Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh, India
Samsaya or Sampda Sharma by birth name was born in Hamirpur, North-India. She lived in India with her family and moved to Oslo at the age of only eleven months. In Norway she grew up on Ellingsrud in Oslo. She went to Ellingsrudåsen skole and played football.
Growing up she was influenced by Hip-hop and listened to Public Enemy. She appeared with her first band at the age of nineteen. After several years of making music with other urban musicians in Oslo, she got her breakthrough as an actress in the Norwegian movies, Folk flest bor i Kina, the horror movie Villmark and Hawaii Oslo.
In 2004 she released her debut album Shedding Skin. She also gave out a video to the hit track "Ever been had?". After touring the whole of Norway she took a break and a couple of years later she set off to New York. After spending a year in New York, she launced her single "Special blend" by Prayon, in collaboration with Levi's Norway.
In 2008 she released a new single called "Change" Produced by Andre Lindal & Geir Hvidsten which went straight into second place on the Norwegian singles chart, VG-lista. She was then signed to Bonnier Amigo, the same record label as Madcon, Paperboys and Mira Craig.
Her track "Dodge it" (Eve Nelson/Samsaya) was in the two times Oscar-nominated movie, The Wrestler starring Mickey Rourke. In 2009 she released the two singles "Money" Produced by Jarl Aanestad & Co-produced by Andre Lindal and "ADHD" produced by Jarl Aanestad.
Movies and television
Samsaya has had several roles in Norwegian movies. She has also been on several Norwegian shows on television and radio. In 2008 Samsaya was a VJ on the program 'Topp 10' on the TV Music Channel - The Voice TV Norway. The popular show was seen by Norwegian teenagers on weekdays.
In 2009, Samsaya has been on the front cover of magazines such as Henne and TV shows such as the Norwegian version of The Clash of the Choirs, "4-stjerners middag halv åtte" on TV Norge and "Zebra Grand Prix" on TV2.
Samsaya loves Norwegian design and was nominated in the category for this year's ambassador, "Årets ambassadør 2009", at Oslo Fashion Week. She was also a member of jury for the Norwegian fashion awards, "Nåløyet 2008".
|2012||Breaking Bad||Single track|
|2010||Good With the Bad||Single track|
|2009||ADHD (love me) / (love me not) ( Lindal / Steimler / Aanestad / Samsaya)||Single track|
|2009||Money (Lindal / Aanestad / Samsaya)||Single track|
|2008||Change (Lindal / Hvidsten, Nelson & Samsaya)||Single track|
|2008||Dodge it (Nelson / Samsaya)||Soundtrack from The Wrestler|
|2007||Special Blend (Prayon)||Released with Levi's Norway|
|2003||Feel What I Feel - Oslo Fluid feat. Samsaya||Single track|
|2008||Varg Veum Begravde hunder||Film (Norwegian)||Alex|
|2006||Jul i Svingen||Barne-Tv (Norwegian)||Dyrlege|
|2005||Hawaii, Oslo||Film (Norwegian)|
|2003||Villmark||Film (Norwegian, Thriller)||Sara|
|2002||Folk flest bor i Kina||Film (Norwegian)||Gunn - Segment 'RV'|
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