Suzie Brown

Suzie Brown

 
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
DuoFolkAcoustic

Cardiologist turned singer-songwriter, Best of Philly 2010 for music talent. The easy familiarity of Brown's melodies harkens back to Carole King's folk-pop creations, while the yearning sweetness in her voice recalls the down-home intimacy of Patty Griffin.

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Biography

Suzie Brown writes songs to process her life. For a singer-songwriter, its not that unique of a creative impulse. But when you're also a cardiologist, used to being stoic and selfless on the job, the catharsis is even more essential.

"Music is my place to be honest, says Brown. I can say how I'm really feeling. I like not having to be so strong."

That candor fuels Almost There, Browns fan-funded sophomore release, which finds her contemplating the joys and struggles of love with even more vulnerability than she brought to her 2011 debut Heartstrings. The album was produced by Oliver Wood (The Wood Brothers) and recorded live in Nashville.

The Nashville-based Brown continues to carve out her place in the rich Folk/Americana tradition on the 11-song collection, which ranges from tender balladry to reggae-tinged blues and buoyant folk-rock as she bares the contents of her heart. But whether shes leaving love behind, embracing it with schoolgirl giddiness or meditating on yearnings unfulfilled, its her voice, dulcet, with a husky edge and hint of twang, that captivates.

Brown is especially arresting on ballads like Fallen Down, a lament for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, and Space Between, a plaintively elegant portrait of love in crisis.

With her gift for unforgettable melodies and evocative lyrics, its hard to imagine its been only five years since she penned her first song. In that time, shes been named a finalist in the Mountain Stage NewSong contest, a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition, among other accolades, and had her music featured at Starbucks, The Gap and Anthropologie.

If she has no plans to give up her part-time clinical job, its because she has a true affinity for medicine. But, music, she says, is who she is.

I cant believe that my life was ever any way than it is right now, says Brown.

Awards/Honors:

- Nominated for Best Folk/Singer-Songwriter Album in the 2014 Independent Music Awards - results TBD

- Regional Finalist, Mountain Stage NewSong contest 2013

- Honorable Mention, American Songwriter Magazine Lyric Contest July/August 2013

- Winner, 'Best of Philly' for music talent by Philadelphia Magazine 2010

- Nominated for two 2012 Independent Music Awards in the Love Song and Americana Song categories

- 'Heartstrings' album #17 on Folk DJ-L, with #8 song - Oct 2012

- Winner, Best Female Singer-Songwriter, Origivation Magazine's Readers' Choice Awards 2010

- Semi-finalist, International Songwriting Competition for 'I'll Be Gone' 2010

- 'I'll Be Gone' from Heartstrings featured in the May 2011 Taste of Triple A Sampler

- Winner, Juried showcase at New England Regional Folk Alliance Conference 2011

- Winner, Artist of the Month on myruralradio.com July 2012

For more information: www.suziebrownsongs.com
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Lyrics

Longest Road

Written By: Suzie Brown

Verse:
Got off that train said he'd stay awhile he ain't got no place to go
When he flashed at me that John Wayne smile made me feel like Miss Monroe
But his hardened charm it pulled me in like the tide's pulled by the moon
I shouldda known better than to fall for a man with a five oclock shadow at noon

Chorus:
Well I fell for his eyes & those worn in Levis
Ain't no one to blame but myself
Cause he's a journey man and I've known it from the start
But the longest road is from my head down to my heart

Verse:
He ain't got no friends he travels light he don't need no alibi
The only witness to his crimes are the stars up in the sky
His life is made of shortened stories from places he has been
He'll stay just long enough to have one more to throw in the bin

Chorus:
Well I fell for his eyes & those worn in Levis
Ain't no one to blame but myself
Cause he's a journey man and I've known it from the start
But the longest road is from my head down to my heart

Verse 3:
There's a part of him that wants to stay but the rest has got to go
Got to leave this place behind for another he don't know
So just when I got thinkin that maybe he'd be mine
That's just when he got thinking bout the next stop down the line

Chorus:
Well I fell for his eyes & those worn in Levis
Ain't no one to blame but myself
Cause he's a journey man and I've known it from the start
But the longest road is from my head down to my heart

Verse 4:
There's girl like me in every town along this damn rail
But if he's had some fun maybe I'll be the one he'll recall in his next tale
I should've listened to my mama cause she told me long ago
I should never trust a travellin man with one foot out the door
But still I

Chorus:
Fell for his eyes & those worn in Levis
Ain't no one to blame but myself
Cause he's a journey man and I've known it from the start
But the longest road is from my head...
Well I did know then what I still know now but that don't make me smart
Cause the longest road is from my head down to my heart

