Racine native Suzanne Jamieson hasn't slowed down for a second since leaving Wisconsin at the age of 18 to pursue her "show-biz" bug. Living in Los Angeles, Jamieson appears in several national commercials, writes the "Haute Health" food blog and just released her debut album, "A Sun-Up Sky."
Recently, we chatted with Jamieson about life after growing up in Wisconsin, her age-old love for music and her brand new album.
OnMilwaukee.com: What prompted you to release your debut CD?
Suzanne Jamieson: After finishing a cabaret called "Speak Low" in July 2007, I decided to record the songs just because it was something I had always wanted to do. I finished that about a year later and decided that I would submit it to Lee Lessack's record label, LML, which covers similar styles of music and is based out of L.A. You can imagine my thrill when Lee called me and told me he'd like to pick up the album ... but with some changes.
The songs made sense in the context of my cabaret, as it was a musical memoir -- but as an album it was not as cohesive as he would have liked. So, we took some songs out, put some new songs in, re-recorded several of the songs to capture the tone and feel of the new album, and we ended up with "A Sun-Up Sky," of which I am very proud. It was a dream come true for me to release a CD and I am honored and humbled to work with this great label.
OMC: What draws you to American songbook favorites, Broadway and pop classics?
SJ: Well, I have always loved show tunes. And songs from the "Great American Songbook" grab me because, well, they're just really good. Beautiful, simple, soulful songs. There is a reason they're still around and still so beloved. "Don't Cry Out Loud," a song originally recorded by Melissa Manchester, is the only real pop classic on the album.
OMC: You attended Syracuse University for musical theater. Is that where your musical background comes from?
SJ: I've been singing since I was a little …Read more...