Suzanne’s Band is an Indie-pop group started by Mia Suzanne Walker in 2017. Bringing more than 40 years of combined music experience from piano lessons, guitar, singing in church, leading choirs and musicals (throughout junior high and high school), and performances with various adult music groups, provided Walker with the gusto to start this project. She released her first EP, ‘Breath’, in November of 2017. Taking a mix of influences from the 60’s to the 90’s, you won’t want to miss out on her classic sound.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the “catalyst” for you to start writing music?
I went through a separation & divorce in 1997 and had started writing back then but stopped. I started playing guitar in 2015 and that started the process again full throttle. I also started playing the piano again which helped as well. I found that a lot of music out there I just couldn’t relate to or understand the lyrics. I wanted to write music that you could hear, feel and see a picture while you listened.
Let’s get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Trying out for America’s Got Talent and realized about 10 seconds into the song that my G string was too high. The one on my guitar, that is.
Makes for a great story now, but I was bummed at the time. It was tuned in the main holding area but when we went to the try out room the temp was 10 degrees hotter and I’ve got nylon strings. Nuff said.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Hearing what I wrote and composed played by a full band for the first time. Oh my word! I can’t even describe how wonderful that felt.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Ha! It hits me anywhere. I’ve learned to keep a pen and some paper handy or use the notes section in my phone. I could be in the car driving, out walking, listening to beats, etc and something just pops in my head.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
Radio airplay and getting gigs is the hardest.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
I love Steve Tyler’s energy and impromptu lyric singing ability.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
I tailor my set lists for the audience I will be playing for then work on flow so the songs match up well with one another.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Young and Free was tough as it was the longest and conveyed several ideas. I would put it aside for a few days then come back to it and just chip away at it till I had it.
What’s coming up in the future?
Working on a full length CD this summer that will hopefully be out in 2019. Making more music videos for the new music.
Tell us where fans can access your music.