreters of that musical genre, and for her Award-Winning "Rodgers & Hammerstein ... With Hart!" throughout the country.
In concert, she was a 'regular' Opening Act for Joan Rivers during Joan's 'West Coast Years', and went on to share stages with other headliners including Howie Mandel, The Smothers Brothers, and Alan King. In countless concerts and benefits throughout the country, she has shared stages with such forces as Patty Duke, Ben Vereen, Harvey Fierstein and Toni Tennille. She appeared at San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts along with Guest Stars Bonnie Raitt, her father John Raitt, and Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker. Recently in Los Angeles, she was featured in David Galligan's production of Loesser Is More, and in San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center with Robin Williams and Bill Irwin in Not The Same Old Song & Dance.
Her recordings feature the songs of her longtime collaborative team of Eric Vetro and Steven Shore. In the world of children's music, she created the innovative Samantha Samuels' Kabaret for Kids production, with the recorded version made available in the California Public Libraries and in the Early Childhood.com Education Catalogue. Her recordings include Samantha Samuels...All Dressed Up, Simply Sam, and Kabaret for Kids, all on the ESSES Records label.