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Suzannah Espie’s voice melts all over you, gets under your skin and settles deep inside.

Her soulful songs merge with powerhouse vocals to create pure listening pleasure.

This blues/soul songstress knows her craft; she’s been on the Melbourne music scene for more than 25 years after leaving Perth a lifetime ago, and still thrives on playing hometown front bars where the crowds get rowdy and rock on.

“I still get stage fright,” she says. “I mean what happens if people think I’m s–t?”

Unlikely, as this mother of two is just about to release her fourth album Mother’s Not Feeling Herself Today on the back of the haunting single I’m Sorry which was recorded with a choir of 13 female musicians.

Her folk/country album Sea of Lights received album of the year in Rhythms Magazine 2012 and was listed in the top 15 albums of the year in the 2012 Age Entertainment Guide.

She was also Port Fairy Folk Festival Maton Artist of the year 2013.

A lot of hard work has resulted in receiving the music kudos she deserves.

Espie spent eight years gigging around Australia and touring the States in three-part harmony country pop band Git with Trish Anderson and Sarah Carroll.

She performs with country outfits the Cartridge Family and the Junes, and continues to write and record.  So how does she juggle the kids, a musician husband (who plays in three bands too) and stay sane and creative?

“It’s just who I am.

“My parents played a lot of music at home and Mum and nanna played the piano.

“I wrote my first song at fourteen.”

Does she have any nerves releasing her next album after the great success of Sea of Lights?

“I’m really proud of Mother’s Not Feeling Herself Today.

“It’s the first time I’ve written songs to a theme – all those pressures women place on themselves when they have kids and the conflict between art and motherhood.

“I’m very happy with it,” and you’ll be happy too because Espie is heading peninsula way in November.

Check her out at Music on the Hill (MOTH) in Red Hill on Friday November 6.  

You won’t be disappointed.

Liz Rogers



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