Susan Hickman

Susan Hickman

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Susan Hickman is a dynamic country music recording artist from Houston Texas. Susan’s explosive vocals on her self titled studio release, decorate the brilliant songs written by some of the greatest songwriters in Nashville today.

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SUSAN HICKMAN

Susan Hickman has found her niche in a blend of rocking, uplifting country that hints at a range of influences from Janis Joplin to Carrie Underwood. Passion is evident from the very first note, and her considerable talent allows her to segue from whisper-quiet reflections to barn-burnin' romps with ease. Hickman's in control and loving it – and she proves it on her debut country CD, SUSAN HICKMAN.

With her new CD, Susan is not only sharing her love of music - she's hoping to connect with a global audience. "I really identify with the songs on this project," Susan says from her home in Atascocita, Texas. "And I think that a lot of other folks will, too." Produced by Doug Deforest (Todd Fritsch, Doug Spartz, Jonathan Edwards), the disc is the perfect showcase for Susan’s fresh and vibrant vocals. Highlights abound and include songs by top-notch Nashville tunesmiths Brett James, Mila Mason, Bobby Pinson and others. "Red" is a dark tale of jealousy and rage, while the two-steppin' fun-loving, "Wrapped Up In Me" offers a light-hearted change of pace. The contemporary ballad "Hell Still Ain't Frozen Over" works well with Susan's favorite, the poignant "One Of Those Who Make It Up There." Closing the disc is Hickman's soulful take on Gregg Allman's classic southern rocker, "Whipping Post."

The 24-year old beauty is not without credentials; over the past few years she has shared the stage with high-profile acts like Tracy Byrd, Jo Dee Messina, Kevin Fowler, Steve Holy, The Lost Trailers and Phil Vassar, to name a few. Her live shows are energetic, and she’s developed quite a following in her home state. “I love performing,” Susan says admits. “When you can feel the audience’s energy, you know you’re doing your job.”

Music has always been a part of the feisty blonde’s life story; she started taking piano lessons when she was just five years old and added the violin in her teens. Just four years ago she began to teach herself guitar. "Yes, I'm blessed to come from a very musical family," she laughs. "We were always singing and playing; our family reunions are just awesome."

Susan grew up singing in the church choir, listening to her parents’ favorite classic rock songs, and hearing her mom sing opera around the house. Her mother often made up songs to get her two daughters motivated. “There was literally a song for everything,” Susan recalls. “Gonna clean house today? Yep, she had just the song to put you in the mood.” That musical backdrop helped drive the Texan’s love of song, and according to her parents, the exposure began when Susan was still in the cradle. Family legend tells us that Hickman was actually singing before she started talking. "Crazy, right?" Susan laughs. "Well, some things never change."

Another thing that hasn't changed is this songbird’s precociousness. When she was just 12-years old, Susan cold-called a talent agency and scheduled an audition. Why? "My mom told me I'd have to convince her that I was sure I wanted a career in music before she'd let me pursue it,” Susan recalls. “Making that call was my way of showing her that I was serious. She's been behind me every step of the way, ever since."

While that first phone call didn't lead to instant stardom, it did give Hickman an insider's look at the industry - and helped prepare her for the work ahead. Her life, she says, has been focused on a career in entertaining ever since.

Susan is the human equivalent of a perpetual motion “machine” - and she now divides her time between live performances, songwriting, rehearsals and her web design work. “I’m always busy,” Susan confides with a laugh. “But I’m also pretty much happy all the time. I promised myself that my ‘job’ would be something I loved. Music is it.”

Another promise the aspiring star made was to never compromise herself or her music. “I’ve always said that if I tell you something, it’s the truth. For me, if it’s even possible, when I sing something - it’s even truer,” Susan states. Her moral compass leads her in everything from song choices to venue selections – and she is steadfast in her beliefs.

While Hickman was raised in Houston, her childhood years were imbued with a “small town” feel. “My little sister was – and is – my closest friend,” Hickman states. The two shared a childhood filled with secret, homemade slip ‘n slide adventures (indoors no less) and late night television marathons watching old westerns. It was an idyllic life in many ways, and one that Hickman is determined to emulate.

Introduced to her husband Matt by a mutual friend four years ago, Susan is on the fast-track to happiness. Kids? "Yeah, someday," she says with a smile. In the meantime, she's performing every chance she gets. "I love the energy of the crowd," says Susan. "It's really powerful when the audience relates to you and your music." This young artist is driven to make those connections. Combine her

Lyrics

Sunday Paper

Written By: Brett James, Angelo Petraglia, Troy Verges, Hillary Lindsey

I'M TIRED OF HEARING YOUR VOICE ON MY ANSWERING MACHINE
IT SEEMS LIKE YOU'VE FORGOTTEN ALL THE THINGS YOU DID TO ME
YOU GET DRUNK AND LONELY AND START SAYIN' I LOVE YOU
YOU'RE THE ONE WHO WALKED AWAY SO HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN DO

CHORUS
PUT IT IN THE SUNDAY PAPER
HANG IT OUT ON A BILLBOARD ON THE STREET
SELL IT ON A SIXTY SECOND INFOMERCIAL ON TV
TELL IT TO YOUR DOG WALKIN'
TELL IT TO THE CLERK AT THE GROCERY STORE
PUT IT IN THE SUNDAY PAPER
I DON'T WANT TO HEAR IT ANYMORE
PUT IT IN THE SUNDAY PAPER
I DON'T WANT TO HEAR IT ANYMORE