Side Streets

Written By: Suzie Brown

Verse:
Well it's morning again
And I'm still dreamin as the sun's streamin in
And I wish that I could stay
But gotta leave this dark and quiet night and face another day
Well with all the times I've seen sunrise you'd think that I might
Know why the world feels so damn heavy in spite of all this light

Chorus:
But you hold my hand and talk to me sweet
And we walk through the seasons taking only side streets
Though the road is long every day I will greet
Cause with you my love it ain't so hard on my feet

Verse:
Well night has come and gone
And my best foot goes in front as I see what comes along
If it's more than I can bear
I look up to that daytime star and say a little prayer
I wish that I may and I wish that I might
Do what I need to do to bring me back to you tonight

Chorus:
But you hold my hand and talk to me sweet
And we walk through the seasons taking only side streets
Though the road is long every day I will greet
Cause with you my love it ain't so hard on my feet

Bridge:
Well sometime down the road when all the black's gone from my hair
When we move a little slower from the passing of the years
We'll lie in bed and reminisce on places we have been
I'll still love the feel of your sweet touch, your breath upon my skin

Chorus
And how you hold my hand and talk to me sweet
And we walk through the seasons taking only side streets
Though the road is long every day I will greet
Cause with you my love it ain't so hard on my feet

I'll Be Gone

Written By: Suzie Brown

Verse:
Took a while before I could tell
You're a cold hearted man with a pretty shell
Don't know how I let you cast your spell
It was a total eclipse of my senses

Verse:
You give your love in tiny bits
You come and go in starts and fits
Your Indian summer has remit
To a long and lonely winter

Chorus:
This silence is louder than any words you ever said
I'm trying to drown it out but it's like thunder in my head
After all these years of loving you I'm leaving you come dawn
When you find something to say I'll be gone

Verse:
I'm leavin you can't hardly wait
Gonna rid myself of all this hate
I'll bust my car through this here gate
And find my liberation

Verse:
My lips are wet n ready for kissin
I'm sitting in a pole position
To find me a little of what I've been missin
Ain't no one gonna stop me

Chorus:
This silence is louder than any words you ever said
I'm trying to drown it out but it's like thunder in my head
After all these years of loving you I'm leaving you come dawn
When you find something to say I'll be gone

Bridge:
Don't look for me don't call my name
I'm moving on, gonna stake my claim
Make something sweet from all this sorrow
You can take this bitter pill and swallow

Chorus:
This silence is louder than any words you ever said
I'm trying to drown it out but it's like thunder in my head
After all these years of loving you I'm leaving you come dawn
When you find something to say I'll be gone

Heartstrings

Written By: Suzie Brown

Chorus:
Got a million things
Pullin' on my heart strings
Cause my love is gone

Verse:
Well my love is gone
and I'm having trouble moving on
There's so much I can't forget
Like his kiss, his kiss, well of course that's what I miss
And from anyone else's lips a kiss ain't got no bliss, no

Chorus:
Got a million things
Pullin on my heart strings
Cause my love is gone

Verse:
There's a long line
of pretty boys tryin' to treat me kind but
Only one thing's on my mind
It's his touch, his touch, well that's what I miss so much
And I'm waitin' on another man whose love can measure up

Chorus:
Got a million things
Pullin on my heart strings
Cause my love is gone

Verse:
I know this song's been sung
A thousand times before
But all I'm asking for
Is some skin on my skin, oh where do I begin
I know it won't be long 'fore I feel it once again

Chorus:
Got a million things
Pullin on my heart strings
Cause my love is gone
My love is gone

Almost There

Written By: Suzie Brown and Scot Sax

Verse

Bikini's on but it ain’t quite summer
Too late for lunch too early for dinner
Sittin on your porch but nobody’s home
Wearing shoes that I’ve outgrown

Chorus
I’m almost there
Almost there
Almost where
I wanna be
It’s almost here
Almost here
It’s oh so near
But out of reach

Verse
Running in circles running in squares
Running into people running into chairs
They ask me questions, tell me what’s new
I’m just waiting for my dreams to come true
How bout you?

