Suze DeMarchi

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Suze DeMarchi
Suze DeMarchi in 1991
Background information
Born (1964-02-14) 14 February 1964 (age 53)
Origin Perth, Western Australia
Genres Hard rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1985–present
Labels Mushroom Records, Social Family Records
Associated acts Baby Animals
Nuno Bettencourt

Suze DeMarchi (born 14 February 1964) is an Australian singer-songwriter, best known for fronting the band Baby Animals (1989–1996, 2007–present).

Early life[edit]

DeMarchi was born in Perth, Western Australia to Walter and Shirley DeMarchi and has three older siblings; her sister Denise is also a singer. DeMarchi began her singing career in the early 1980s when she was just 17, playing in local band Photoplay.


Early years and Baby Animals[edit]

In 1985, she moved to London, England where she was signed to EMI and had a fairly successful solo career in pop music, where she released a number of singles: "Young Hearts", "Big Wednesday" and "Dry Your Eyes".

Disheartened by the record company's attempt to slide her into a pop career, along with missing working with a band, she returned to Australia in mid 1989, where she and fellow Perth musicians Frank Celenza, Eddie Parise and Dave Leslie formed the band Baby Animals. The band met with success in their native Australia, releasing two albums, touring with Van Halen, and winning various awards before permanently disbanding in 1996.[1] This was mostly due to legal battles with their record label Imago and Suze having nodules in her throat – she even had to stop singing for a short while because of them – in 1993, which forced the band to cut short the tour for their second album.

Solo career and reunion[edit]

After the demise of Baby Animals in 1996, DeMarchi pursued a solo career. Although living in Boston with her husband and young daughter (apparently temporarily in her mother-in-law's basement at one point), she signed to Mushroom Records Australia and released 1999's Telelove, which featured the single "Satellite". DeMarchi supported the album with a May tour around Australia as the singles "Karma" and eventually, "Open Windows" hit the shelves. DeMarchi was also nominated for an ARIA in 1999 for Best Female Artist. A second national tour was planned for September, but it never materialized.

In 2001 it was rumoured that DeMarchi would be joining INXS as their new front person to replace Michael Hutchence, who died in 1997,[2] following her performance with them at a concert in December 2000 where she sang "Shine Like It Does", "Never Tear Us Apart", and dueted with Jon Stevens (frequent replacement frontman for INXS, and formerly of the band Noiseworks) for "Good Times" and "Don't Change".

In June 2004 DeMarchi was recognised by the West Australian Music Industry Association and inducted as one of the inaugural inductees into the WAM Hall of Fame. In 2007, DeMarchi collaborated with Nuno Bettencourt to perform vocals on several songs for the soundtrack of the motion picture Smart People, on which Bettencourt was credited for the musical score. That same year, Baby Animals announced they were reuniting.

Personal life[edit]

In the late 1980s, DeMarchi dated Gavin Rossdale, former lead singer and guitarist for the band Bush. Bush's song "Comedown" from 1994's Sixteen Stone is about their relationship.[3]

In 1993, DeMarchi met Nuno Bettencourt, guitarist at that time for hard rock band Extreme. They co-wrote and performed the song "Because I Can" for Baby Animals' second record Shaved and Dangerous. On 27 August 1994 the couple married in the Azores, Portugal where Bettencourt's family is from. On 2 February 1996 they had their first child, daughter Bebe Orleans. On 12 August 2002 DeMarchi and Bettencourt welcomed their second child, Lorenzo Aureolino in Los Angeles.[4] The couple separated in 2009[5] and announced their divorce in 2013.[6]



  • Telelove (March 17, 1999)
  • Home (July 24, 2015) – #26 Australia


  • "Young Hearts" (1986)
  • "Big Wednesday" (1987)
  • "Dry Your Eyes" (1988)
  • "God Took a Picture" (1995, promo single)
  • "Satellite" (1998)
  • "Karma" (1998)
  • "Open Windows" (1999)
  • "Our House" (With Russell Morris) (2015) – Radio promo release


  1. ^ "Suze DeMarchi and Baby Animals: The evolution of Baby Animals, so far...". Archived from the original on 8 October 2007. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Mike Gee (2001-01-18). INXS seek a Baby Animal?
  3. ^ Adams, Cameron (10 January 2008). "Suze DeMarchi from Baby Animals is ready to rock". Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Suze DeMarchi Biography". Archived from the original on 25 February 2008. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Baby Animals". Retrieved 16 February 2013. [dead link]
  6. ^ Christine Sams (2012-03-16). "Not the end: DeMarchi rocks up with the band". Retrieved 2015-11-23. 

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