Old as dirt—metal as fuck! Suzy is here, thrashing through her 60s, battle scars and all, to challenge the status quo and prove that it’s never too late to follow your dreams. Born in a rural Mississippi town with a population of 1,150 to a non-musical family, Suzy always felt like a misfit. Finally, over 50 years later she’s found her home amongst the outcasts and rebels of metal, writing and releasing her original E.P.s “The Best Revenge” and self-titled “Suzy,” as well as sharing the stage with rock heroes such as Paul Stanley (KISS) and Nancy Wilson (Heart). Her own unique blend of metal and rock has been described as Joni Mitchell meets Metallica. “Rock and roll is about pushing boundaries and breaking rules. I don’t fit what most people think a metal singer looks like and that’s ok. You don’t have to conform to what others think to follow your dream.”
Suzy grew up an artsy kid in a small town full of jocks with the same 80 students in her class from 1st to 12th grade. Her musical education consisted solely of “piano lessons from little old ladies who were taught by other little old ladies.” Needless to say, there weren’t many opportunities for Suzy to rock. Finally, at 21 and recently married, Suzy found herself in Houston, Texas with new musical opportunities. However, discouraged by her family, Suzy stopped pursuing music, and went the conventional 9-5 path, climbing the corporate ladder in PR and Marketing.
Years later, it was her son who encouraged her to find her musical voice. “It wasn’t until my son started singing that I even thought about it. He literally would sing along with the radio before he could talk,” she recounts. Unlike her experience with naysayers in the past, Suzy fostered his passion for music by managing a theater company that put on full scale Broadway musicals with children, many of which her son starred as the lead. Eventually, the support came full circle––inspired by her son’s interest in her voice, Suzy recorded an EP of cover songs for him as a gift. It was through this process that, in her 50s, she had the epiphany that she owed it to herself and the world to take back her life and chase her dream.
“Not pursuing music when I was younger was my biggest regret in life. I’m here to show the world that it’s never too late to change direction and become the person you’ve always wanted to be.” Now, in her 60s, Suzy continues to push boundaries, defy convention, and inspire fans to do the same. Despite many obstacles, Suzy has self-released two critically acclaimed EPs “The Best Revenge” and “Suzy.” She’s performed at legendary venues, such as The Whisky in Los Angeles and the House of Blues in Las Vegas. She regularly attends the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp, sharing the stage with bonafide rock stars such as Cheap Trick, Simon Kirke, Joe Vitale, Paul Stanley, Rob Halford & members of Judas Priest, Steven Adler, Buddy Guy, and Nancy Wilson. Despite her busy lifestyle, Suzy is still actively involved in Cruefest Hollywood, an annual charity concert that raises money for children’s cancer in memory of Vince Neil’s daughter.
Through her work, Suzy found a musical partner in crime, Norman Matthew (As Strange As Angels, MurderFM, The Sound Foundation Dallas). They collaborated on her self-titled Suzy EP, her upcoming EP, and her newly formed band, Suzy and the Substitutes, representing the various players who have joined her in the studio, on-stage, and on screen.
One thing is clear––all are welcome in Team Suzy Music. “Metal music is different because the people who listen to it are the most open minded, non-judgmental, caring people you will ever meet. Most of us are misfits and outcasts so we are very accepting of others and are a real family if you will,” Suzy expresses. For anyone that’s ever felt out of place or wants to reinvent themselves at any age, Suzy welcomes you into the family. Rock on!
Suzy has been participating in Rock and Roll Fantasy camp and shared the stage with members of Cheap Trick, Simon Kirke, Joe Vitale, Vinny Appice, Rudy Sarzo, Paul Stanley, Rob Halford, Nancy Wilson, and so many more. She has been able to perform both cover songs and originals live at different Los Angeles venues, including Lucky Strike and The Whisky, and at the House of Blues in Las Vegas, NV.
Suzy is also very involved with Cruefest Hollywood, an annual event in memory of Skylar Neil, Vince Neil’s daughter who lost her battle with cancer at age four. This vision was actually created because of a message board in the 90’s called Shout that was for Motley Crue fans. After spending a significant amount of time together on the board, getting to know one another, they decided it would be great to have a big get together so everyone could meet and they would raise money for charity in memory of Skylar Neil. The first Cruefest Hollywood took place at the Whisky in Hollywood, CA in 2001, and Suzy finally attended her first Cruefest Hollywood in 2007. After meeting all the people she had known online for at least a decade, she was hooked. Ten years later she’s still working on the event and has met some of her very dearest friends through her involvement. *All proceeds go to cancer charities in Skylar’s memory.
In addition, Suzy Wilson signed with Los Angeles-based music promotion company MBM Music LLC . Visit her MBM Music page at https://www.mbmmusicllc.com/the-mbm-musician-network/suzywilson