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'THAT OLD BARN' WITH ACE SUGGS


Ace is originally from Georgia, and at age 10 started a band with his three older brothers called the Suggs Brothers Band. At age 15 Ace moved to South Florida where he continued performing. Two years after moving to Florida he left the band and began his solo career. After a few years, Ace had hits with “X-Ray Eyes,” “I Get Lonely Too,” and “Physical.” Since then, he has been performing, producing, and writing for numerous music projects. The many years of experience in the music industry has contributed to the singer, songwriter, and producer that he is today.

Ace has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry. Edwin McCain, Jay DeMarcus (Rascal Flatts), Jason Scheff (Chicago), Daniel De Los Reyes (Zack Brown Band), Mo Pleasure (Earth Wind & Fire, Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, etc...), Joe Smith (BackStreet Boys, NSync, etc...), Rick Washington (Joe Walsh, Kenny Loggins, etc...) Albie Manno (Backstreet Boys, Eugene Wilde, etc...), Ernest Tubb, Trinere, T.K.A., Merle Haggard, Jim Ed Brown, Helen Cornelius, Selena, Crystal Gayle, John Anderson, Leon Everett, Gloria Estefan, Jon Secada, Stevie B. Jim Owen, Sylvia, etc. He has produced over 25 albums for various artists and has performed nationally for over 25 years!


Thank you for taking this interview! How has the New Year been for you so far as an artist? Thank you for your interest in my music! So far, the New years have been a little hectic. First off, due to family and career, I have moved four times, and that has been crazy! I am just now getting settled and back in the swing of things. Can you tell us how you've transformed from the beginning to now as an artist? Well, the beginning was a little 10 years old boy and his three older brothers performing all over Indiana, Kentucky, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, and Florida. I loved performing with my brothers, but they got older and started living normal lives. I always knew I wanted to live in the music world. To answer your question, I have learned so much from experiences, people, other musicians/artists, and fans. I learn something new every day. I believe this has made me a better writer, producer, singer, and performer. How did you come up with your latest project? I was on my way to a show in Gainesville GA and I looked over at this beautiful farm. You know, everything was updated so nice, but over in the corner was this old barn that wasn’t touched. It needed paint, repairs, and some TLC. It gave me an idea for a song, and by the time I got to the venue I had written the song in full. Where are you from originally? I was born in Dalton Georgia, moved to Indiana when I was 8. Then I moved to Alabama when I was 12 years old, and Florida at age 15. Where do you live now? I am now living in Central Florida. Do you think where you live impacts how your music is made? Most definitely! I believe your surroundings give you so much inspiration when it comes to your style, songs, even the type of artist you want to be. It would be easy to say that you are a country, or rock or any genre for that matter, and it doesn’t matter where you live, but from experience, I don’t believe that. Most musicians, singers, writers, or producers would probably say that they love many different genres of music, so I would have to say if you are in a tropical region, then your music no matter what genre would have flavors of Island, Latin, and Reggae somewhere in them. The same would be for a more rural area would be inspired by country, folk, etc.. or a big city would be inspired by some urban, rock, even hip hop. (That’s just my opinion) What was the inspiration to make music your career? It’s funny, I can’t remember anything inspiring me to make my music my career, but in the early stages of my career all I cared about was being a superstar, like Michael Jackson, or Elvis, but when I was 15 years old, I watched a concert of Little River Band on HBO and they had a different singer than usual. (John Farnham) This guy was amazing and changed the way I looked at music. I remember saying, “I don’t care if I am ever famous, I just want to be able to sing as good as him”. I am still working on that, but it has taught me to treat my music like art. I also understand that you can’t get too caught up in the “ART” that you forget what your fans want to hear. How do you want to shape your career? I am still trying to figure that out, but the most important thing to me is for people to hear my songs and when they hear me sing that they are also able to take something home with them, and hopefully it stays with them for years to come. Do you work on a tight timeline always or do you go with the flow when it comes to your music? I have to say these are great questions! I have OCD so I am very organized, and I have anxiety about time, and being late. I have never been late for anything, and I don’t intend to. It is different though, when it comes to writing, and creating. I don’t believe that can be rushed. I would say I am a slight perfectionist, but too much not to ever release anything. I have released music many times that I probably should not have, but if I waited for perfection nothing would ever be released. How did your latest title of your music come to be? Basically, the story of how I came up with my latest project explains that. I saw That Old Barn and it was a no brainer. “That Old Barn” Is it hard to let go of the music when it is done? Lol, I will let you know if I am ever able to do that. I have licensed, released, even sold (bad idea), my music and I still must keep track of anything I have created. Do you feel an emotional attachment to your music? Yes, as you probably acknowledged from the question before this, but there are songs that I am more attached to than others. I have written songs in the past that I should not have, but still my creation, so you know. How would you describe your music in one word to someone who hasn't listened to it yet? Probably the hardest question you have asked! I have been inspired by so much in my life, so there are so many ways to describe what I do, but I will try. “Heartfelt” Where do they go to listen NOW?

www.acesuggs.com

https://www.youtube.com/acesuggsmusic On all streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, etc.. What has been the best fan reaction to your music? Another awesome question! I have been blessed with some of the best fans an artist could have, so there are so many great shows and reactions. Here are two of the most memorable ones. In the 90’s I did a show in Miami, opening for major artists like Gloria Estefan, Jon Secada, Selena, etc.. It was estimated that there were approximately one million people there. As I was singing my song, I got carried away thinking I was a superstar, and I put the microphone in the direction of the audience, thinking they were going to sing that part of the song. I was pleasantly surprised when they actually knew the songs and did in fact sing along. The other was at a farewell concert in the mountains of Georgia for some of the most appreciative fans ever. I could go on and on about shows and how amazing my fans are, but we will leave it here. Is there anything exciting coming up for you? I am getting settled in, and I am about to hit the studio again, which always excites me. I am looking forward to a great year of music, shows, collaborations, and a couple of things I must keep on the down low. (for now) Are you performing the song anywhere LIVE? Right now, I am doing some local shows all over the state of Florida, and I always include my latest songs. You can find my show calendar on my website www.acesuggs.com Give us all your socials and links so fans can link up with you! Facebook @acesuggsmusic https://www.facebook.com/AceSuggsMusic/ Instagram @acesuggsmusic Tik Tok @acesuggsmusic Twitter @acesuggsmusic www.acesuggs.com