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Suzie McNeil in April 2011
|Birth name||Susan Jane McNeil|
October 15, 1976 |
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
|Occupation(s)||Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Judge|
|Instruments||Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboard|
Universal Music Canada
|Associated acts||Loving Mary, Jerome Godboo, INXS|
Suzie McNeil was born Susan Jane McNeil on October 15, 1976 in Mississauga, Ontario. She has two sisters, Laura Norris and Sarah McNeil, and a brother, Andrew McNeil.
2006-2009: Career beginnings, Broken & Beautiful and Rock-N-Roller
In 2005, McNeil was a contestant on Rock Star: INXS, finishing fourth overall in the competition. In January 2006, McNeil moved to Los Angeles, to develop her music career. On January 26, 2006 she announced plans to record her first CD with Executive Producer John Kalodner and Producer Marti Frederiksen. In the summer of 2006, McNeil performed as a backup singer for Pink on her North American tour.
McNeil's first single, "Believe" was featured on NBC's promo for "The Biggest Loser" reality weight-loss show as well as throughout season four of Beauty and the Geek. The song was exclusively debuted by "King Ben's Injection of Perfection" in Sydney on September 9, 2006, to positive reaction. The single was also used to raise funds for Own the Podium at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Her debut studio album, Broken & Beautiful, was released on April 10, 2007. McNeil also appears on Matt Nathanson's album Some Mad Hope. She sings background vocals on the songs "Sooner Surrender" and "Bulletproof Weeks." She also appears on Clay Aiken's album A Thousand Different Ways as guest vocalist on "I Want to Know What Love Is", a cover of the Foreigner song.
McNeil's single "Hung Up" has gained significant radio airplay, especially in Canada. The music video was released to MuchMoreMusic on the week of February 19, 2007 and was uploaded to YouTube on February 10, 2007.
McNeil has sung several versions of Marineland ad jingles.
In May 2008, McNeil released her third music video, "Lonely (Are You Coming Home?)".
McNeil held a contest for all of her fans across Canada to sing her hit single "Believe" and post it on her website and viewers would vote for who shall win.
McNeil was one of the judges on the first four seasons of the children's Canadian reality TV show, The Next Star, on YTV, which premiered on July 18, 2008. She also recorded the theme song for the show, "Let's Go", and performed it on the show's first season finale at Canada's Wonderland in Toronto on September 28, 2008.
It was announced on October 13, 2008 during the Montreal Alouettes and Calgary Stampeders football game, that she would be one of the musical acts to play during 96th Grey Cup halftime show along with Theory Of A Deadman and Andrée Watters. The Grey Cup aired live on November 23, 2008.
On November 4, 2008, McNeil released her second solo album Rock-n-Roller which featured her latest Top 20 hit "Let's Go". Re-released as a deluxe edition in 2009, Rock n Roller: Reloaded spawned two singles, Supergirl and Help Me Out.
McNeil appears in commercials for Thrive lozenges to help quit smoking.
McNeil's song "Believe" was originally recorded and released on her debut CD, Broken & Beautiful. The Olympic inspired video for "Believe" was recorded with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and released on September 17, 2007. The video stars Canadian Olympians Steve Omischl (freestyle skiing - aerials), Joannie Rochette (figure skating), and Clara Hughes (speed skating).
2010-present: Dear Love, This Is Christmas, Fourth Studio Album
McNeil began the "Dear Love" era in November 2010 releasing the first video "Drama Queen Intervention 1" via. her YouTube account. It was then later, McNeil released the "Drama Queen" lyric video following the iTunes release date in February 2011 and the official music video release on March 17.
Nearly five months later in July 2011, McNeil released the "Merry Go Round" lyric video via. her YouTube account once again following iTunes release and the official music video release on December 2. McNeil has performed in many venues with tracks from the third-coming album, Dear Love.
In February 2012 the album's third single "Tough Love" was released on radio. The single was released on iTunes in April.
On June 12, McNeil tweeted a photo of the official tracklisting of the upcoming third studio album Dear Love, released August 7, 2012. The following tracklisting is below. On June 25, McNeil revealed the official release date as well as the official album cover in a video on her YouTube channel. The official release date (for iTunes and in-stores) is August 7, 2012 with pre-sales beginning July 24 along with a promo tour throughout Canada.
During the promo tour, McNeil officially confirmed "Love Can't Save Us Now" as the official fourth single from the album Dear Love.
On November 1, 2012 McNeil confirmed she would be releasing a Christmas album titled "This Is Christmas" on November 20. The album would include her four original Christmas songs written over four years, as well as four covers of classic Christmas songs.
McNeil is currently working on her fourth studio album. Name and release date have not been confirmed
|Broken & Beautiful||
- Live Acoustic (2010)
- This is Christmas (2012)
|2007||"Hung Up"||55||Broken & Beautiful|
|"Broken & Beautiful"||—|
|2008||"Lonely (Are You Coming Home?)"||—|
(and Rock-n-Roller: Reloaded)
|"Help Me Out"||—|
|2011||"Drama Queen"||96||Dear Love|
|"Merry Go Round"||75|
|"Love Can't Save Us Now"
(featuring Faber Drive)
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
Awards and nominations
|2008||Juno Award for New artist of the Year||Broken and Beautiful||Nominated|
|2008||Independent Music Award for Favourite pop Artist||Broken and Beautiful||Won|
|2008||Canadian Radio Music Awards||"Hung Up" "Believe"||Nominated|
- "CFL names Grey Cup halftime entertainment". OurSportsCentral.com. Retrieved 2008-10-13.
- "Suzie McNeil Album & Song Chart History - Billboard Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
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- Audio Interview recorded April 2007 in Toronto, Canada
- Suzie McNeil Official Fan Site