Suzie McNeil

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Suzie McNeil
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Suzie McNeil in April 2011
Background information
Birth name Susan Jane McNeil
Born (1976-10-15) October 15, 1976 (age 39)
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Genres Pop rock
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, television singing competition judge
Instruments Vocals, guitar, harmonica, keyboard
Years active 2005–present
Labels Curve
Universal Music Canada
604 Records
Associated acts Loving Mary, Jerome Godboo, INXS, Marti Frederiksen, Steven Tyler
Website suziemcneil.com

Susan Jane "Suzie" McNeil is a Canadian pop rock singer and songwriter. After garnering attention as a contestant on Rock Star: INXS in 2005, McNeil began pursuing a musical career and released her debut album, Broken & Beautiful, on April 10, 2007.[1] Its second single, "Believe" was re-recorded with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in support of Canada's Own the Podium campaign, and served as the official anthem of the Canadian team for the 2010 Winter Olympics.[2] McNeil performed alongside Theory of a Deadman and Andrée Watters at the halftime show during the 96th Grey Cup.[3] Her second studio album, Rock-n-Roller (2008), spawned the successful single "Supergirl", a cover of the Saving Jane song. In 2011, McNeil signed with Canadian label 604 Records and enjoyed mainstream success with the songs "Drama Queen" and "Merry Go Round". They preceded the release of her third studio album, Dear Love, which came out on August 7, 2012.

In 2014, after a two-year hiatus from her solo career, McNeil teamed up with Elisha Hoffman, Rebecca Lynn Howard, and Marti Frederiksen to form the country rock quartet Loving Mary.[4] They have recorded an EP released in 2015, and have reportedly written enough songs for a full-length album to follow shortly thereafter.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

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.

Personal life[edit]

McNeil dated band mate, Canadian musician Sean Cotton, while competing on Rockstar INXS. They were exclusive for several years before she moved to pursue her musical career. McNeil briefly dated screen actor Scott Walters in 2007 after the pair met working on We Will Rock You; they got engaged that summer, but ended up separating.[2] On October 14, 2013, McNeil became engaged to musician Andrew McTaggart while in Las Vegas celebrating her birthday.[5] The pair moved to Nashville, Tennessee in early 2014 and married on June 7, 2014.[6]

Career[edit]

2005—2007: Career beginnings and Broken & Beautiful[edit]

In 2005, McNeil was a contestant on Rock Star: INXS, finishing fourth overall in the competition.[7] 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.[8]

McNeil's single "Hung Up" 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 March 29, 2007.[9]

McNeil's song "Believe" was originally recorded on her debut studio album, Broken & Beautiful, released on April 10, 2007.[10] It was featured on NBC's promo for the reality weight-loss show The Biggest Loser,[11] as well as throughout season four of Beauty and the Geek.[12] The song had debuted exclusively on "King Ben's Injection of Perfection" radio programme on 2RRR in Sydney, Australia, on September 9, 2006 to positive reaction. The single was also used as a fundraiser for Own the Podium for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.[13] 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).[14]

McNeil appeared on Matt Nathanson's album Some Mad Hope singing background vocals on the songs "Sooner Surrender" and "Bulletproof Weeks",[15] and 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.[16]

McNeil appeared as the character Oz in the Canadian production of "We Will Rock You" at the Canon Theater in Toronto until August 4, 2007.[17]

McNeil performing in December 2007

2008—2010: Rock-N-Roller and Grey Cup[edit]

In March 2008, prior to her April tour, she held a contest for her fans across Canada to sing her hit single "Believe" and post it on her website; viewers then voted for the winner.[18] In May 2008, McNeil released her third music video, "Lonely (Are You Coming Home?)". 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,[19] and also recorded the theme song for the show, "Let's Go"[20] which she performed on the show's first season finale at Canada's Wonderland in Toronto on September 28, 2008.[21]

On November 4, 2008, McNeil released her second solo album Rock-n-Roller which featured her latest Top 20 hit "Let's Go".[22] Re-released as a deluxe edition in 2009, Rock n Roller: Reloaded spawned two singles, "Supergirl" and "Help Me Out".[23] She performed during 96th Grey Cup halftime show broadcast live on November 23, 2008 along with Theory Of A Deadman and Andrée Watters.[24]

On March 28, 2009, McNeil headlined a concert held at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto to celebrate WWF's Earth Hour.[25]

In 2010, McNeil, an ex-smoker, appeared in commercials for Thrive lozenges a smoking cessation aid.[26] She also appeared on Canadian Idol winner Brian Melo's second album The Truth in the duet "Story of Us" released in 2010.[27]

2011—2013: Dear Love and This Is Christmas[edit]

McNeil began the Dear Love era on November 7, 2010 by releasing the first video Drama Queen Intervention 1 on her YouTube account.[28] She released the Drama Queen lyric video on iTunes on March 15, 2011[29] and the official music video release on March 17 on YouTube.[30] Nearly five months later, in July 2011, McNeil released the Merry Go Round lyric video on her YouTube account.[31]

In February 2012 the album's third single "Tough Love" was released on radio. The single was released on iTunes On May 8.[32] Dear Love, her third studio album was released August 7, 2012.[33] On November 20, 2012, McNeil released a collection of Christmas songs, both covers and originals, on her album This is Christmas.[34] During the promo tour, McNeil officially confirmed "Love Can't Save Us Now" as the official fourth single from the album Dear Love.