WELL YOU SAID THAT YOU NEEDED SPACE SO WHY DO YOU KEEP CROWDING ME
AND WHY YOU DRIVIN' BY MY HOUSE YOU KNOW THIS AIN'T YOUR STREET
I GOT THE PHONE NUMBER IF YOU WANNA PLACE AN AD OR TWO
THEY GOT FRIENDLY OPERATORS WHO WILL GLADLY ASSIST YOU

REPEAT CHORUS

IF YOU'VE GOT SO MUCH TIME ON YOUR HANDS
THEN GIVE IT TO CHARITY, GO INTO THERAPY
GET YOURSELF A HOBBY, PUT IT IN A MELODY
SING IG ON THE OPRY, JUST STOP BUGGIN' ME

2ND CHORUS
PUT IT UP IN SKY WRITIN'
ON THE SCOREBOARD AT THE FOOTBALL GAME
WRITE IT WITH A SHARPIE ON YOUR FOREHEAD AND WALK AROUND FOR DAYS
TELL IT TO YOUR NOSEY NEIGHBOR
AND PUT ITUP ON YOUR FRONT DOOR
PUT IT IN THE SUNDAY PAPER
I DON'T WANT TO HEAR IT ANYMORE
PUT IT IN THE SUNDAY PAPER

REPEAT 1ST CHORUS

Hell Still Ain't Frozen Over

Written By: Bobby Pinson and Melissa Pierce

TIME’S DONE, WHAT TIME DOES
AND FINALLY FAR ENOUGH FROM US
TO TAKE IT FOR WHAT IT WAS
AND WHAT IT WASN’T

THESE DAYS, NOT A DAY GOES BY
BUT TAKING YOU BACK
DOESN’T CROSS MY MIND
MY HEART STILL WANTS TO SOMETIMES, BUT IT DOESN’T.

CHORUS
I’M NOT ANGRY ANYMORE, I DON’T HATE LOVE LIKE I SWORE
I’M NOT UP ALL NIGHT CRYING ON MY BEST FRIEND’S SHOULDER
NO I DON’T BREAK IN TWO, WHEN I’M REMINDED OF YOU
EVERYDAY I’M ONE STEP CLOSER TO CLOSURE
OH BUT HELL STILL AIN’T FROZEN OVER

IT’S A BITTERSWEET VICTORY
TO LOSE THE TASTE FOR WHO YOU USE TO BE
I’VE BURIED THOSE BONES, BUT NOT VERY DEEP
YOU’RE FORGIVEN, BUT DON’T GO DIGGIN’

CHORUS

I WISH YOU WELL, I MISS YOU BAD
BUT DEEP DOWN I KNOW, THERE’S NOT A NIGHT THAT LONELY
THERE AIN’T A DAY THAT COLD

CHORUS

RED

Written By: Mila Mason

RED

V 1
She’s his secretary and he’s kind of married
And she’s tired of waiting on his lies to be real
She just has to see him turns around has to leave him
Disregards the desperation that she feels
The lipstick kissed the napkin in the pocket of his coat
Without writing down a word she left one hell of a note

Chorus
Jealousy is green as grass off in distant fields
Loneliness is blue as an endless stream of tears
Anger fills the void that wanted love instead
Every time she looks at him she sees RED

V 2
Well she’s real devoted and she’s sugar coated
And she’s done exactly what she’s vowed
While the laundry’s washin there’s a bomb tick tockin
As the sorted truth just slips out
The lipstick kissed the napkin in the pocket of his coat
And a whirlwind of emotions finally explodes

Chorus
Jealousy is green as grass off in distant fields
Loneliness is blue as an endless stream of tears
Anger fills the void that wanted love instead
Every time she looks at him she sees RED

Bridge
Every color every feeling every thing
Runs together like a blur in a bad dream
Nothing you believed in is true
All you got left is the fury in you

Chorus
Jealousy is green as grass off in distant fields
Loneliness is blue as an endless stream of tears
Anger fills the void that wanted love instead
Every time she looks at him she sees RED

Discography

Susan Hickman - You Just Missed This Train - Released in Europe April of 2008 peaked at #27 on the top 40 European charts.

Susan Hickman - Sunday Paper -
Released in Europe June of 2008 peaked at #5 on the top 40 European charts and peaked at #5 on the top 20 European independent charts.

Susan Hickman - Wrapped Up In Me -
Released in Europe October of 2008
the #19 slot on the top 40 European charts and # 17 on the top 20 Independent charts.
And just recently made a re-entry at #37

All three are getting daily airplay overseas.

Susan Hickman - Hell Still AIn't Frozen Over
Will be released on the 10th anniversary of hot disc in January 2009... Will follow up with chart info.

The self titled record by Susan Hickman is released as of January 2009.

Set List

Our shows are usually 4 hours long, 3 one hour sets with 20 min break in between.
Or, 4 45 min sets with 15 min break in between.

Our typical set list consists of the original country music stylings of Susan Hickman, Hits of all genres including: rock, pop, funk, r&b, soul, country, blues, jazz, from the 50's 60's 70's 80's 90's - current.

Susan Hickman & The Spiffingtons Song List

Susan Hickman - Country Originals

1. Wrapped up in me
2. Do me a miracle
3. Friday at the latest
4. Hell still ain’t frozen over
5. One of those who makes it up there
6. RED
7. Sunday paper
8. Whipping post
9. Wounded heart
10. You just missed this train

Country
Susan
1. Before he cheats
2. Blue
3. Blue bayou
4. Broken wing
5. Crazy
6. Don’t it make my brown eyes blue
7. Gunpowder & lead
8. Here for the party
9. I hope you dance
10. I could not ask for more
11. Jackson (duet)
12. Last name
13. Redneck woman
14. Strawberry wine (waltz)
15. Texas when I die
16. Un