Suzie Brown & Scott Sax w/ Jessica Smucker
An evening with great singer/songwriters.
November 12, 2014 · 7:00pm
An evening of great singers and songwriters with Suzie Brown & Scott Sax, along with Jessica Smucker.
Suzie Brown & Scott Sax
Suzie Brown writes songs to process her life. For a singer-songwriter, it’s not that unique of a creative impulse. But when you’re also a cardiologist, used to being stoic and selfless on the job, the catharsis is even more essential. “Music is my place to be honest,” says Brown. “I can say how I’m really feeling. I like not having to be so strong.” With her gift for unforgettable melodies and evocative lyrics, it’s hard to imagine it’s been only six years since she penned her first song. In that time, she’s been nominated for several Independent Music Awards, named a finalist in the Mountain Stage NewSong contest, a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition, among other accolades, and had her music featured at Starbucks, The Gap and Anthropologie. Scot Sax knows his way around a song. He has been writing them for years, whether it was with his own bands Wanderlust and Feel, or as a purveyor of hits for singers like Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. It was Sax, in fact, who co-wrote the country duo’s Grammy-winning smash “Like We Never Loved At All.” His catchy “I Am the Summertime,” penned while with the band Bachelor Number One, was featured in the blockbuster “American Pie.” And he’s netted countless TV credits, with song placements in shows like “Ghost Whisperer,” “NCIS,” “CSI: NY” and “Keeping up with the Kardashians.” Brown and Sax met by chance at a mutual friend’s wedding. 11 months later they were married. It didn’t take long to realize that their chemistry was infectious both on and off the stage, and they have been slowly but surely combining their musical worlds. Sax co-produced Brown’s latest album ‘Almost There’ with Oliver Wood (Wood Brothers). Brown’s folk/Americana roots influenced Sax to explore a more raw, stripped down sound on his latest release “I’m in A Mood.” The couple relocated to Nashville in the winter of 2014, and have spent much of this year co-writing with some of Nashville’s finest writers. This November, they are embarking on their first tour as a duo.
Jessica Smucker never meant to become a serious songwriter. For much of her life, she sang for fun and dabbled on the piano, but her real passions were poetry and nonfiction writing. She published numerous poems and essays in magazines and journals during her twenties, but as time went by she increasingly found herself turning to the piano for relaxation. Moving her fingers over the keys seemed to draw out words from a different place within her – a deeper, yet more effortless place.
Once she had written a body of songs, it took her a few years to find the will and the courage to put them out into the world. Now, seven years into her music career, she still thinks of herself as a writer first – and a reluctant performer. But audiences experience her voice as a sincere and captivating embrace – the perfect sonic match to her emotionally eloquent lyrics.
Jessica has performed all over the Eastern U.S. and has won several national songwriting contests including the Connecticut Folk Festival Song Competition (2013) and SolarFest ‘s Singer/Songwriter Showcase Competition (2010). She has opened for notable acts like Cheryl Wheeler and The Kennedys, shared festival stages with Patty Larkin, Catie Curtis, Dar Williams, Antje Duvekot and others, and co-billed with up-and-comers like Heather Maloney and The Stray Birds.
Jessica recently released her second full-length album, Tumbling After.