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 an honest 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.