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London, United Kingdom | Established. Jan 01, 1993 | SELF

London, United Kingdom | SELF
Established on Jan, 1993
Solo Alternative Singer/Songwriter

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"Wilkins wows the boho beat kids"

‘Wilkins’s songs, live and recorded, have a deep sense of strength mixed with intimacy and she passes the acid test of playing live in a hipster joint with flying colours as the boho chic beat kids and the most ardent blues aficionados put down their drinks and listen. That’s some tribute.’ - Peter Lindley - Morning Star


"WXPN - My Morning Download"

‘As a music lover it’s so great when a song from an unknown artist comes along and just completely knocks me off my feet. Such is the case with Susie Wilkins, a singer-songwriter and producer from London. Susie was born in England and raised in Hong Kong where her career took off. She returned to the UK in 2000 and released an EP last March. Here’s a song from the EP that is completely enchanting and sultry and gorgeous.’ - Michaela Majoun - WXPN


"Track of the day - Susie Wilkins - No Answer"

This may be the only time we thank David Cameron on this blog, for anything, because it was due to his pasty little pink airbrushed bollock of a face that we first met Susie Wilkins. I’m sure many remember the “Mydavidcameron.com website“ that ran during the 2010 General Election parodying David Cameron’s horrible faux “sincere-face” poster? A piece of pre-election propaganda that back fired in spectacular and hilarious fashion. Well, we too designed a poster, submitted it to the site and a few days later were contacted by the site owner Clifford Singer, to inform us he’d like to combine our image with a strap line provided by Susie Wilkins. The rest, as they say, is history and you can see our joint effort here.

Rather shamefully (for a music blog) we were not aware that Susie, who appeared to be the same page as us in terms of our view of Davy boy, was and is also an extremely gifted singer/ songwriter. We have since remedied that situation and we were of course blown away be her voice, one that conveys an emotional intensity that can’t be taught by celebrity mentors on “talent” shows, but one that comes very much from the heart. Taken from her album ‘Anywhere But Here’ the smoky, jazz and blues tinged “No Answer” is full of beautiful yearning melancholy and puts the”talent” displayed on fatuous nonsense like “The Voice” to shame. - The Von Pip Musical Express


"Susie Wilkins"

Anywhere But Here is something of a throwback to an era of unhurried and unpretentious adult-leaning pop, where the tiniest details of an intimate performance can be felt in each warm groove. Wilkins voice is an expressive, natural sounding instrument capable of communicating honesty and melancholy with a single soulfully stretched note.’ - Direct Current - Radar


"Susie Wilkins - Wasted Time"

After starting her career on the Hong Kong circuit (honestly), Susie Wilkins has honed her craft to a tee. Full of poise and elegance, ‘Wasted Time’ is a blues and jazz influenced track that demonstrates her impressive vocal talents as well as her ability to pen a timeless tune. - Fresh On The Net


"Joe Jackson, The Point, Cardiff"

'..Support act Susie Wilkins rendered her chilled out songs with an impressive soulful passion. She ended her set with No Answer a sad and searching song with hints of Jeff Buckley..' - South Wales Argus


"Susie Wilkins - Half Empty"

Forget the fact she grew up in Hong Kong, tirelessly singing Mustang Sally in the Fringe Club before she was legally allowed to drink there. Susie Wilkins needs no hand-outs or overly generous reviews from her home audience. Her debut album, self-funded on a label of her own making (Rootless Records), is staggeringly good. Nine tracks form a personal odyssey, through voluptuous vocals, golden guitar licks and gritty girl angst, to an end result that is not polished, but burning with the potential of a future star.

It is a hybrid - half live album (the basis of the tracks were recorded over three gigs at the Fringe Club last year) and half studio-based, with a final mastering session that took place at London's Abbey Road Studios. Moods shift throughout the album - 'Suffocate' is sheer rock that punches the walls with driving drums and a voice that howls and rasps, 'Turning My Back' is liquid blue and sad.

On the title track, Hong Kong-based radio presenter Emma Ayres hauntingly magnifies the loneliness in Wilkins' vocals. The singer/songwriter lost her father during the year this album was made, and her raw emotion is especially tangible here.

Meanwhile, Patrick Murdoch, Wilkins' musical partner (the duo spent their formative years jamming at the Fringe Club's open-mike sessions and continue to work together in London) co-writes half the songs and provides the strong musical backbone to the album.

- Clare Tyrrell - South China Morning Post


Discography

Half Empty - 2002, Rootless Records
Bliss - 2005, self released
2008 - new album in production

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Bio

Susie Wilkins sings from a place that is honest and heartfelt, running the gamut of human emotion from intoxicating love to devastating loss. Dark at times, yet punctuated with moments of pure joy and clarity, it draws on her influences from the world of blues and classic songwriting – from the honesty of Joni Mitchell to the raw intensity of Patti Smith.

At 17 years old, Susie lost her older brother, and it made her realise that life is fragile and she had to live in the moment. She became a regular fixture at some of Hong Kong’s most famous jazz and blues clubs, performing to an enthralled audience, who were unaware of her tender years.

Eventually, the allure of a vibrant scene brought her to London with a determination to play rock ‘n ‘roll. She formed a band and played the circuit, becoming a regular favourite at world-famous venues such the Borderline and the Troubadour.

However, things were put on hold when she was called back to Hong Kong suddenly to care for her ailing father. His passing happened midway through recording her first album ‘Half Empty’. This time, Susie hit the lowest point in her life, retreating and becoming in her own words, ‘a recluse’ at age 24.

With the inheritance money which was set aside for her future, she bought recording equipment and created a studio in her basement. It was the only thing that kept her sane, culminating in her EP ‘Bliss’ – her ironic take on her life while on antidepressants.  It was this process that was instrumental in bringing her out of her depression and back on the stage.

The EP led to industry interest, new management and a tour supporting Joe Jackson, which enabled her to perform at some of the most prestigious venues in Europe, from Shepherds Bush Empire, to the Paradiso in Amsterdam.

She started writing for her latest album ‘Anywhere But Here’, an ambiguous title which reflects Wilkins’ view that melancholy and happiness go hand in hand.

Armed with her new material, she befriended producer/songwriter and guitarist Jeff Trott (Sheryl Crow), who not only gave her contacts and friends in the industry to work with but also much needed words of encouragement from his studio in LA.

Trott introduced her to drummer, Jeremy Stacey (Sheryl Crow, Noel Gallagher, Robbie Williams) who fell in love with Susie’s music, encouraging her to maintain the vibe and integrity of her self recorded songs which act as the backbone of the album. Stacey also played drums on the album, accompanied by Mike Visceglia (Suzanne Vega) on bass, and mixed by Grammy Award winner Ryan Freeland, in Los Angeles.

As a music lover it’s so great when a song from an unknown artist comes along and just completely knocks me off my feet.’ – Michaela Majoun, WXPN

Once described as ‘a female Jeff Buckley’, Susie has a profound way of articulating her experiences with honesty and truth, giving a voice to a generation that has not been heard since the singer-songwriter renaissance of the ‘90s, when Nirvana, Radiohead, and Sheryl Crow ruled the airwaves.

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