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BIOGRAPHY:

“Sometimes you don't know what's going to make you happy,” says Suzie Brown about “Sometimes Your Dreams Find You,” the title track of her newest album. “What you think you’ll 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. 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.”

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 Awards/Honors:

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

- Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist 2014

- Nominated for Best Folk/Singer-Songwriter Album, 2014 Independent Music Awards

- 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

 

REVIEWS:

"The singing doctor allows that most of her medical colleagues don’t know the “dirty little secret” that she has the voice of an angel and can play a good guitar. Sometimes she’ll even handle the bass when she and her husband, Scot Sax, tear up a tavern with their occasional high-energy rockabilly/country/Americana act." - The Nashville Ledger, June 2017 (cover story)

"Nashville singer-songwriter Suzie Brown evokes a candid country and folk sound that echoes with a forceful emotional intensity. Her work can be quiet or can be a bit more raucous, but she never loses the feeling of inclusivity that clings to every word and melody." - Nooga.com, March 2017

"Brown offers up a rather intimate portrayal of motherhood, but even for someone without kids, the messages and thread lines are profound and commanding." - axs.com, April 2017

"(Almost There) sounds like the sun-soaked product of a front porch jam session." - American Songwriter Magazine, March 2014

"Brown’s unadorned, beautiful alto voice helps keep consistency throughout the diversity of the album. Brown feels completely at home in her voice, having found a range and a melodic style that serve her well. She clearly has worked hard on songwriting, and she sounds natural in the songs she has written. It’s a hard thing to do, but Brown has accomplished it well here.

Brown has plenty of tricks up her sleeve, which is why Almost There is so delightful. There’s plenty going on in each track and throughout the album, but the album never feels disjointed. If you’re a fan of Laura Stevenson, Laura Marling, Laura Veirs, or female singer/songwriters in general, you should check out Suzie Brown." - Independent Clauses, April 2014

About the song 28 Days: "This hauntingly beautiful ballad is surrounded on the album by a nice mix of catchy country pop songs that will get your feet tapping and body moving. But don't get too happy. Sweet and sadly delicate sentiments make an appearance as well, in a good way, of course." - Guitar World, March 2014 

"A cardiologist who turned to singing and songwriting just a few short years ago, Suzie Brown has made quite an impact and you can see just why when listening to this her second album. The songs, all self-penned, are top-drawer. The recording, which was produced at Nashville’s famed Sound Emporium is also first class. The songs are very much like pages from her life and cover joy, fears, optimism and vulnerability..An absorbing listening experience from start to finish." - Maverick Magazine January/February 2014

"Suzie Brown's latest album, "Almost There," gets its power from the tension between its catchy country-pop melodies and its unsatisfied alt-folk lyrics. Bridging the two halves are Brown's charming soprano and Oliver Wood's smart production." - Geoffrey Himes, music critic for the Washington Post

"Almost There is more than an excellent follow-up to Heartstrings; it’s almost a reinvention of Suzie Brown herself. Brown and her sweet, twangy, acoustic style have matured. This album is simple, raw, and moving, the kind of album that can make you smile, laugh, and cry at the same time." - The Daily Album

"Suzie's record (Almost There) is wonderful, Suzie is wonderful. I heartily approve." - Eric Bazilian, lead singer for The Hooters

"The cardiologist turned singer-songwriter shines with heart-filled vocals on an album full of rootsy, laidback tracks. Brown beds down in the folk tradition on the 11-song collection, which spans from tender to bluesy to full of cheer...The pleasant yet routine ballads create the perfect backdrop for a montage of lemonade stands and lazy Saturday mornings. You will want to spin this while you are dancing in the kitchen and trying not to burn the pancakes." - The Equal Ground, January 22, 2014

"The cardiologist turned singer-songwriter shines with heart-filled vocals on an album full of rootsy, laidback tracks. Brown beds down in the folk tradition on the 11-song collection, which spans from tender to bluesy to full of cheer....You will want to spin this while you are dancing in the kitchen and trying not to burn the pancakes." - See more at: http://www.suziebrownsongs.com/reviews/#sthash.ALGJdToH.dpuf

"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.)" - Magnet Magazine

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

"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." - Philadelphia City Paper

"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....Or even just hearing." - Philadelphia Magazine

 

CONTACT:

Publicity: Maggie Poulos

Mixtape Media

646-344-2499

Maggie@Mixtape-Media.com

 

 

 

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." - See more at: http://www.suziebrownsongs.com/press/#sthash.uNDKIAgT.dpuf

 

 

"Suzie Brown's latest album, "Almost There," gets its power from the tension between its catchy country-pop melodies and its unsatisfied alt-folk lyrics. Bridging the two halves are Brown's charming soprano and Oliver Wood's smart production." - See more at: http://www.suziebrownsongs.com/press/#sthash.uNDKIAgT.dpuf

 

 

"Suzie Brown's latest album, "Almost There," gets its power from the tension between its catchy country-pop melodies and its unsatisfied alt-folk lyrics. Bridging the two halves are Brown's charming soprano and Oliver Wood's smart production." - See more at: http://www.suziebrownsongs.com/press/#sthash.uNDKIAgT.dpuf