OH SUSANNA

FEATURED MUSICIAN

Multiple Juno Nominated and Series Three Toronto folk singer Oh Susanna is a beautiful melange of 20th Century folk, country and blues, with a healthy string of fine storytelling. This October, she hits the scene again with a brand new album, Namedropper,her first since 2007, which features backups from over 30 Canadian roots singers. Things are about to get maple syruped.

Oh Susanna, aka Suzie Ungerleider, began performing as Oh Susanna in the mid-1990s and quickly established herself as a Canadian songstress with an incredible voice that “can pierce a heart of stone.” She’s produced six albums since, earning her one Genie Award, two Canadian Folk Music Awards and three Juno Nominations, the most recent in 2011. Her sixth and latest album ‘Namedropper’ was produced by Hamilton’s Sonic Unyon and comes out October 21st, 2014. You can pre-order your copy here.

 

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‘Namedropper’ is a collection of songs/tales told from a woman’s perspective – everything from war widows to a new mother coping with life are topics Suzie weaves and explores. They were written for her by some of Canada’s best songwriters, including Ron Sexsmith, Royal Wood (a fellow Series Three musician!), Jim Cuddy, Joel Plaskett, Luke Doucet, Jay Harris, Rueben deGroot, Melissa McClelland, Amelia Curran, Old Man Luedecke, Keri Latimer of Nathan, The Good Lovelies and even includes backup from members of the Foggy Hogtown Boys. The album showcases a point in Oh Susanna’s journey where she has proven herself as songwriter and is now paying tribute to her mates who have helped her along the way.

 

 

Born in Massachusetts and raised in Vancouver, Suzie first recorded a cassette of seven songs for a few hundred dollars, which caught the attention of the music industry before her genre of alt-country was a thing. The incredibly positive reaction she received inspired Suzie to quit her day job as a library clerk and take her chances in Toronto. Soon after, she was recording her internationally acclaimed debut album ‘Johnstown’ with assistance from Bazil Donovan (Blue Rodeo), Peter Moore (Cowboy Junkies) and Bob Egan (Wilco/Blue Rodeo). She got a ticket to ride and has been going ever since – taking listeners on dream-like adventures, reminding them of what is essential in life, and earning much acclaim for her haunting voice and lyrics.

Listen to the first track off ‘Namedropper’ called ‘Mozart for the Cat’ on Soundcloud here, then head to her website www.ohsusanna.com for more news. Also, follow her on Facebook and Twitter for the most folksy goodness.

 

 

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