THANK YOU TO THE FANS!!!

You have been with me on such a crazy, wacky, wonderful journey all these years. 

 I really do relate to my roles on JEM. 

I'm Jerrica Benton, business woman, creating and running all that goes on behind the scenes, wearing a million and one hats and pretending like I know what I'm doing. 

Then I get to put on my makeup and hair, roll out my swagger in some sparkly heels, throw some glitter, crank the music and walk out on stage, much like Jem!! 

As many in entertainment will tell you, this is a journey of huge peaks and valleys, feast and famine. It's not an industry for the faint of heart and you have to be in it for the long run.

You will encounter a ton of in your face rejection of your talent In a business that offers no real formula for success. You'll meet magical peers, your tribe who are walking the same path but also many Misfits and Eric Raymonds along the way who would just love to see you fail. Be ready to leap into the void, and take huge risks. It will require a ton of courage or crazy, maybe a little of both because you never know what is over the next horizon. 

Be boundlessly in love with what you do like the deepest  most beautiful breath in your lungs, something "You literally CAN'T NOT do".

It is true for me and the one thing that has sustained me

and then there are YOU GUYS!!

I can't even begin to tell you what your love and encouragement has meant to me over the years, I'm so honored and grateful. My heart could burst sometimes, I'm incredibly humbled. It inspires me to wake up every day and keep creating, growing and sharing my gifts.

 

I wanted to have the following galleries on my website of some of my Truly Outrageous adventures over the last few years. I hope you may find yourself in some of the photos here and the ones yet to come.

Thank you, 

You have my heart!! 

 

Love always, Sam xo

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  • Crystal

    Crystal Elizabethtown, KY

    Thank you for being a great part in my life. I now can share this experience with my little sister and she loves it as much as I do, we play with the dolls together LOL, I'm so excited to hear the music you have created, Good luck in all that you do. ttfn:)

    Thank you for being a great part in my life. I now can share this experience with my little sister and she loves it as much as I do, we play with the dolls together LOL, I'm so excited to hear the music you have created, Good luck in all that you do. ttfnsmile

  • Patricia

    Patricia Chicago, Il

    Hello Samantha!! I watched Jem when i was a kid and loved the show. The cartoon was brought up when someone in my school showed the same interest of the show. Your voice is very very beautiful. I never heard a pure voice like yours. You have a true gift and thank you for the childhood memories. I love to try and draw Jem and the hologram characters and it inspired my dream to draw for a life career. You made such a big difference, thanks again.

    Hello Samantha!! I watched Jem when i was a kid and loved the show. The cartoon was brought up when someone in my school showed the same interest of the show. Your voice is very very beautiful. I never heard a pure voice like yours. You have a true gift and thank you for the childhood memories. I love to try and draw Jem and the hologram characters and it inspired my dream to draw for a life career. You made such a big difference, thanks again.

  • Jonathan

    Jonathan Anaheim, CA

    Hey there, I want to thank you for actually responding, that shows a great amount of integrity. And I was ecstatic that you replied. I was just wondering how you got started voice acting. I can't even find an agency out here. I keep listening to your music and find myself knowing the songs by heart. I hope that there are plans to bring that music out in stores. Because I can't wait to support you by buying copies for me my family and friends. Thanks, with love and support in everything you do.

    Hey there, I want to thank you for actually responding, that shows a great amount of integrity. And I was ecstatic that you replied. I was just wondering how you got started voice acting. I can't even find an agency out here. I keep listening to your music and find myself knowing the songs by heart. I hope that there are plans to bring that music out in stores. Because I can't wait to support you by buying copies for me my family and friends. Thanks, with love and support in everything you do.

  • Phil

    Phil San Jose

    I just wanted to wish you good luck with your music. I can't wait to hear. Best wishes!!!!

    I just wanted to wish you good luck with your music. I can't wait to hear. Best wishes!!!!

