Suzie Brown

Suzie Brown

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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, it’s 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,” Brown’s 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 Philadelphia-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 she’s leaving love behind, embracing it with schoolgirl giddiness or meditating on yearnings unfulfilled, it’s 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, it’s hard to imagine it’s been only five years since she penned her first song. In that time, she’s 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, it’s because she has a true affinity for medicine. But, music, she says, is who she is.

“I can’t believe that my life was ever any way than it is right now,” says Brown.

Awards/Honors:

- 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

Heart Strings

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

Peace Of Mind

Written By: Suzie Brown

Lately I’ve been having trouble getting out of bed
Cause my neck ain’t strong enough to hold my head
Too much swimming round clogging up the drain
It bubbles up and boils and soaks into my brain

Verse 2:
When I lay down at night I can’t leave the day behind
It sticks with me sickens me and sleep is hard to find
Awake I lay, awake I stay, I wait for night to end
I wait for light to start this thing all over again

Chorus:
I've been tryin to remember
The things I’d better forget
I'm trying to find some peace of mind
I sure ain't got it yet

Verse 3:
There’s gotta be a way to thicken up this skin
To keep the bad stuff out and let the good the stuff in
I know the past is good and gone and future I can’t see
Life is now so why is that the hardest place to be

Chorus:
I've been tryin to remember
The things I better forget
Tryin to find some peace of mind
I sure ain't got it yet

Bridge:
None of this is new
And most of the time there ain't nothing I can do
I gotta find a way
To drown my demons at bay

Verse:
I ain’t gonna do it with a powder or a potion
And there ain't no use to run away in crazy constant motion
I'll find peace in waging a different kind of war
I'll raise my voice to sing and I’ll hold onto this guitar

Chorus:
Ill keep tryin to remember
The things I'd better forget
I'm trying to find some piece of mind
I sure ain't got it yet
I sure ain't got it yet

What You Do To Me

Written By: Suzie Brown and Edie Kunhle

Verse 1:
Life is a river
Meant to carry me
So why was I standing still?

It took something stronger
To sweep me off my feet
And it's carrying me still

Chorus:
I don't know what you do to me
But I like it, what you do
I am yours to do with as you please

All I know is what you do
You do so nice and easy
So won't you keep on doing what you do to me

Verse 2:
If I was lost
You helped me find
Where I was meant to be

Now I can never go back
To that place I left behind
After what you've done to me

Chorus:
I don't know what you do to me
But I like it, what you do
I am yours to do with as you please

All I know is what you do
You do so nice and easy
So won't you keep on doing what you do to me

Bridge:
Touch me, love me the whole night through
All I can tell you is

Chorus:
What I know is what you do to me
And I like it, what you do
I am yours to do with as you please

All I know is what you do
You do so nice and easy
So won't you keep on doing what you do to me
Keep on doing what you do to me

You Can Lie

Written By: Suzie Brown

Maybe I shouldn't call you on nights like these
I'm running out of ways to set my mind at ease
But in the morning, I'll be on my way
Don't worry babe, cause I won't want to stay

Chorus:
You can lie to me, but don't bother
Cause either way I won't believe you
And after all that I have been through
I ain't lookin for love anyway

Verse 2:
So hold me baby yeah let me feel your touch
We'll take comfort in each other, but not too much
Cause I'm warning you, there's a price to pay
Don't ask me to cause I ain't gonna stay

Chorus:
You can lie to me, but don't bother
Cause either way I won't believe you
And after all that I have been through
I ain't lookin for love anyway

Bridge:
Why should we pretend
I know how this will end
And baby I've learned better than to believe in forever

Chorus:
Go on lie to me, it don't matter
Cause either way I won't believe you
After all that I have been through
I ain't looking for love anyway
I ain't looking for love anyway

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....

Discography

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. In addition to regular airplay on WXPN, the record has been featured on West Chester's WCHE, New England's WICN, Vermont's WRUV, and other regional stations.

Heartstrings, LP, released 5/24/11. Produced by Barrie Maguire (credits include Amos Lee, Rickie Lee Jones, Natalie Merchant). Current radio play on: WXPN, WZBC, WMBR, KDNK, WETS, WIKS, WBSD, KPFT, KVMR, WCOO, WVGN, WZBC, WGCS, KBCS, WXLV, KNBA, WMWV, KTAO, WETS, KVNF, KEOS, WUMB

Heartstrings was also picked up by PlayNetwork - with distribution to Starbucks, Gap, major grocery stores, Seattle's Best Coffee, Anthropologie, Eddie Bauer, and others

Internet radio: Freight Train Boogie podcast, Radio Free Americana

3rd album produced by Oliver Wood set to be released in October 2013

Set List

Originals: You Can Lie, Round the Sun, Mission Control, Part of Me, Longest Road, Take Your Time, That Fence, Side Streets, Over and Done, Nice Girl, Serendipity, Peace of Mind, Waiting For September, Heart Strings, Lonesome Moon, Easily Amused, I'll Be Gone, Maybe I Will, Song For Amy, What You Do to Me. Covers: Long Road (Patty Griffin), Miss Ohio (Gillian Welch), Angel From Montgomery (John Prine), By the Mark (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.