Brevard Music Icon Suzan’ah Free To Open For Beach Boys
By BREVARD LIVE // January 7, 2015
ABOVE VIDEO: The beautiful “Hawaiian Wedding Song” sung by Suzanah Free, with Roxanne Mililani Celio dancing, in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Produced by Tony Smith and pedal steel performed by Terry Crisp.
BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – Before the Beach Boys perform their legendary music at a concert on Saturday at Port Canaveral, a local artist will take the stage – Suzan’ah Free.
Free has been an entertainer all her life, performed at many festivals, and has just released her second CD, Ridem of the Islands, produced by Nashville’s Tony Smith who is best known for producing and arranging music for Lee Greenwood, Dolly Parton, Celine Dion, to name a few.
So if you want to see The Beach Boys live in concert, come a little earlier, around 6:30 p.m., to see Miss Suzan’ah Free perform a unique tropical show with exotic Island dancers and take you on an Island Party.
Raised in Oahu, Hawaii in the 60s and 70s, Suzan learned to play the ukulele at the age of 5. Also playing guitar and piano, she was influenced by the Latin rhythms her Spanish Mother loved, as well as the Jazz and Big Band Music that her Father favored.
As Suzan says, “Songs are usually something that begins in my heart, travels to my mind and then comes out of my fingertips, either on my keyboard, ukuleles or guitars.”
While on her honeymoon in Jamaica, she was enchanted by the word “Ridem” (the way the Jamaican’s pronounce rhythm) and incorporated it into her song “Ridem of the Islands,” which is also the title of her new release.
Suzan studied classical piano and music composition, and worked in the entertainment industry where she learned the ins and outs of music studio production.
But it wasn’t until she met Danny Ellis, who became the motivation machine behind getting her music produced, that she decided to step out with her first album, Forever Yours, featuring touch soul songs from her heart, also with the help of Tony Smith.
DON’T MISS THE PARTY OF THE NEW YEAR.
Tickets are now on sale to the public throughwww.Ticketmaster.com or call 1-800-653-8000 or 321-323-4460.
Suzan and Danny performed as the Reverend Danny & Sister Blues, opening for national acts such as Charlie Daniels, KC & Sunshine Band, Mark Chestnut, David Howe and more.
Their successful entertainment company called Kokopeli Music, produces themed and specialty events for public, private and corporate clients.
During 2007 and 2008, Suzan was the female lead vocalist for the 17 piece big band, SWINGTIME, in Melbourne.
She formed SRAZZ in 2009, a 5-piece jazz band featuring some of the finest jazz musicians.
Currently, Suzan performs as a solo, or with the duo or trio version of SRAZZ, playing keyboards and ukelele, presenting a lively show featuring a variety of Pop, Island, Jazz, Blues and of course, Suzan’s original tunes.
Suzan is currently back in the studio with Tony Smith working on her third CD.
As Suzan says, “Songs are usually something that begins in my heart, travels to my mind and then comes out of my fingertips, either on my keyboard, ukuleles or guitars.” Her next CD is expected to be released early summer.
For more information log on to SuzanahFree.com