2012 EWORLD MUSIC AWARD WINNER
JAZZ/BLUES ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Susan Wylde is the winner of an E WORLD MUSIC AWARD for 2012. The awards were created by the producers of the Golden Globe Awards and the Spirit Film Awards.
Susan was previously nominated in 2011 for a dance / electronic project that was co-produced by Susan and 2011 Grammy Nominee – Eddie Bullen.
2012 Toronto Independent Music Award – Blues Artist of the Year
LABEL: SUN, MOON & STARS ENTERTAINMENT
DISTRIBUTION: CD BABY
“When you are in the light, you are standing in a place of contentment and joy,” explains vocalist/pianist Susan Wylde regarding the title of her latest album. Exploding every cliché about the blues, the classically-trained conservatory graduate from Canada understands the true purpose of the music when she declares, “People want us as artists to be as open about ourselves and as vulnerable as we can be. The blues is a perfect genre for me to express myself fully – on both an emotional and soul level.” Citing the diverse influences of Etta James, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Herbie Hancock, Joni Mitchell, Mavis Staples, Joe Jackson, Dr. John and Sting, among others, she possesses a multi-faceted alto voice that she commands with authority. Wylde has been nominated for a Canadian Independent Music Award, an E World Music Award and a Toronto Independent Music Award and was a finalist in the International Songwriting Contest. She is also the creator, producer and artistic director for Goddess Charity Events that has raised thousands of dollars for women’s and children’s charities. A track from her last album, Shambhala, was selected for the globally-released Absolute Voices II that also features Norah Jones, Sarah McLaughlin, Alison Krauss, and Sade. Shambhala created a buzz in Asia, sold well in Canada, USA and Europe, and was nominated for an Ontario independent music award.
The blues-infused In The Light, co-produced by Wylde and guitarist Jack de Keyzer, contains 12 tracks equally split between a range of covers and her vibrant and witty originals. Along with singing lead and playing piano, Wylde has an able supporting cast in Dave McMorrow, Denis Keldie and Martin Aucoin (keyboards), de Keyzer and Pete Schmidt (guitars), Alec Fraser (bass), Rick Donaldson (drums, percussion), Colleen Allen and Turner King (tenor saxophones), Dave Dunlop (trumpet and cornet), Jerome Godboo and Paul Reddick (harmonica) and Jasmine Bailey (backing vocals).
The original “One Real Man” shuffles and swings with a sassy vocal about “…needing one real man, to keep me warm” as Jerome Godboo and de Keyzer embellish and prod the tune along with exuberance. Her touching and heart-felt ballad “I Can’t Tell New Orleans Goodbye” is Wylde’s worthy tribute “for the people of New Orleans.” Showing off an unerring sense of pitch and phrasing that sets her apart from many of her contemporaries, it also contains the first of Colleen Allen’s expressive tenor sax solos. On her funky “Love Me All Night Long” buoyed by Dave McMorrow’s gently propulsive piano, Wylde expresses her passion by allowing her “instrument” to soar through its range, with rich harmony added by Jasmine Bailey contributing to the catchy melody while de Keyzer plays a smooth, jazzy solo over the limber groove. “Lovely Push-Up Bra” addresses with appropriate humor a subject likely unique in the blues in an “olde-timey” style from the prewar jazz age with idiomatic piano from Denis Keldie so authentic you swear he wears shirt garters. Dedicated to the late Canadian guitar hero Jeff Healey, it features authentic, Dixieland cornet from Dave Dunlop that Healey would have loved, as he was a knowledgeable fan of the era and also a horn player.
“Three Hours Past Midnight,” the Johnny “Guitar” Watson slow blues classic, is the emotional centerpiece of the record as Wylde visits that corner of her soul where only the blues can offer solace. In a voice that is resigned and devastatingly effective in its restraint, she is joined in counterpoint by de Keyzer playing obbligato fills and searing, razor-edged breaks that are equal parts Watson and his own, while Turner King tries to split the reed of his tenor sax with a honking blast. The Bessie Smith classic “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out,” done up in true Dixieland style with Wylde’s rollicking piano and piquant harp from Paul Reddick, finds her once again inhabiting the lyric to express feelings that cannot be faked. The original minor key title track is a melancholy shuffle with a silver lining where Wylde states her credo with conviction; “I say yes, not maybe, life is peaceful I can trust,” as de Keyzer, her instrumental counterpart, picks nimbly while McMorrow seamlessly combines groove with melody and Allen adds a melodic tenor sax solo. “That’s What You Do to Me” lifts the energy with a dynamic, stop-time shuffle previously covered by fellow Canadian bluesman Colin James and featuring Wylde strutting her stuff and delivering the clever lyrics (“Well, some say it’s luck, others say it’s a curse. And many people tell me I’m living in reverse”) as McMorrow proffers a fat, swirling organ solo.
Wylde sings and plays piano with such convincing passion on the sensuous J.D. Loudermilk 8-measure blues ballad “Turn Me On” that she could have written it. Pete Schmidt shines with silky, fluid guitar solos and Allen delivers yet another tasty tenor interlude as Wylde caresses every syllable. “Georgia On My Mind” is a certifiable classic of American pop music from Hoagy Carmichael that Wylde interprets with intelligent understatement, allowing the “genius” of the melody and the poetry of the lyrics to flow from her lips as naturally as breathing. Schmidt and Allen again work in tandem to supply smooth, bluesy instrumental breaks in keeping with the overall ambience of the composition. B.B. King’s classic minor blues crossover hit, “The Thrill is Gone,” is recast with a funky vibe made extra redolent by de Keyzer, Allen and McMorrow on organ while Wylde reveals the languid jazz phrasing that is a major part of her background. It also shows up in the closing number, “At Last,” the classic R&B ballad that was a hit for Etta James. Along with a blue-hued tenor solo from Allen, the effect is dreamy and mesmerizing, shorn of the theatrics that a less confident singer would apply, leaving the listener with a gossamer memory that lingers.
