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Get to Know Susannah B.!

Hi Susannah! Great to speak with you today!

What have you been working on lately?

Right now, I’m digging through old hard drives looking for some vocal tracks from some early songs of mine that I want j. wells to remix. He and I had a really good time collaborating on our recent release DEEP HOUSE SESSIONS and it’s been getting on lots of playlists and streaming well, so we want to drop some more tracks soon. The EDM space is new for me, but I love to dance so I love the beats, and I also love how my music is appealing to so many people in so many countries around the world!

Another project I’m spending a lot of time on lately is a musical TV series that I’m working on with A L Katz and Annabelle Gurwitch – both terrific writers. I’ll co-write the series with them as well as produce the music with my bandmate Mike Farrell -- who I just saw onstage at the Hollywood Bowl this past week with Alanis Morissette. It was so fantastic to see someone I work with up on that stage with one of my idols.

This TV show project is not a traditional musical like the ones my mother wrote. It’s a TV series that will have a lot of singing in it, mostly a capella. It’s the biggest dream I’ve ever dreamed – the perfect culmination of all my years as an actress-turned- singer-songwriter-slash screenwriter, and most recently, music producer.

Who inspired you to get into music?

My mom, for sure. She was the late, great Carol Hall -- a successful Broadway composer/lyricist whose big hit was “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”. I grew up as a young child watching and listening to my mom write and sing her songs. She wrote the 70s classic “Free To Be You And Me”. I remember her playing the piano while I’d lie on the floor underneath it. I also watched her perform my entire childhood. I took naps or did my homework on leather couches in recording studios all over New York City. I was born and raised in Manhattan, which was a big deal because my dad, a photographer, is from Buffalo and my mom was from Texas. They both left home and moved to New York to follow their dreams of being a photographer and a Broadway composer/lyricist. They both inspired me to follow my dreams.

When was the first time you recall thinking that you wanted to pursue music as your career?

Well, I decided to become a professional actress when I was nine years old and I actually worked a bit as a kid – I did an Off-Broadway musical when I was in ninth grade and I almost failed out of high school because of it. If you want to be a kid actor, you have to have a stage parent and that, I did not have. Mine were busy working on their own careers. So, I decided I’d go to college and then be an actress after that. And I did that, but after about a decade, I realized that I hadn’t sung since high school, and then all of a sudden, these songs started pouring out of me. I lived alone at the time and I used to stay up all night long recording grooves and singing, writing lyrics. Just like my mom. And honestly, it was terrifying at first, because I had always thought of music as more my mom’s thing, like I should do something else. But it turns out, my music is really different from my mom’s – I’m way more pop-oriented, I love hooks, I’m all about groove. The cool thing about doing music for the last 20 years (and releasing six albums) is that it’s the most wonderful documentation of my growth as a person. It’s satisfying to have songs that represent different periods in my life. Music is something I do with my whole soul.

What is your favorite song you've ever released and why?

You know that’s like asking a parent who their favorite kid is! It’s kind of impossible, but just because you asked, I’m going to say: my song “Far More” (the recent remix and also the original version on my album FAR MORE). When I first wrote it, I felt very connected to the mysterious, magical place where inspiration comes from –the whole song kind of dropped into my head. And the lyrics really set me free in a very personal way. The message of the song is that we are so much more than we think we are…it’s empowering.

Who are some of the artists currently inspiring you?

I really love Billie Eilish, I think she’s an incredible singer, I love her new album so much. Love her brother Finneas, too. I really like King Princess. My college-age son has great taste in music (he’s a drummer) and he’s turned me on to bands like Vulfpeck and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. I also listen to local radio station KCRW to discover new music, they’re awesome.

Any plans to start performing live as shows pick back up?

Yes! I’ve been talking with my band mates about doing a very casual show soon, maybe an outdoor performance. I can’t wait to perform again, it’s been too long.

What is your favorite song to perform?

When I sing my jazz stuff, I love a tune called “Mimosa & Me” – it’s sexy and really challenging to sing, but very fun too. I don’t know which of my recent songs is my favorite, because of the pandemic, I haven’t performed them live yet!

What are you hoping to see in the music world as it continues to evolve?

I’d like to see artists get paid more by Spotify & Apple Music & the like – streaming revenue is truly ridiculous. It’s like a fraction of a cent per stream. It’s not fair at all.

Please let everyone know how they can keep up with you and your music!

Follow me on Instagram @susannahbmusic! Check out my website: www.susannahb,com.

Go to Spotify, Apple Music, or your favorite streamer and check out Susannah B and also Susannah Blinkoff to find all my albums!

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