A note from Suzie:

I was asked to speak at the annual TEDMED conference in 2015 about my dual career as a cardiologist and singer-songwriter. It was a great honor. The talent scouts picked my song "Sometimes Your Dreams Find You", which was just a demo on my iPhone at the time, to perform during the talk because it summed up my message so well - that happiness comes in unexpected forms and from unexpected places. You can download it for free here.

BIO: 

 “What you think you will want at a certain time isn't necessarily what you end up wanting later,” says Suzie Brown about “Sometimes Your Dreams Find You,” the title track of her newest album, released May 2017.

No one understands this more deeply than the Nashville-based singer-songwriter, who is also an Advanced Heart Failure/Heart Transplant cardiologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. After years of working hard for success in the medical field, Brown discovered a relentless pull towards music that has now yielded five albums, a succession of songwriting awards, featured placement of her music at retailers like Starbucks and the Gap, and invitations to TEDMED and other conferences around the country to speak about finding a vulnerability through music that makes her a better doctor.

Montreal-born and Boston-raised, Brown wrote her first song while in a research fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania and launched her musical career in Philadelphia, releasing three solo albums. In 2014 she moved to Nashville, where along with her work at Vanderbilt, she found a community of co-writers and collaborators that pushed her writing even further. She has since released Our Album Doesn’t Like You Either with her husband musician Scot Sax and had two daughters, making her pursuit of balance and reflection all that much more important.

Sometimes Your Dreams Find You was born in that space of uncertain transition followed by confident calm--she no longer feels the need to choose one part of herself over another. “For the first time in my life, I don't feel like I'm working towards something else,” she says. “When someone asks me what I want to do in five years, I kind of just want to keep doing this.”

 Awards/Honors:

- 3rd Place, American Songwriter Magazine Lyric Contest September/October 2014

- Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist, August 2014

- 'Almost There' nominated for Independent Music Award for best Folk/Singer-Songwriter album, 2014

- 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

Full bio: 

 

“I still got stars in my eyes, I’m just looking at a different part of the sky.

In “Sometimes Your Dreams Find You,” Suzie Brown sings about reimagining your life’s path, and leaning into the unexpected turns. It’s a vivid, hopeful song, driven by Brown’s stirring voice that has been compared to Patsy Cline and Patty Griffin.

“Sometimes you don't know what's going to make you happy, you just have to be open to change and open to adjusting your dreams,” says Brown about what inspired that song, the title track of her newest album, due May 12. “What you think you will want at a certain time isn't necessarily what you end up wanting later.”

No one understands this more deeply than the Nashville-based singer-songwriter, who is also an Advanced Heart Failure/Heart Transplant cardiologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center--a job that sees her treating patients in urgent circumstances for two weeks at a time before devoting the next two weeks to songwriting and performing.

It’s a perfect balance that she’s found after years of working hard for success in the medical field, only to discover a relentless pull towards music that has now yielded five albums, a succession of songwriting awards, and featured placement of her music at retailers like Starbucks and the Gap. It also brought an invitation to TEDMED in 2015, where she debuted “Sometimes Your Dreams Find You” and spoke about unearthing a vulnerability through music that makes her a better doctor. That talk has led Brown to sing and speak at conferences around the country to help physicians approach their work differently.

Montreal-born and Boston-raised, Brown wrote her first song while in a research fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania and launched her musical career in Philadelphia. In 2014 she moved to Nashville, where along with her work at Vanderbilt, she found a community of co-writers and collaborators that pushed her writing even further. She has since released Our Album Doesn’t Like You Either with her husband musician Scot Sax, and had two daughters, making her pursuit of balance and reflection all that much more important.

Sometimes Your Dreams Find You was born in that space of uncertain transition followed by confident calm.

 “I was in a creative rut because I hadn't been writing a lot while I was pregnant with my second baby and chasing around a toddler,” says Brown. “I was having trouble bringing myself to book co-writes because I was feeling so out of practice, and being in Nashville I felt a lot of pressure to be a superstar in every writing session. The more time went by, the more out of practice I felt and the more hesitant I got to write and it started a negative creative spiral.”

 It was, of all things, a book club meeting that turned things around. “I showed up just to hang out, because my second baby was only six weeks old and I didn’t even know what book we were supposed to have read,“ she says. “It was Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. Her thesis is basically ‘artists make art,’ and we had this really inspiring discussion about making art without fear of failure. I started doing a song-a-week challenge with my friend Jenee in Boston over FaceTime, and it kick-started this new wave of creativity. The first song I wrote was ‘Everything I Need is Here,’ followed by a bunch of songs about what was going on in my life, which is being in love, and having a young family.”

That first song, she says, is “a response to my former self, who might think my life is so uncool now, never going out and having to get up early every day and living in a messy house full of toys and baby stuff. I know that’s how it might look from the outside, but from the inside it feels so magical.”

Another track, “This Much,” grew out of “those tender moments at four in the morning when your baby is just finally falling asleep,” she says. “You're overwhelmed with exhaustion but feel like your heart might explode out of your chest with love for the little tiny being in your arms.”

But Brown isn’t preoccupied with what has passed by, and she doesn’t feel the need to choose one part of herself over another. “For the first time in my life, I don't feel like I'm working towards something else,” she says. “When someone asks me what I want to do in five years, I kind of just want to keep doing this.”