Wylde gets far inside her songs, turning them into unflinching personal statements to be shared and savored. She is a refreshing change from the histrionic, melisma-spouting singing that too often passes for emotional intensity in contemporary music. Instead, she produces an extraordinary aesthetic experience through the clear expression of deep feelings filtered through her satin vocal chords.
Dave Rubin, 2005 KBA Award winner in Journalism
Susan has been selected as one of twenty /blues/jazz/adult contemporary vocalists from across the globe for a compilation disc. This disc – “Absolute Voices 2″ was released in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan etc. – December 2010. It is also available through digital download. This disc also features tunes from Grammy winners Norah Jones, Sarah MacLaughlin, Sade, Alison Krauss etc. Susan Wylde’s most recent blues recordings were co produced by Susan Wylde and Canadian blues icon/two time Juno winner – Jack DeKeyzer.
These tunes “That’s what you do to me”, “Three hours past midnight” etc. are available at CD Baby/itunes/retail etc. These blues tunes will be featured on Susan Wylde’s new CD – “In The Light” . This CD has been released and is available at CDBaby now. This CD features 12 new tracks – Half original tunes, half covers.
Blues/Singer songwriter with a little R&B and Jazz Susan Wylde is a vocalist/songwriter/pianist. She has lived and/or performed in such culturally rich locations as Europe, Thailand, Hawaii, Japan and Cuba, USA, Canada, China, Bahamas. Susan is a classically trained pianist and a graduate of the Western Conservatory of Music. Her love of singing lead her into performing in musical theatre at a young age in Canada. Her previous CD, co-written with Eddie Bullen, is called ‘Shambhala’. The 14 tracks on this CD draw from blues as well as the jazz,pop,R&B. Susan’s songwriting and voice speak of clarity, vibrancy, emotional depth and soulfulness.
“Not a copy act, she focuses attention on the individuality of her own artistic sensibilities. Susan’s soulful voice, insightful lyrics and unique arrangements satisfy the senses” – Downbeat magazine.
Shambhala has already been nominated for blues/jazz awards and many festivals in Canada and outside Canada have invited her to perform on their mainstage.
Susan’s diverse influences include: Bessie Smith, Herbie Hancock, Joe Jackson, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Sting, Spyro Gyra, Steeley Dan, Etta James, Joni Mitchell, Mavis Staples, Dr. John, Eric Clapton, Jeff Healey, Rita Chiarelli. One of Susan’s producing partners, Eddie Bullen, is a Juno award-winning producer, writer and performer.
In 2008, Eddie was chosen for the job of music director for the Beijing Summer Olympics music gala. Susan has shared the stage or studio with the following musicians: Charlie Wilson, Julian Fauth, Delfeayo Marsalis, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Hilario Duran, Simon Wilcox, Brian Griffith, Danny Lockwood, Emm Gryner, Esthero, Harrison Kennedy, Grace Kelley, Diana Braithwaite, Chris Whiteley, Jack deKeyzer, Jeff Rogers, Marissa Lyndsey, Adam Soloman, Adrean Farrugia, Kate Schutt, Eddie Bullen, Jochim Nunez, Ken Whiteley, Reg Schwager, Don Thompson, Roberto Sibony, Melissa McClelland, Kevin Dempsey, Mark Cashion, Cindy Fairbank, Dave McMorrow, Paul Reddick, Jerome Godboo, Alec Fraser, Dave Dunlop, Colleen Allen, Denis Keldie, Martin Aucoin. This year has been great for Susan Wylde. Highlights are: performing in Japan, New Orleans, Miami, New York City, Hawaii, Korea and Cuba, opening for Grammy Award winner Delfeayo Marsalis.
Susan is the Creator, producer and artistic director for Goddess Charity Events. These events have raised thousands of dollars for women’s and children’s shelters and have helped World Vision and several environmental charities. Susan has created a new fundraising project. The “ONELOVE” project will give a portion of all downloads to charity. The first CD will be co produced by Eddie Bullen(Deborah Cox, Glenn Lewis, Maestro, Fefe Dobson) and Susan Wylde. The first single(written by Susan Wylde) will be available across the internet very soon. The project will feature well known musicians from across the globe – various genres and cultures. Based in R&B dance, ONELOVE will fuse R&B dance with jazz, world beat, funk , rock etc. Watch for the ONELOVE project performing across the globe in various festivals and concerts.
Susan’s dance/pop music project is on a separate page on sonicbids – www.sonicbids.com/susanwyldedancepop.
Look for Susan’s new Goddess Internet Radio Show starting very soon. Details will be available here.
In the recent past, Susan was nominated for a Canadian independent music award and a finalist in the International Songwriting Contest
- Susan Wylde
- Jack deKeyzer
- Pete Schmidt
- Alec Fraser
- Dave McMorrow
- Susan Wylde
- Denis Keldie
- Martin Aucoin
- Rick Donaldson
- Colleen Allen
- Turner King
- Dave Dunlop
- Jerome Godboo
- Paul Reddick
- Backing Vocals
- Jasmine Bailey
- Susan Wylde
- Jack deKeyzer
- Norm Barker
Shambhala – Receiving airplay on the internet and on Blues, Jazz,College,Community,AC,
Radio Stations – worldwide
Evolution – successful pop CD – with various blues and jazz influences.
Absolute Voices 2 – Compilation disc – released across the globe. Features Susan Wylde and several Grammy winners – Alison Krauss, Sade, Norah Jones, Sarah MacLaughlin etc.