Soulé (singer)

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Soulé in 2022
Soulé in 2022
Background information
Born (1995-01-04) 4 January 1995 (age 28)
London, England
OriginBalbriggan, Ireland
Years active2016 (2016)–present
WebsiteOfficial website

Samantha Kay, known professionally as Soulé (Stylised as SOULÉ, born 4 January 1995), is an Irish singer-songwriter who was born in London but raised in Dublin

Early life[edit]

Soulé was born Samantha Kay in London, England to Congolese parents from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The family moved to Ireland and settled in Balbriggan, County Dublin when Soulé was 12.[1][2] She attended the Loreto school in Balbriggan. She auditioned for The X-Factor in the UK at age 16, but did not progress through to the television show.[3][4] In her early years, she was involved in music and performing arts in the Foróige youth club in the town, and was mentored by Messiah J.[5] She was involved in organising the Nitrogen music festival in the town. She received a degree in Tourism from the Dublin Institute of Technology.[1][6][7]


Soulé's singing was spotted online by a Dublin musician, Precious, in 2015 and she was invited to feature on a song he was recording at an experimental production house in Dublin. This is the studio in which Soulé has produced all of her music. She released her first single, "Love No More", in September 2016.[1] Her music has been described as "fun R'n'B", taking inspiration from the genre in the 1990s.[8]

Her singles "Love No More"[6] and "Troublemaker" were nominated for the Choice Music Awards' Song of the Year in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Her single "Love Tonight" featuring C Cane, was played on each episode of Love Island in 2019.[9][5][10][11] This single was also nominated for the Choice Music Awards' 2019 Song of the Year and was the biggest song by an Irish female artist that same year.[12] She was named one of RTÉ 2fm's Rising Stars in 2019.[13]

She performed at Eurosonic in 2018, and has featured at Electric Picnic, Longitude, and Forbidden Fruit music festivals in Ireland.[6] She was one of the acts featured at the Love Sensation festival in Royal Hospital Kilmainham,[14] the 2fm Christmas Ball in the 3Arena,[5][15] and on The Late Late Show in 2019.[16] She regularly performs with a dj.[1] She collaborated with Sorcha Richardson and Elaine Mai on the single "Butterflies" in 2019 as part of the Three Ireland Made by Music campaign.[17]

In 2020, Soulé was part of an Irish collective of female singers and musicians called Irish Women in Harmony, that recorded a version of the Cranberries song "Dreams" in aid of the charity SafeIreland, which deals with domestic abuse which had reportedly risen significantly during the COVID-19 lockdown.[18] Their version of the song received Gold status; this was Soulé's first Gold disc.[citation needed]

In 2022, Soulé parted ways with her management and became fully independent. Soulé released her single " Body" co-written with Irish artist Cian Ducrot at a Spotify songwriting camp. " Body" received critical acclaim and was number 1 on the Irish Breakers Chart at the same time amassing over 400,000 streams on Spotify.[citation needed] In April 2022, Soulé was announced as a support act for Westlife's The Wild Dreams Tour in the Aviva Stadium Alongside Sugababes. With over 50,000 in attendance, this was Soulé's biggest stage to date and she received a positive response from critics.[citation needed]

In 2022, Soulé was also announced as a judge on Junk Kouture a television fashion competition for secondary school school students. She was on the judging panel alongside Louis Walsh, Rozanna Purcell and Stephen McLaughlin.[citation needed]


  • Love No More single (2016)
  • Troublemaker single (2017)
  • Good Life single (2017)[19]
  • What Do You Know single (2017)[6]
  • Don’t Hold Your Breath single (2018)
  • Love Tonight featuring C Cane single (2019)
  • Butterflies collaboration with Sorcha Richardson and Elaine Mai single (2019)
  • Love Cycle EP (2019)[20]
  • Dreams as part of Irish Women in Harmony (2020)
  • Queenish single (2021)
  • Body single ( 2022)


  1. ^ a b c d Carton, Geraldine (25 January 2018). "Got Soul? Meet Soulé, Ireland's Hottest Music Act". Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  2. ^ Hedderman, Zara (26 January 2017). "Baring Her Soul: An Interview With Dublin's Samantha Kay AKA Soulé". The Thin Air. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  3. ^ Byrne, Niall (5 October 2017). "Sound: Ooh Aah Soulé". Totally Dublin. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  4. ^ Meagher, John (22 February 2020). "'I don't want to be moulded into someone I'm not' - Soulé". Irish Independent. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  5. ^ a b c Hendicott, James (9 January 2020). "Soulé: Balbriggan native shooting for the stars in 2020, and beyond". Dublin Gazette Newspapers - Dublin News, Sport and Lifestyle. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  6. ^ a b c d Kelly, Aoife (25 January 2018). "'I'm not trying to prove anything to anyone - I'm trying to be better than myself' - Dublin singer Soulé talks success". Irish Independent. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  7. ^ Meagher, John (16 July 2017). "Irish women of note: Six up-and-coming Irish female musicians you need to know". Irish Independent. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  8. ^ "10 women who are absolutely killing it on the Irish music scene right now". 8 March 2018. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  9. ^ Barter, Pavel (3 May 2020). "Soulé, 26, electro-pop artist". Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  10. ^ Murphy, Lauren (25 August 2019). "Soulé puts her heart and soul into R&B". The Times. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  11. ^ Curtin, Denise. "Soulé discusses dealing with setbacks and forging a career in the Irish music scene". Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  12. ^ "Song of the Year". Choice Music Prize. RTÉ. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  13. ^ Meaney, Clodagh (4 November 2019). "Irish R'n'B star Soulé set to play first ever US show".
  14. ^ Clayton-Lea, Tony (10 August 2019). "Gig of the Week: Love Sensation at Royal Hospital Kilmainham". The Irish Times. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  15. ^ "2FM Xmas Ball for ISPCC raises over €3m since 2015". RTÉ Entertainment. 22 December 2019. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  16. ^ Gill, Sarah. "Soulé Set To Headline Dublin's Lost Lane". Hotpress. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  17. ^ Kelly, Aoife (19 August 2019). "'We were able to be totally honest with each other' - Elaine Mai on working with Soulé and Sorcha Richardson on new track 'Butterflies'". Irish Independent. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  18. ^ Bol, Rosita. "Irish Women in Harmony record Cranberries song in aid of Safe Ireland". The Irish Times. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  19. ^ McGoran, Peter (3 May 2017). "Soulé talks music, trouble-making and living the good life". Hotpress. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  20. ^ Byrne, Niall (9 March 2019). "New artist of the week: Julia Jacklin". The Irish Times. Retrieved 17 June 2020.

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