Suzanne Brindamour

Suzanne Brindamour

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Likened to the music of Shawn Colvin and Tori Amos, Brindamour's sound is provocative and poppy. Critics call her lyrics "heart felt," her voice "velvet harmony, plaintive and lilting." Credits include the WB & MTV. 'You Are Here' is "a wonderfully passionate album" and is growing in popularity.

Biography

An award-winning singer, songwriter and composer, Suzanne Brindamour traces her musical roots and inspirations back to her family. A native of Maryland and the youngest of five children, Brindamour grew up surrounded by music. Her mother loved to sing and her father, a casual pianist, filled the house with music. But it was the guitar playing of her three older brothers that sparked Brindamour’s love of music.

At age 12, Brindamour received her first guitar as a Christmas gift. She trained in the classical style but was drawn to the more contemporary acoustic styles of Dan Fogelberg, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell and Cat Stevens. Inspired by these singer/songwriters she developed her signature finger picking style and a love for creating her own music. Soon after learning the guitar, she taught herself to play the family piano.

At age 20, she moved to Arizona, to pursue her education and explore her artistic talents. Brindamour answered a Phoenix newspaper ad for "original music" which led to her sharing a personal tape of music which she had both composed and performed. She was then asked to join "Kid Trousers & Wisdom Bricks." Here she found her voice singing back-up and some lead for the group. Brindamour spent the next two years honing her skills as a songwriter and vocalist. She returned home to Maryland after learning that her mother was suffering from terminal cancer -- a harrowing experience that inspired Brindamour’s "Waiting in the Wings" from her first CD.

Brindamour composed her first piece of music for television during her stint as an intern for the CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C. Utilizing her vocal and keyboard skills, she wrote and performed a song for a farewell tribute to the host of "Capital Edition." Additionally, she has composed scores for clients including National Geographic Television, "National Geographic Explorer," FOX’s "America’s Most Wanted," and Mercedes Benz. Brindamour also worked as Assistant Production Director at WFRE/WFMD Radio in Frederick, Maryland, where she wrote, produced and voiced commercials for air. Throughout her years of work in radio and television music production, her efforts have earned a first place ADDY, POLLIE, Axiom, Telly, and a Silver Screen Award in the U.S. Film Festival.

Brindamour continued to write music and sing, and made the decision to become a solo artist in 1998. Inspired by the musical styles of Shawn Colvin and Sarah McLachlan, she returned to her acoustic roots, composing a mix of pop and folk music that was both provocative and edgy. Backed by friends and family her first self-titled CD went into production and was released in October of 1999. Since its debut, "Suzanne Brindamour" has invited an incredible response from critics (The Washington Post, On Tap, The Gazette) as well as the listening public. An excerpt from one track, "Dear Sevda," was used in the soundtrack for the television series "Popstars" which aired on the WB and MTV.

In late January, 2005, Brindamour released her 2nd CD "You Are Here" on Dapple Records with the help of producer and guitarist Mark Williams. This latest effort is receiving critical acclaim as well as airplay on DC’s popular radio station Z104, WETA radio, and WRNR Annapolis, Maryland.

Brindamour has performed at prestigious venues in the Washington, DC area including the National Theatre, State Theatre, and Iota Club and Cafe and continues to tour on the east coast.

Lyrics

Given A Choice

Written By: S. Brindamour

I constantly question myself
I’m consistently hard on myself
And there is much I wish I did better
but I’m working on it

But if given a choice to be anyone, I’d choose me
And by the grace of God I’ll be someone I can be proud of

Sometimes I give up easily
And I get angry easily
And step aside should I lose my head
but I don’t mean it

And if given a choice to be anyone, I’d choose me
And by the grace of God I’ll be someone I can be proud of

I say something stupid sometimes
Get neurotic at times
and just when I think I’m all grown up
I realize I’m not

But if given a choice to be anyone, I’d choose me
And by the grace of God I’ll be someone I can be proud of

Change

Written By: S. Brindamour

Ask me a question and I will not tell you a lie
I am the bearer of this tragic plot but I can’t tell you why

There are some things you can’t explain
There are never things you cannot change

Can you elicit the response you’ve played inside your mind?
You are the terror of your enemies, the ones you house inside

And there are some things you can’t explain
There are never things you cannot change

Can we examine the power to make somebody smile.
Why don’t we recognize the merit of this, our consciences beguiled?

There are some things you can’t explain
There are never things you cannot change

There are some things you can’t explain
And there may come a day it becomes clear
and nothing we’ll fear

Please

Written By: S. Brindamour

Every time he goes I get weak
wanna wrap myself around and bring him to his knees
And say

Please, Please, Please don’t leave

I can safely say I’d never felt
the kind of love which men fought battles over long ago
But with you, my love, I understand
I can see the gates of heaven when you hold my hand

Please, Please, Please don’t leave

There’s something special about you, which sets you apart
I think that I could always love you, you have my heart

When I look at you I feel the earth
moving gently underneath and cradling me like it’s child
Thought I’d become immune to passion’s wiles
Now I’m rendered still and breathless
when you flash a smile

Please, Please, Please, Please don’t leave

Discography

2 Cds releases:
Suzanne Brindamour (Self-titled), 1999
You Are Here (2005)
Airplay on: Z104 Wash DC, WRNR, MD; WETA, DC; WBRS, Boston; WAGE, VA; and on-line radio (Whole Wheat Radio, etc)
Worldwide Digital distribution through iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody, Emusic, BuyMusic, MusicMatch, Weedtracks and more.

Set List

Brindamour performs solo and with a full band. Can do 3 sets, 45 each or fewer longer sets (up to 90 minutes) solo, 2 sets with the band.
All songs are original by Suzanne Brindamour:
IVY
DEAR SEVDA
IF I LINGER
THE LAST THING
REMEMBER
NO PRIDE IN PITY
CONNECTED
FOR EVA
I DON’T KNOW
IF YOU WERE WITH ME NOW
REAL
THREE CHOOSING
WARRIOR
I KNOW WHO I AM
OVER
WAKE ME
WAITING
ONLY YOUR LOVE (CAPO 1)
CHANGE (CAPO 2)
SINKING FAST (CAPO 2)
HE WAITS (CAPO 2)
HE GETS TO ME (CAPO 2)
ALL NIGHT (CAPO 2)
ALL MY DREAMS (CAPO 2)
PLEASE (CAPO 2)
ADDICT (CAPO 2)
MY BLUE IN THE GRAY (CAPO 3)
A MILLION LITTLE PIECES (CAPO 3)
ME & MY CUSTOMS INSPECTOR (CAPO 4)
GIVEN A CHOICE (CAPO 4)
SAY MY NAME (CAPO 4)
DREAMS AND DOLLS (CAPO 4)
WORLD’S AWAY (CAPO 4)
SHARE (CAPO 5)
BLIND (CAPO 5)
IN OUR HEARTS (CAPO 5)
4 SEASONS (CAPO A CHORD)
TRY (CAPO A)
I SAVE MYSELF (3)
ENJOY THE RIDE
EVERYWHERE YOU GO
HERE
IT’S SO SWEET
THE SUN RISES