Sue Turner has been called an emerging star for more than a decade.
So, why hasn’t she emerged?
Because music was not her priority.
She was busy doing other things that she thought would make her happy.
But a freak podiatrist-breaks-foot accident in 2018 left her recuperating on the couch, strumming her guitar, and reflecting on the wisdom of the lyrics she wrote for
‘Later is a Lie,’ the title track of her latest CD of original tunes:
“Later is a lie I'm not tellin’ anymore... I know who I am, what my life is for….”
By the time her recovery was complete, Sue Turner had made the gutsy decision
to be a musician, not a physician.
‘Later is a Lie’, Sue Turner’s second CD, is a collection of original tunes released in 2018 that blends folk and blues with a dollop of jazz. Producer John Ellis
(Barney Bentall, Be Good Tanyas, Jane Siberry) showcases Turner’s fresh and energetic melodies as she invites listeners on an adventurous musical journey.
Lyrically, Turner is a natural and self-deprecating storyteller who weaves the
humour and turmoil of everyday life into her tales.
Even with ample physician-heal-thyself therapy, Turner’s broken foot
left her unable to perform in support of her 2018 CD.
She used her convalescence to re-evaluate her two-career life.
After much introspection, Turner chose to focus on a career in music.
She began 2019 by simultaneously closing her podiatry practice and preparing for her first cross-Canada tour. She’s been busy auditioning musicians for her band, selecting repertoire and booking appearances at blues and folk festivals across the country.
Sue Turner’s “Later is a Lie” 2019 tour rolls out on April 19th at Vancouver’s Pacific Central Station, when she embarks upon a six-week journey as a featured Artist Onboard VIA Rail.
“All My Graces,” Sue Turner’s 2008 debut CD, has its’ genesis in the singer’s
I-can-do-that-too attitude that she discovered during a rollicking performance by the Powder Blues Band at ‘The Yale’, then Vancouver’s top R&B room. Sensing that she had found her true calling that night, Turner persevered through an intensive, year-long series of blues-oriented piano lessons with Willie MacCalder (Powder Blues, Long John Baldry, Ferron) and Darryl Havers (Farmer’s Daughter, Idle Eyes, Jim Byrnes.)
Dr. Sue Turner earned a degree in kinesiology from the University of Waterloo,
where she also swam competitively.
Her interest in performing was initially piqued while studying at the California
College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco.
She draws inspiration from many artists she first saw in the Bay Area, including
Nanci Griffith, Guy Clark, Jesse Winchester, and Daniel Lanois.
Sue grew up in Simcoe, Ontario and graduated from Glendale High School in nearby Tillsonburg. Her musical career began when her legs were strong enough to pump the pedals of her family’s player piano. She later took piano lessons that ended when music theory classes began. She fondly recalls using a record player to listen to Chicago, The Carpenters, Boston, Van Morrison, The Eagles, Elton John, and a plethora of
Canadian and American rock and folk bands.
Listen to 'Later Is A Lie'
Listen to 'All My Graces'
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In The Media !
Bruce Miller, legendary Canadian songwriter who has spent 3 decades writing for country superstars, including The Dixie Chicks, Rascal Flatts and Reba McIntyre, says this:
“ ... on first listen, one is reminded of early Joni Mitchell or Laura Nyro, but with a more subtle self-effacing humour. The melodies are gorgeous and strong as they wryly expose the intimate details of her reckless living in the aftermath of burned out Winnebagos and other temporary residences. But there is always hope and re-invention to her stories. As she crisscrosses Canada playing clubs or on Via Rail this year, do not miss this wonderful folk singer.” (2019)
Patrick Brown, Island Tides (Music Editor) reviewed "All My Graces"
"I can’t decide whether Sue Turner’s “Soft In All My Graces” is poetry set to music or music set to poetry. One does get the impression [though] that the words came first. The verse form is sometimes abstract, sometimes with long narrative lines; sometimes there are choruses, sometimes not. But listen to the words [and] there are thoughts, ideas, passions, certainties and uncertainties there distinctly personal and very Sue. [But one thing’s for sure her] music is rich and melodic, with hints of jazz [and blues].” (2009)