  • Charlie

    Charlie UK

    It's so nice to get to know the woman behind one of my favourite characters, JEM. I got into the show when it aired on UK Gold in the early 1990's and have am still a fan today. I had no idea you were a singer and I can't wait to hear your music. The only thing I need to know now is, how can I get our autograph? ;)

    It's so nice to get to know the woman behind one of my favourite characters, JEM. I got into the show when it aired on UK Gold in the early 1990's and have am still a fan today. I had no idea you were a singer and I can't wait to hear your music. The only thing I need to know now is, how can I get our autograph? wink

  • ODY

    ODY USA

    I was just curious if there are any guys out there that watched Jem and the holograms when they were little. It was clever to show Jem in between cartoons targeted for boys...Was it Voltron and then Jem or Jem and then Voltron? LOL I sure miss The 80's. Gotta love the 80's. Oh and Miss Newark, I love your voice.:D

    I was just curious if there are any guys out there that watched Jem and the holograms when they were little. It was clever to show Jem in between cartoons targeted for boys...Was it Voltron and then Jem or Jem and then Voltron? LOL I sure miss The 80's. Gotta love the 80's. Oh and Miss Newark, I love your voice.biggrin

  • Zelda

    Zelda Corpus Christi, Texas

    Hey everyone!! I was so excited to find this site on Samantha Newark. I can't tell you enough how much of an idol she is to me. I began singing because of Jem and the holograms and I always wanted to be just like her, don't worry I know she was animated, but I always found joy in having all the Jem and the holograms products. I love singing and I am known in my city by many people and I owe that to Samantha Newark. Thanks so much for being an inspiration to me with your character and to so many who will always remember you. Please continue your hard work on your music and voice-over career, I can not wait to get a copy of your new CD. Thanks :) Zelda;)

    Hey everyone!! I was so excited to find this site on Samantha Newark. I can't tell you enough how much of an idol she is to me. I began singing because of Jem and the holograms and I always wanted to be just like her, don't worry I know she was animated, but I always found joy in having all the Jem and the holograms products. I love singing and I am known in my city by many people and I owe that to Samantha Newark. Thanks so much for being an inspiration to me with your character and to so many who will always remember you. Please continue your hard work on your music and voice-over career, I can not wait to get a copy of your new CD. Thanks smile Zeldawink

  • Attorney

    Attorney Springfield, MA

    You don't know me and we won't work together. I am committed to managing only one performer. But, I thought I'd give you this very sincere plug: You did some session work which ended up on 3 or 4 demoes pitched to my client, a Canadian recording artist. I listened to hundreds of tracks when we were picking songs for my client's CD. You were , by far, the best...or should I be more subjective and say...the most interesting and talented singer I heard in that massive pile of CD-R's in my basement, bar none. Other singers could learn a few things (The art of phrasing and singing with intention) by listening to you. I should think it is ineveitable you find great success, and I wish all the best as it comes to you. No reply necessary or expected. Thank You.

    You don't know me and we won't work together. I am committed to managing only one performer. But, I thought I'd give you this very sincere plug: You did some session work which ended up on 3 or 4 demoes pitched to my client, a Canadian recording artist. I listened to hundreds of tracks when we were picking songs for my client's CD. You were , by far, the best...or should I be more subjective and say...the most interesting and talented singer I heard in that massive pile of CD-R's in my basement, bar none. Other singers could learn a few things (The art of phrasing and singing with intention) by listening to you. I should think it is ineveitable you find great success, and I wish all the best as it comes to you. No reply necessary or expected. Thank You.

  • Thary

    Thary Rochester, NY

    Watching your interview on the Rhino Jem DVD, and now all your youtube video's when you talk, I like to close my eyes and see Jem/Jerrica speaking. It's fascinating for me to see the voice of a well loved cartoon character. Jem had such a positive influence on young girls, and the fantasy element of the show also sparked our imaginations. What I'd give for a pair of hologram projecting earings! Thanks you for providing your voice for one of the most memorable shows I've ever seen.

    Watching your interview on the Rhino Jem DVD, and now all your youtube video's when you talk, I like to close my eyes and see Jem/Jerrica speaking. It's fascinating for me to see the voice of a well loved cartoon character. Jem had such a positive influence on young girls, and the fantasy element of the show also sparked our imaginations. What I'd give for a pair of hologram projecting earings! Thanks you for providing your voice for one of the most memorable shows I've ever seen.

  • Tania

    Tania Elmhurst, NY

    Hi, I want to tell yo how much I love JEM, I am 32 years old and still remember jem, i have a 3 year old daughter named jennifer and she loves jem she watches her dvd every day and i can't wait to get her the new one. i wish jem dolls were re-released.love always Tania truly outrageous!!:)

    Hi, I want to tell yo how much I love JEM, I am 32 years old and still remember jem, i have a 3 year old daughter named jennifer and she loves jem she watches her dvd every day and i can't wait to get her the new one. i wish jem dolls were re-released.love always Tania truly outrageous!!smile