|Topics: Arts & Entertainment|
|Interview Date: May-29-2012|
|Extraordinary Insights: "You really need to believe in and want what you set out to do -- and just keep doing it."|
A native of Toronto Canada, Suzie McNeil was born into a musical family. Suzie evolved into a versatile, powerful artist, who combines a magnetic stage presence with vocal and multi-instrumental (piano, guitar, harmonica) ability. Throughout the years, she has compiled an impressive record of musical accomplishments. These have ranged from live shows beside some of North America’s top acts (Steven Tyler, Alan Frew, Jeff Healey, Dave Navarro, P!nk, INXS, Gavin Rossdale), to consummate professionalism tracking in the studio (Kara Dioguardi, Steven Tyler, Buckcherry, Matt Nathanson, Foreigner), to commercial jingles, to performing in front of crowds of up to 200,000 people. Suzie was the last woman standing on CBS television’s reality series Rockstar:INXS. She is featured singing duets on INXS’ release “SWITCH”, and American Idol finalist Clay Aiken’s release; “A Thousand Different Ways”. Suzie sang back-up vocals for P!nk on her North American tour, entertained the troops in Afghanistan on an armed forces tour, performed at the 2010 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremonies, and starred in the Toronto Debut of Queen’s “We Will Rock You” musical as the role of “Oz”. In April 2007, Suzie released her debut album Broken & Beautiful she recorded with a-list producer Marti Frederiksen which featured the Top-20 Canadian hits: “Hung Up” and “Believe”. In November 2008, she released her sophomore CD "Rock-n-Roller" through Universal Music where she co-wrote most of the songs with Frederiksen. The disc includes the hits “Let’s Go”, “Help Me Out” and “SuperGirl” which reached #3 on the charts and went Gold in Canada. Suzie’s song "Believe" has been featured on network TV series including “The Biggest Loser”, “Beauty & The Geek”, “The Hills”, and “Oprah Winfrey’s The Big Give”. 2009 ended with “Let’s Go” being featured on ABC to promote “Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve” with millions of viewers watching the ball drop at Times Square. Suzie was nominated for a 2008 Canadian Radio Music Award, a 2008 “Best New Artist” JUNO award, and was awarded The Canadian Independent Music award’s “Favorite Pop Artist/Group of the Year”. Suzie has been a featured judge and mentor for 4 seasons of YTV’s ‘Idol-esque’ search for the next teen singing-sensation: “The Next Star”, and her song Let’s Go can also be heard as the theme song. Suzie has recently completed her latest CD titled “Dear Love.” The first single off the album “Drama Queen” was a National Top 20 hit, and featured in the A&E movie “The Pregnancy Project.”.The second single off the album “Merry Go Round” was a National Top 10 hit. She is working with humanitarian organization World Vision to promote the sponsorship of children in underprivileged nations such as Africa where she personally visited in 2008.