Samara Joy is an American an American jazz singer. In 2021, she released her self-titled debut album and was subsequently named Best New Artist by JazzTimes. Her second album, Linger Awhile, reached number one on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. At the 2023 Grammy Awards, she won the awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best New Artist. Her samarajoysings TikTok account, where she shares highlights from her music career, has gained upwards of 650K followers. She released a number of viral video performances, including one that had been viewed more than 1.5 million times. Her 2023 single “Tight” won Best Jazz Performance at the following ceremony. Samara collaborated with Gerald Clayton on “Sweet Pumpkin (Duo Version).”

Birth Name

Samara Joy McLendon






Jazz, Soul, R&B, Gospel




Verve, Whirlwind



Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Samara Joy was born on the 11th of November 1999, in Bronx, New York, United States.


She’s currently 24 years old.

Sun Sign








Samara completed her high school at Fordham High School for Arts. Later she enrolled at Fordham University where she won the “Essential Ellington Competition”.

Family Details

  • Father – Antonio Charles McLendon
  • Mother – Unknown
  • Siblings – Zachery McLendon (Sister)

Marital Status


Boyfriend / Spouse

Samara Joy has dated –

Samara has largely opted to keep her personal life away from the public spotlight, which makes it difficult for us to say anything about her love life and dating history.

Physical Statistics


  • In feet – 5 feet 6 inches
  • In centimeters – 167 cm
  • In meters – 1.67 m


  • In Kilograms – 60 kg
  • In Pounds – 132 lbs

Body Measurements

  • Measurements – 34-30-36
  • Bust – 34 inches
  • Waist – 30 inches
  • Hip – 36 inches
  • Bra Size – 33B

Body Build


Eye Color


Hair Color


Shoe Size

She wears a size 8 (US) shoe.

Dress Size

Her dress size is 6 (US).



Professional Statistics

Famous For

Samara became known after appearing as an American jazz singer who rose to fame on the back of her 2021 self-titled debut album. In 2022, She followed up with Linger Awhile, which won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album. She also won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist that same year.

As a Singer

Joy first encountered jazz in a meaningful way when she enrolled in the jazz program at SUNY’s Purchase College as a voice major, and was named an Ella Fitzgerald Scholar. In 2019, as Samara McLendon, she won the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition.

Samara Joy Net worth

Samara Joy has an estimated net worth of $4 million dollars as of 2024.

Social Media Profiles

Some Lesser Known Facts About Samara Joy

  • Joy was born into a musical family. Her paternal grandparents, Elder Goldwire and Ruth McLendon, were founders of Philadelphia gospel group The Savettes. Her grandfather, Elder Goldwire McLendon was also a finalist on season 3 of BET’s Gospel Talent show Sunday Best.
  • Her father—a vocalist and bass player who has toured with gospel musician Andraé Crouch —introduced her to gospel greats such as The Clark Sisters, and soul and Motown music.
  • Samara first encountered Jazz, when she enrolled in the Jazz program at SUNY’s Purchase College as a voice major. Her friends introduced her to a great Jazz vocalist with whom she continued singing.
  • In 2019, she was the winner of the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal competition.
  • In 2021, she released her album, Samara Joy working with producer and her manager Matt Pierson.
  • In the same year she was featured in the Women of Color on Broadway, music video Summertime and on Jazz pianist Julius Rodriguez’s album Let Sound Tell All. Samara was named Best New Artist for that year.
  • In 2022, she performed on Today with guitarist Pasquale Grasso. The same year she released her second Album Linger Awhile for which she earned two nominations for Best New Artist and Best Jazz Vocal Album.
  • In 2023, Samara was nominated and won two awards at the Grammy Awards: Best Jazz Vocal Album for Linger Awhile and Best New Artist.


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