Susan Carol... The Artist
Music is always and forever a vibe. A connection that is both personal, and memorable. With poetic and infectious energy, Susan Carol is entering the music scene smoking hot. She has a voice that makes you sit up and pay attention to truly immerse yourself into the experience of her sultry and captivating voice. Raised singing in her family’s church choir, music was and still is a huge part of her life. Changing the game one freestyle at a time, you will fall into her care-free and classically perfect Neo-soul trance. Come along, because this is a ride you surely don’t want to miss.
I believe that music is one of the truest forms of love and expression. Tell us a bit about your background and how your musical journey began?
My dad was a pastor so I was raised singing in my family’s church. My whole family was musically inclined in some way, so music always played a huge part in my life. The REAL musical journey or artistry that you guys see today, started in 2010 when I went away to college. I really found my voice and writing style in those years. That’s when I decided to start
performing and releasing music, essentially becoming Susan Carol - The Artist.
Your freestyle sessions are addictive. I am certain I watched nearly all of them. You are giving classic, care-free, Neo-soul with a slightly raspy and sultry voice and it’s insanely infectious. How does it feel when you are completely uninhibited and in your zone of creativity?
Thank you so much, I love that you love what I do! I love it! – When I’m in that creative space, I feel an extraordinary amount of liberation. That’s when I’m the most vulnerable and real. In that space, I can truly express my feelings without judgment and transform them into something beautiful to give to the world.
What was the name of the very first song you recorded and when was the first time you picked up a guitar?
Damaged Goods was the very first song and the first time I picked up the guitar was December 24, 2018. I was coming home from work and I just felt a strong urge to buy a guitar. I went to cash my check and then headed straight to Guitar Center. That day, I learned my first 4 chords and posted a video. It went crazy! Needless to say, it was one of the best decisions I made for myself and my career.
Virgo women are known to be perfectionists, very witty, fiercely independent, and never afraid to speak their minds. Do you feel this is pretty spot on? What do you feel your strongest personality trait is?
Yesssssss, Immediately YES! My strongest personality trait, I would say, is perfectionism. It plays the hugest role throughout every aspect of my life. From how I create to how I interact with and treat people. I will do it perfectly or not at all. We’re the best!
I listened to At The Park, Free To Be & Damaged Goods on SOUNDCLOUD and I can relate to each one of them. It takes me wayyyyy back down memory lane. Where were you mentally and emotionally when you recorded those songs?
I was in love, or at least what I thought was love at the time. Those songs reflect the feelings I had surrounding the person I was in a relationship with at the time.
This world has hit us with so much harshness and uncertainty. From the onset of the pandemic to the sadness of recent shootings. What or who do you turn to when you need positive inspiration?
When I need positive inspiration I go outside. I turn to nature and God/The Universe. Seeing the beauty of the world around me and being in nature really inspires me. I can think clearly, listening to the wind blow and the bird’s sing.
When you sing you enunciate very well. If I had to describe it I would say it’s reminiscent of spoken word meets the dopest melodic energy to create something quite magnificent and that in itself is a complete vibe. Have you ever received any type of voice and singing lessons?
Yes, well kinda, I was in choir in high school and our choir teacher was phenomenal. She taught us all aspects of singing and made us work to be the best choir in my city! I’m classically trained and also trained in Jazz singing, along with Gospel and R&B/Soul, of course.
You are told you can pick any 5 artists to collaborate with on your next album. Who are you choosing?
Pharrell, Andre 3000, Kenyon Dixon, Jazmine Sullivan, and Smino.
Musicians deal with so many unwanted thoughts from others. How you should dress. What you should sing. Why you shouldn’t do certain things. The list is exhausting and never-ending. How do you disconnect and remain focused in such an opinionated world?
I’m at the point where I love myself enough to trust myself and trust that what I feel is valid and is right to do for me in my life. I don’t allow other people’s opinions to dictate my actions. If who or what I am makes you uncomfortable you have the CHOICE to remove yourself from my space or page.
The roots of music run deep. Music brings us together in many moments. Times of sorrow, times of joy and celebration, or perhaps just grooving while you clean the house. What song do you currently have on repeat and what gets you out of your seat to dance?
WYTD - Kenyon Dixon
The music is muted, the house is quiet and it’s a perfect rainy Saturday morning. How do you unwind and what is something your fans would be surprised you love to do?
Reading an actual book or sketching/painting something abstract on a canvas.
You are asked to perform at the 2023 Grammy Awards. What type of emotion are you feeling at that very moment?
Unspeakable Joy. I’m CRYING an endless stream of joyful tears!
I have an eclectic musical taste. I love what sounds good and makes me feel. I can from 0 to 100 real quick, or get in my emotions when I’m listening to gospel music. What mark do you hope your creativity leaves with the music lovers of the world?
I hope to leave a mark filled with lots of unconditional love, warmth, understanding and above all else I want my listeners to feel seen and loved after hearing my music. An Audible HUG!
We all want to know, what’s next on Big Su’s agenda and when can we expect it?
I’m currently working on my first studio, industry-standard album. I’m super excited about it and you guys can expect it this summer!
Last but not least, how can your fans find, follow and support you?
Spotify/Apple Music: Susan Carol
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AJ is a creative writer and storyteller writing from her home in Indiana.
"This is how you do it; you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it's done. It's that easy, and that hard." -Neil Gaiman