Merrick Avenue MS student is Singer Turned Songwriter

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Samantha Horowitz, an eighth-grader at Merrick Avenue Middle School, has been singing her heart out since she was 4 years old and her mother, Tara Notrica, has always been her biggest fan.

When Notrica recently became seriously ill, Horowitz turned to music to help the healing process. She teamed up with former American Idol top 10 contestant and Merrick Avenue alumnus, Robbie Rosen, to write a song for her mother.

“I wanted it to be about battling an illness and what it means to go through something difficult,” Horowitz explained. “I focused on lyrics that were about fighting hard and persevering.”

After songwriting and recording, “Brave the Storm,” the duo is now shopping around for producers. The song is available for download at iTunes and can also be found on Spotify and YouTube.

“Sam’s vision is to see it become a theme song for a foundation or philanthropic organization,” said Notrica. “Perhaps even a children’s movie theme song about the importance of not giving up.”

“When she told me she was working with Robbie Rosen, a former music student of mine, I knew they would be a great pair,” said Choral Director Dana Brandwein. “The song they worked on together is quite touching and simply beautiful.”

In addition to being in the Merrick Avenue Middle School chorus, Horowitz also plays both alto and baritone saxophone, as well as performs with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York and is a member of All-County Chorus.

“There’s no denying that Samantha is a very talented singer but for me, it’s her musicianship that makes her so special,” added Brandwein. “She’s got a great ear and sight — reads music extremely well, which is a tough skill for any singer. I can always count on her to lead her section in the chorus with her powerful vocals.”