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Suzie Brown - July 2012
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If Suzie Brown had an anthem, it’d have to be the twangy “Heartstrings,” off her same-named debut. A string-soaked ode to unrequited love, the debut single delicately marked her transition from Harvard-educated cardiologist to singer-songwriter, now musing on matters of the heart. In the three years since making good on her extracurricular activity, she’s been named the Best of Philly (by Philadelphia magazine) and opened for such kindred spirits as Lyle Lovett. And if her name doesn’t ring a bell, her first single will: Picked up by the Play Network, “Heartstrings” can currently be heard soulfully wafting through stores nationwide.

While contemplating your goal of being a music star, it’s smart to have something to fall back on

For singer-songwriter Suzie Brown, that meant getting her MD at Harvard, a Master of Science in Translational Research from the University of Pennsylvania, then practicing cardiology. That’s right, Brown—whose first full-length, Heartstrings, was released in May 2011—is no slacker. And it’s with that same resolve that she decided one day to defer her dream no longer.

It happened at her friend’s wedding in June 2008. Brown was goaded to jump on stage at the reception, where she sang one of her favorite tunes, Bonnie Raitt’s “Angel From Montgomery.” The crowd fell silent. This, she discovered, was a good thing: They were awestruck by her honey-twanged voice. “The whole weekend, people were coming up to me asking if I was a musician,” says Brown. “It gave me that little bit of extra confidence I need to take the plunge and start writing songs.” Just six months later, she’d find fans in folk-jazz artist Amos Lee and country great Lyle Lovett. A year after that, she was named the “Best of Philly” for music talent by Philadelphia magazine.


There’s no disputing that Brown works hard, but her material isn’t exactly a tough sell. The string-soaked “Heartstrings” is an ode to unrequited love that’s a throwback to the work of Patsy Cline. The bluesy “What You Do to Me” is an end-of-the-night jukebox crooner. The jaunty “I’ll Be Gone” sounds like a hand-clapping anthem out of KT Tunstall’s catalog. These are soulful, but uplifting, tunes that could appear in an Apple ad as easily as they could soundtrack an episode of, yes, Grey’s Anatomy.

But it took Brown decades to get to this place. Growing up in Boston, she would lock herself inside her bedroom obsessively taping Top 40 tracks off the radio so that she could memorize every last lyric. (Her first actual album: the Sound of Music soundtrack. She and her sister used to re-enact scenes from the movie in the basement.) Her family sometimes sang Pete Seeger songs sitting in front of the fire, but for the most part, Brown was too timid to perform outside the confines of her hearth, channeling her energy instead into the unlikely combo of softball and math.

During her last year as an undergraduate science student at Dartmouth, she worked up the nerve to try out for an a cappella group. “When I joined, I was like, ‘Oh my god, these are my people!” says Brown, who later learned to play the guitar by ear. After graduation, she enrolled for fun in a summer program at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. There, Brown boned up on music theory, took voice lessons, and when it was time to head off for med school, “had a complete meltdown,” she confesses. “I was afraid to leave music.”

While working on her MD at Harvard, Brown stoked her free-spirited side by hitting open-mic nights and even joining a production of Hair. Yup, “we did the full monty,” she says, laughing. “And it was totally awesome.” Her subsequent cardiology fellowship in Philadelphia, however, proved even more demanding, and she missed the music community she had pieced together in Boston. When the rigorous training was finally over, Brown found time to clock in hours at local folkie hangouts such as Tin Angel, Dawson Street Pub, World Café Live, and the Blinkin Lincoln. “This was just a community I was comfortable in,” she explains. And yet she secretly harbored bigger aspirations.

A chance encounter with Philly folk-jazz singer Amos Lee at the Newport Folk Festival would prove most fortuitous. In addition to being a source of moral support, Lee would introduce her to his Supply and Demand producer, Barrie Maguire, who went on to helm Heartstrings. After her friend’s fateful wedding, Brown finally began to pen her first songs. What took her so long? “Of course, I had something to say,” she explains, “but the perfectionist in me was so afraid to write something terrible that it kept me from writing anything at all! Finally I realized that it wasn’t about being perfect, it was about being honest.”

Her burgeoning career moved at a rapid pace. By early 2009, she sold out her first solo show at the Tin Angel—that very club she used to frequent as a fan. Before long, she was opening for Lyle Lovett at the local concert hall. Just nine months after that, she had written enough material for a self-released EP called Side Streets. Says Brown, “I had this realization that music made me way too happy to commit my whole life to medicine.” It was a pinch-me moment: Realizing her potential, Brown found a part-time clinical job to pay the bills, and has since devoted herself to making music. “Things have moved along fairly quickly,” says the ever-effervescent Brown. We’ll say: In two years, she’s gone from composing her first song to releasing her first full-length album. Says Brown, “I can’t believe this is my life.”



