Arroe Collins: Unplugged & Totally Uncut Episode - Suzy Reaches Beyond RnR Fantasy Camp With Debut EP on iHeartRadio
Melodic metal vocalist/songwriter Suzy grew up in a small Mississippi town, population 1,150, where there weren’t many opportunities to follow her dreams of becoming a musician. Even though Suzy remembers singing before she could talk, she didn’t pursue a professional music career until she was in her 50s.
After being told by so many people, starting with her own family, that she shouldn’t pursue music, she finally attended Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp where her Fantasy Camp counselor Joe Vitale (Joe Walsh, The Eagles) told her that she should definitely pursue music. Through the camp, Suzy would go on to share the stage with Paul Stanley (KISS) and Rob Halford (Judas Priest).
Forget the bedroom. She took her fantasy out of the band room. Suzy was so inspired by Joe’s encouragement that she released an EP called “The Best Revenge” in 2015 (It’s dedicated to the haters who said she couldn’t do it.).
Now, her new self-titled EP is produced by Billboard-charting artist/producer Norman Matthew (As Strange As Angels, Murder FM) and includes Joe Vitale and Ace Frehley drummer Matt Star on selected tracks.
She’s been told that she sounds like Joan Baez meets Judas Priest. Simon Kirke (Bad Company/Free) said that she sounds like Joni Mitchell meets Metallica (Simon didn’t mean that as a compliment, but Suzy took it as a compliment anyway).
Through Rock and Roll Fantasy camp, she’s shared the stage with members of Cheap Trick as well as Paul Stanley (KISS), Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Nancy Wilson (Heart), Simon Kirke (Bad Company, Free), Joe Vitale (Joe Walsh, The Eagles), Vinny Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath) and Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne). She has performed live at venues including the world-famous Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood and House of Blues in Las Vegas.
Her message is simple: You’re never too old to do what you love. Life is a song, so sing it.
Suzy lives in Houston.