Sue Turner is an unstoppable force in the world on behalf of living one's life authentically.
After a freak podiatrist-breaks-foot accident in 2018 left her recuperating on the couch, strumming her guitar, she reflected 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 had signed up for a cross-Canada tour as an Artist Onboard Via Rail, a program that highlights musicians' talents aboard the famous passenger train that runs coast to nearly coast. 2020 so far included a trip to Australia during the bushfires and has more recently entered into a songwriting, art and video project that promises a plethora of provocative performances across many platforms.
‘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.
“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.
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)