Upcoming Dates
Friday, July 13th, 2012
Black Potatoe Music Festival - 7pm
56 Main st. Clinton NJ 08809
Price: $30 for an all Friday pass, $99 for an all-festival pass (Thursday-Sunday)
Go to https://blackpotatoe.org/tickets/ to purchase tickets

Sunday, July 15th, 2012
Toad: Suzie Brown and Barnaby Bright - 9pm
1912 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge MA 02140, (617) 497-4950
Go to http://toadcambridge.com.s122913.gridserver.com/ to purchase tickets

Saturday, July 28th, 2012
MUSE Tattoo and Fine Art Gallery
Circle of Friends House Concert - 7pm
3 East Broad St. Palmyra NJ 08065 USA 856-322-MUSE
Price: $18

Go to http://www.circleoffriendsconcerts.com/BuyTickets.html to purchase tickets

Saturday, August 4th, 2012
World Cafe Live at the Queen
Suzie Brown Live
500 N Market Street Wilmington DE 19801, 302-994-1400

Go to http://queentickets.worldcafelive.com/default.asp?SearchMonth=8/1/2012 for more info and to purchase tickets

Friday, August 10th, 2012
Puck Live
A celebration of the works of classic country songwriters, featuring the works of Dolly Parton, Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, and more. - 8pm
85 Printers Alley Doylestown PA 18901, (215) 348-9000
Price: $15

Go to http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=4610825 to purchase tickets

Saturday, September 15th, 2012
Tin Angel
co-bill with Caitlin Canty for her CD release show! - 7pm
20 S 2nd Street Philadelphia PA 19102, 215-928-0770
Price: $12

Go to www.tinangel.com/tickets.html to purchase tickets

As Reviewed:

May 03, 2011
Magnet Magazine
"When it comes to MAGNET’s home base of Philadelphia, we’ve always been a little biased. But that’s not why we’re so excited about Philly musician Suzie Brown. Aside from being a first-rate singer/songwriter (no small feat), she is a Harvard-educated cardiologist with a master’s degree in translational research from the University of Pennsylvania who has also studied at the prestigious Berklee College of Music and sang in an a cappella group while an undergrad at Dartmouth. (Feeling kind of like a loser in comparison yet? We are. Like most of Philadelphia, we went to Temple.)"

Time Out New York
"Honey-voiced singer-songwriter Suzie Brown airs the pleasingly frilly, old-school country stylings on her debut album, Heartstrings.”

June 09, 2011
M.J. Fine -Philadelphia City Paper

"Heartstrings (Freshie) doesn't sound like the work of someone so green. It's twangier than Brown's Montreal-via-Boston upbringing would suggest and more polished than her 2009 EP, with a flash of sass on "Nice Girl" and a slow burn on "Lonesome Moon." The title track has a Patsy Cline feel and a double meaning: It's a portrait of romantic yearning and a nod to her part-time job as a cardiologist."

August 01, 2010
Philadelphia Magazine

"Bluesy, folky, achy, sweet-voiced Suzie Brown. A practicing cardiologist pursuing a career in singing (her own songs) and playing the guitar, she's part Emmylou Harris, part Allison Krauss, and totally worth seeing. (Try Tin Angel). Or even just hearing - her debut album is called 'Side Streets'."

May 22, 2011
Lu Ann Cahn - Host, NBC 10! Show

"Suzie Brown is a cardiologist AND a beautiful singer/songwriter. . .But what I find truly inspiring about her is that after Harvard Medical School she had the courage and the self understanding to realize she didn’t need to play just one role in this life: cardiologist. She knew she didn’t have to stay in 'one box.'"

June 09, 2011
Robert M. Kelley - Philadelphia Inquirer

"Her songs showcase her smooth fingerpicking and clear voice. Some are ballads with a dash of country twang, offset by the texture of lush chords."

September 03, 2009
Peter Mucha - Philadelphia Inquirer

Nobody's more amazed than Suzie Brown at how music has changed her life. Becoming a cardiologist - not surprising for a daughter of two doctors. But singer-songwriter? Fate threw her a curve. After Harvard Medical School and a residency in Boston, Brown came to Philadelphia four years ago, to work on her fellowship and earn a master's at Penn, on a tough-minded track toward medical research. So, two years ago, if someone had suggested she'd fall in love with songwriting and performing, she'd have suggested the person was "on crack," she said. She didn't write her first song until June 2008, a week or so after turning 34. She knew her life would never be the same. "It was clear to me that music made me way too happy to ever not do it again," she said. She's not chasing glory, just joy, she said. "I don't want to need to be big success," she said. ". . . Record deals, big gigs, you lose sight of what made you start doing it to begin with.

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