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November 16, 2021 54 min

The Real Me follows the stories of young songwriters and performers with cancer who found hope, healing and connection through music.

Presented by Teen Cancer America, the national non-profit founded by rock icons Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who, “The Real Me” highlights the moving experiences of cancer patients in TCA’s Play It Back program, which matches them with music professionals to write, perform and record fully produced studio versions of their original songs.

This episode we welcome Samantha Kayne!

Samantha Kayne is a singer/songwriter. Before cancer, Samantha wrote, sang, and listened to music. Her favorite genre is pop and her biggest influence is Meghan Trainor. At the beginning of her cancer experience, Samantha was unable to sing. She did, however, find her voice again and began creating her own music. Play It Back has made her experience with music awesome and helped make her dreams come true to record her own songs. It allowed her to connect with other singers and cancer survivors around her age. Her favorite memory of Play It Back thus far is when Kenli sent Samantha her first song and she played it in her mom’s car. She said it was like she was on the radio.

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