GRAMMY Award-winning artist Suzy Bogguss is one of country music’s most multi-talented singer-songwriters, guitarists, record producers, and live performers. Within a decade of arriving in Nashville, Suzy had earned one platinum album, three gold albums, charted six top ten singles, won the Academy of Country Music's award for Top New Female Vocalist in 1989, the Country Music Association's Horizon Award in 1992, and received the Album of the Year Award in 1994.
It seems Suzy Bogguss was destined for a life on the stage – and on the road. While studying art at Illinois State University, she performed in local coffeehouses and clubs. Following graduation she became a ‘road scholar’, climbing into a camper and traveling the nation as a solo folk troubadour; booking her own gigs, yodeling out country and western standards, and dazzling her audience with show tunes, swing, and jazz, as well as folk music. When Suzy reached Nashville in 1985, she recorded a cassette of her songs. She sang demos by day and played clubs at night. Within a few months, she was headlining at Dollywood when one of her cassettes reached Capitol records. She was offered a contract in 1987, and after releasing three singles, released her debut album Somewhere Between in 1989. With a blend of traditional and contemporary styles, the album showcased cover tunes of Patsy Montana, Hank Williams, and Merle Haggard, plus her first Top 20 hit on the country music charts, Cross My Broken Heart.
Suzy’s second album, Moment of Truth featured Hopelessly Yours, a duet with Lee Greenwood that received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Country Vocal Collaboration. But it was her third release in 1991, Aces, that produced four hit singles and went Platinum: Someday Soon, the title track Aces, Letting Go, and Outbound Plane, with the latter three making it to the country Top Ten. Continuing her inevitable rise, Suzy released the pop-style Voices in the Wind in 1992, the highest-charting hit of her career that featured John Hiatt's Drive South, earning her a second straight gold album. Suzy’s 1993 release, Somethin’ Up My Sleeve, yielded yet another gold record and featured two Top Five hits, Just Like the Weather and Hey Cinderella. The next year, as the sole producer of her sixth album, she teamed up with guitar legend and friend Chet Atkins on Simpatico, and followed up with her Greatest Hits album -- striking gold again. She later collaborated with Allison Krauss, Kathy Mattea, and Crosby, Stills, and Nash on Teach Your Children, the AIDS benefit compilation album Red Hot + Country.
Stepping away from recording to start a family with husband and songwriting partner, Doug Crider, Suzy adjusted her touring schedule for the next three years. She returned to the studio in 1996 to record Give Me Some Wheels, and later, Nobody Love, Nobody Gets Hurt. In 2001 Suzy founded her own record label, Loyal Dutchess, and released Live at Caffee’ Milano, and followed with the holiday set, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. While reflecting on her influences and broadening her horizons, Suzy signed a deal with Compadre, and returned to the airwaves in 2003 with Swing, a stylish collection of pop, jazz and swing tunes with covers of Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, and Duke Ellington classics. In 2005, Suzy received a GRAMMY Award for her contribution to the Best Traditional Folk Album as a part of Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster. In 2007 she released Sweet Danger, a collection of all new jazz tunes, and in 2011 rolled out the American Folk Songbook, a 17 song CD and hardcover book with stories and sheet music.
For her latest project, Suzy used Kickstarter to finance her self-released new album Lucky in 2014.The acoustic albumpays homage to the songwriting of Merle Haggard with such classics as Silver Wings, The Bottle Let Me Down, If We Make It Through December, I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink, and many more.
Suzy’s songs have been heard on television shows and in commercials. She has performed on many national television shows including: In Performance At The White House (PBS), A Capitol 4th (PBS), Austin City Limits, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Live With Regis And Kelly, and The View. Suzy is a frequent guest on National Public Radio's A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor.
Her pure vocal style, savvy choice of material, and artistic integrity combined with her command of country, roots, Americana, pop, jazz, swing, and folk resonates with her legions of fans around the globe and gives rise to standing ovations wherever she appears.
“One of the most acclaimed female country singers of the late ’80s and ’90s, Suzy Bogguss was able to balance country tradition with a contemporary mainstream sensibility, …satisfying both audiences and critics.” - CMT
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