Originally from northwest New Jersey, Susan was influenced early on by the vocal genius of Ella Fitzgerald, the blues fire of Stevie Ray Vaughn, the psychedelic landscapes of Pink Floyd, the astounding creativity of Joni Mitchell and so many others. She began writing songs and playing guitar in her teens, performing at coffeehouses and restaurants throughout the area. After acquiring a music education degree from Montclair State University with highest honors, she taught for several years before making the decision to move to Nashville, Tennessee in 2004 to pursue a career as a songwriter and performer.
Called by the urgency of climate change and other environmental issues, Susan became very involved with environmental activism and community organizing. Within a short period of time, she earned a permaculture design certificate, founded Transition Nashville and established “Earth Revolution”, a local access environmental program produced with a team of volunteers for three years. Susan also participated in the work of many other organizations focused on environmental and social justice issues, establishing a reputation as a local leader and tireless advocate for needed change.
She has since returned her full focus to the task of creating great music, earning a publishing contract with Grammy-winning producer Bill Vorndick, with whom she released her third full-length album, "Rhythm of the Road," in November 2017.
Susan has had the honor of sitting in as a singer with the world-famous western swing band “The Time Jumpers” many times, and has been invited to perform at such prestigious local events as “Tin Pan South” and others. She is excited to move her love of songwriting and performing front and center once again, writing songs that reflect her diverse influences while also integrating her passions for earth-care, social justice and spiritual themes, in a way that can positively impact and uplift others.
A critically acclaimed acoustic collection, "Reckless Abandon", was released in 2018, and can be heard as well as downloaded from this site. Both "Rhythm of the Road" and "Illumination" are also available for listening and download here, as well as on CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Pandora and others.
Susan has continued to write and perform even through the COVID pandemic, and is currently working to integrate custom songwriting, motivational speaking and musical performance as her next level of artistic expression.