Chorus

Bridge
Hopes and aspirations
call for inspiration
perspiration
just add frustration
and by my calculation you'll be

Chorus

Sugar Blues

Written By: Suzie Brown and Scot Sax

Sugar blues in my bedroom
Sugar blues in my dreams
Sugar blues in my coffee
Sugar blues inside of me

Sweet sweet buttermilk & cream
You put the sweet in me
Now you’re gone like some old sweet song
Sung by bitter me

Bitterness surrounds me
Bitterness in spades
Bitter waves they drown me
Bitter mornings bitter days

Sweet sweet buttermilk & cream
You took the sweet from me
Now you’re gone like some old sweet song
Sung by bitter me

Fallen Down

Written By: Suzie Brown

Verse
Can’t think of much to say
About the holidays
‘Chestnuts Roasting’ on the radio
My heart’s heavy as the wet snow

Chorus
Stolen dreams and blood stained ground
This time we’ve really fallen down

Verse
Heartlessness in the heartland
I just don’t understand
You do everything they tell you to
And heartache sticks to you like glue

Chorus
Stolen dreams and blood stained ground
This time we’ve really fallen down
Fallen down

Bridge
We’ve got the wrong script to the wrong play
There must be some mistake
I thought kindness was rewarded

Chorus
Stolen dreams and blood stained ground
This time we’ve really fallen down
Fallen down....

Own Little Show

Written By: Suzie Brown

Take off that hat
Come sit in the back
It’s a beautiful night
The stars are like spotlights
It’s our own little show tonight

Just you and me
keeping company
The price of admission
is just a little kissin’
It’s our own little show tonight

Our audience
is the grass and the fence
and the roses we planted
I sure won’t take for granted
Our own little show tonight

Just you and me
keeping company
No better way
To end this long day
Than our own little show tonight

28 Days

Written By: Suzie Brown

Verse
I’ve got my mind set on 28 days
28 days till I can start again
Spring’s exploding out of the gray
But I got my mind set on 28 days

Chorus
But time, it moves so slow
I’m trying to stay afloat
In this sea of minutes and seconds and hours
28 days

Verse
I got my heart set on 28 days
28 days feels like forever
Swallowed up by this bloody haze
That’s why I’m waiting on these 28 days

Chorus

Verse
I surrender to these 28 days
Time take me with you
To that day when I can watch the children I raise
Just gotta get through these 28 days

Chorus

Everywhere I Go

Written By: Suzie Brown

Verse
Look look what you’ve done you made a hostage of my heart
Now I can’t stand to be apart
From from now on I have no choice you know
I’m gonna take you with me everywhere I go

Chorus 1
Gonna keep you in my mouth like a secret
Keep you in a locket on a chain
Put you in my wallet next to George and Abe and Ben
We’ll never have to be apart again

Verse
In grown grown up love I’m supposed to be so nonchalant
I’m like like a teenager when we’re apart
There ain’t no place too high or low
I’m gonna take you with me everywhere i go

Chorus 2
Gonna rub you in my skin like lotion
And let the smell seep into my brain
Gonna mix you up into a magic potion
We’ll never have to be apart again

Verse
I’m so so relieved that you’ll never leave
my side as I wander through my day
Everywhere I go, I will bring you along
Hell I even put you in this song

Chorus 1

Discography

Almost There, LP released October 1st 2013, produced by Oliver Wood (Wood Brothers).  Reached #19 on Folk DJ-L, with #15 song - Oct 2013.  Nominated for best Folk/Singer-songwriter album in 2014 Independent Music Awards (results TBD).  'Fallen Down' from the album was a Mountain Stage NewSong regional finalist in 2013, and 'Almost There' received an honorable mention in the American Songwriter Magazine lyric contest.

Heartstrings, LP, released 5/24/11. Produced by Barrie Maguire (credits include Amos Lee, Rickie Lee Jones, Natalie Merchant). Reached #17 on Folk DJ-L, with #8 song - Oct 2012. Heartstrings was also picked up by PlayNetwork - with distribution to Starbucks, Gap, major grocery stores, Seattle's Best Coffee, Anthropologie, Eddie Bauer, and others.  'I'll Be Gone' was a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition and nominated for an Independent Music Award (Americana category), 'Heartstrings' was nominated for an Independent Music Award (Love song category).

Side Streets, EP released 9/12/09. "That Fence" (track one on the EP) was the WXPN pick of the day on 7/31/09, and the record was featured as one of 2009's best local releases by Helen Leicht of WXPN.








Set List

Originals: As listed on 3 original albums Covers: Tumblin Dice (Rolling Stones), Love Has No Pride (Bonnie Raitt), Long Road (Patty Griffin), Miss Ohio (Gillian Welch), Mighty Tight Woman (Sippie Wallace/Bonnie Raitt), Sugar In My Bowl (Nina Simone) My set lists vary based on the venue and time allotted.