A 1970s-inspired folk-pop songwriter, Suzie Brown has chased her unique muse for a decade, making modern-day roots music that nods to the soul singers, heartland rockers, and blues artists who came before her. Gluing the sound together is the unforced voice and honest, autobiographical songwriting of a Renaissance woman who's not only an acclaimed musician, but also a part-time cardiologist and full-time mother.

Brown digs deep into her personal life with her sixth album, Under the Surface. It's anhonest record that finds her fronting a full-sized band, with layers of Telecaster twang, southern soul, and swirling keyboards underscoring her autobiographical songs about mortality, money, motherhood, and friendship. Written during the fleeting moments of free time between her shifts as an Advanced Heart Failure/Heart Transplant cardiologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and her never-ending duties as a mother of two, the record finds her peeling back the surface to stunning results, receiving nods from the NewSong Music Competition, the Great American Songwriting Competition, and the International Acoustic Music Awards along the way.

"You have no idea what's beneath the surface of people around you," she explains. "This album is me under the surface. It's an honest picture of what my life is like now."

For Brown, life began up north. Born in Montreal and raised in Boston, she spent time at Harvard Medical School and The University of Pennsylvania during her 20s and 30s, earning medical degrees while also nursing a growing need to create her own music. She began balancing those two passions, first in Philadelphia — where she released her first three albums — and later in Nashville, where she began building a family with husband Scot Sax and their two daughters. Released after a brief break from the limelight, Under the Surface finds Brown hitting a high-water mark of creativity, working alongside producer Billy Harvey and a band of top-tier instrumentalists to create her most timeless album to date.


- International Acoustic Music Awards Finalist 2018

- NewSong Music Competition Finalist 2018

- Great American Song Contest Finalist 2018

- 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

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“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.”