Suzanne’s love affair with music began in Racine, Wisconsin. When her mother began taking piano lessons for fun, Suzanne, at age 6, announced that she, too, wanted to play. Soon after, she knew that she had discovered the medium through which she could ‘shine!’
Soon after, she began acting in school plays and community theatre. Suzanne continued playing piano for her own enjoyment but discovered that vocally, she could combine her love of music and acting.
She went on to earn her BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University. In 2002, she moved to New York where she worked as an actress, but just a year later, life presented an opportunity to move to the West coast, and having only experienced extreme weather (Wisconsin…Syracuse…New York City), she jumped at the chance of beaches, palm trees…and Hollywood.
In Los Angeles, she has worked in many of the area’s premiere theatres, including South Coast Repertory, A Noise Within, Laguna Playhouse, and the Theatre at Boston Court. She also works in commercials, print, and film.
She released her debut album, A Sun-Up Sky, in 2009, which received rave reviews:
Long before “pop” became whatever Ryan Seacrest is hawking in any given week, it was a word synonymous with the Great American Songbook and the mature emotional palette expressed therein. Racine native Suzanne Jamieson excels in applying the colors from that palette to some of that book’s songs and others owing to its legacy. Over softly recorded arrangements rich with piano, Jamieson lends gusto to material by writers ranging from Cole Porter to Barry Manilow. Her supple soprano tone, given to occasional runs of diva drama, should find fans among those who already enjoy Kristin Chenoweth; Diana Krall lovers may also find favor with the prominence of keyboard against expressive female vocals.
Within that old-fashioned definition of pop, Jamieson combines jazz, adult contemporary and show-tune intuition into a sound just right for nightclub evenings and seductions aplenty.
She took a break to have daughter, Colette, in 2012 and shortly after started working on Shine: Lullabies for Everyone, which was released in October of 2014. On this album, she added another credit as songwriter for her collaboration with John Boswell on “I’ll Miss You Til the Morning,” an original lullaby. Shine has won a Parents’ Choice Award, a NAPPA Award, a Kids’ First Endorsement, Creative Child Magazine Album of the Year Award, and a Kids Choice Award.
Shortly after the album’s release, she added another credit as ‘Mother of Two.” Rowan was born in December of 2014. Aside from her passion for performing and music, Suzanne is a master Yoga Therapist, loves to cook (and eat), takes a geeky interest in positive psychology, and now, all things parenting-related (so many books, so little time!!). Suzanne also enjoys volunteering for child-focused non-profits including Junior League of Los Angeles, Westside Children’s Center, and Social Justice Learning Institute.