The sixth generation -- the great-great-great-granddaughter of Samuel Curtis Johnson, founder of SC Johnson -- is a pop singer?
Five generations of Johnsons have built what started back in 1886 as Johnson's Prepared Paste Wax Company into the worldwide home products behemoth we know today as SC Johnson, a family company (with sales of about $8 billion a year).
The family, in fact, still runs it: the fifth generation, Sam Johnson's kids -- Fisk, Curtis, Helen and Winnie -- are firmly in charge of the various corporate entities and foundation.
But what about the sixth generation? Will they find inspiration in Raid, Pledge, Glade and all the other products that have enthroned five members of the family in the top half of the Forbes 400 list, with a combined net worth approaching $10 billion?
In a word, no. At least not Samantha Marq, daughter of Winnie Johnson Marquart, younger sister of H. Fisk Johnson III, chairman and CEO of SCJ.
We learned today through the 'net that Samantha, "an heiress to the SC Johnson fortune," has just released her first single, Super Girl, "a unique blend of hip hop infused pop and dance on her first album The Evolution of Love in Dysfunction."
Samantha has a website where the tune will be available for downloading free, starting in January. For now, however, you can surf over there and listen to it. (Just click on the Music link.) The website says Samantha will release each track from the album separately, over a period of time, "as diary entries" and is "treating each new single as an album release unto itself, complete with full videos." You have to sign up and become a member for access to the new tracks and videos, but it's free. The song is also on Samantha's MySpace page, but only for this weekend it says.
Notes the website, "Already a regular staple on the Hollywood Red Carpet scene, this heiress is all grown up and ready to take the music world by storm."
“This album is so personal to me. I want everyone to know how hard I worked on this project and be able to listen to the music and take something special away from it.... My whole life people knew my name, but hopefully this album will show people who I am.”
Her online bio says Samantha grew up in Virginia Beach, VA, and graduated from California's Pepperdine University; her father is Michael Marquart, who owned Windmark Recording, a studio where she watched Justin Timberlake record Justified (which we don't pretend to have heard).