2014—present: Fourth solo album and Loving Mary[edit]

In 2013, McNeil began working on a duo project with previous songwriting collaborator Marti Frederiksen, which was reportedly intended to follow in the style of American country trio Lady Antebellum.[4] Instead, they teamed up with Grammy-winning country singer Rebecca Lynn Howard and songwriter Elisha Hoffman to form the band Loving Mary, which they envisioned as a sort of modern-day Fleetwood Mac.[4] The group's sound has been described as a combination of Americana, country, and rock n' roll.[4] An EP, Loving Mary - Live, was recorded and released in early 2015,[35] while a full-length album is in the final stages of recording.

In addition to her work with the band, McNeil confirmed through her Twitter account that she is also working on a fourth solo album, which is "already written".[36]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details
Broken & Beautiful
  • Release date: April 10, 2007
  • Label: Curve Music
Rock-n-Roller
Dear Love

EPs[edit]

  • Live Acoustic (2010)
  • This is Christmas (2012)
  • Loving Mary - Live (2015)

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
CAN
[37]
CAN AC
[38]
CAN Hot AC
[39]
2007 "Hung Up" 55 Broken & Beautiful
"Believe" 61
"Broken & Beautiful"
2008 "Lonely (Are You Coming Home?)"
"Let's Go" Rock-n-Roller
(and Rock-n-Roller: Reloaded)
2009 "Supergirl" 26 3
"Help Me Out" 27
2011 "Drama Queen" 96 23 Dear Love
"Merry Go Round" 75 8 38
2012 "Tough Love" 25 38
"Love Can't Save Us Now"
(featuring Faber Drive)
15
2015 "The Best is Yet to Come"[40] 36 TBA
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other appearances[edit]

Year Title Other artist(s) Album Notes
2005 "God's Top Ten" INXS Switch[41] Backing vocals
2006 "I Want to Know What Love Is" Clay Aiken A Thousand Different Ways[16] Featured artist
 ? Jesse McCartney Right Where You Want Me[42] Backing vocals
2007 "Bulletproof Weeks" Matt Nathanson Some Mad Hope[15]
"Sooner Surrender"
2009  ? Foreigner Can't Slow Down[43]
2010 "Story of Us" Brian Melo The Truth[44] Featured artist
2011 "(It) Feels So Good"[45] Steven Tyler N/A Backing vocals
2012 "Ain't Got No Home" Garth Hudson Chest Fever: A Canadian Tribute to the Band[46] Featured artist

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Result
2008 Juno Award for New Artist of the Year[47] Broken and Beautiful Nominated
Independent Music Award for Favourite Pop Artist[48] N/A Won
Canadian Radio Music Award for Hot AC[49] "Hung Up" Nominated
Canadian Radio Music Award for AC[49] "Believe"

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Stevenson, Jane (20 November 2008). "McNeil excited for Grey Cup gig". Canoe.ca. Sun Media. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Theory, Suzie McNeil, Andrée Watters to play Grey Cup show". CBC News. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 14 October 2008. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d Kennedy, John R. (21 March 2014). "Canadian singer Suzie McNeil launches new band Loving Mary". Global News. Shaw Media. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Kennedy, John R. (18 October 2013). "Canadian singer Suzie McNeil engaged". Global News. Shaw Media. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Kennedy, John R. (7 June 2014). "PICS: Singer Suzie McNeil marries musician Andrew Mactaggart". Global News. Shaw Media. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "'Rock Star: INXS' cuts Suzie McNeil, selects its three finalists". Reality TV World. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  8. ^ "Last woman standing". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  9. ^ "Hung Up". YouTube. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  10. ^ "Broken and Beautiful". AllMusic, a division of All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  11. ^ "Basic Vacation Release 'I Believe' Video and Song Plays for Biggest Loser". DaysTune. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  12. ^ "Music from Beauty and the Geek". Music from Film. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  13. ^ "Suzie McNeil song aims to boost Canadian Olympians". CBC/Radio-Canada. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  14. ^ "Suzie McNeil song aims to boost Canadian Olympians". CBC News. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 18 September 2007. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  15. ^ a b "Some Mad Hope". AllMusic, a division of All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  16. ^ a b "A Thousand Different Ways". AllMusic, a division of All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
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  28. ^ "Suzie McNeil - Drama Queen Intervention 1". YouTube. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  29. ^ "Drama Queen (Regular) Preview Suzie McNeil". iTunes. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  30. ^ "Suzie McNeil - Drama Queen". YouTube. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  31. ^ "Merry Go Round". YouTube. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  32. ^ "Tough Love - Single Suzie McNeil". iTunes. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  33. ^ "Suzie McNeil new album "Dear Love" released August 7th!". YouTube. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  34. ^ "This Is Christmas Suzie McNeil". iTunes. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  35. ^ "Loving Mary Live - EP". Loving Mary. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  36. ^ McNeil, Suzie (22 March 2014). "Suzie McNeil on Twitter". Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  37. ^ "Suzie McNeil Album & Song Chart History - Billboard Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  38. ^ Canada AC peak positions:
  39. ^ Canada Hot AC peak positions:
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  41. ^ "Switch - INXS | Credits". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  42. ^ "Right Where You Want Me - Jesse McCartney | Credits". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  43. ^ "Can't Slow Down - Foreigner | Credits". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  44. ^ "The Truth - Brian Melo | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  45. ^ "(It) Feels So Good - Steven Tyler". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  46. ^ "Chest Fever: A Canadian Tribute to the Band - Garth Hudson". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  47. ^ "Juno Award nominee plans to knock 'em dead -- with her dress". The Leader Post. CanWest MediaWorks. via canada.com. 5 April 2008. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  48. ^ "Feist, Lund and The New Pornographers win Independent Music Awards". CanWest MediaWorks. via canada.com. 8 March 2008. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  49. ^ a b "CAB Announces 2008 Canadian Radio Music Awards Nominations". Broadcaster. 19 December 2007. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 

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