Portrait of Suzannah Espie

Suzannah Espie

Suzannah Espie is a Melbourne-based singer songwriter. She began performing with her alt-country pop band, GIT, in 1997. With a voice marrying country, soul, blues and pop, she has performed on albums by artists ranging from Mick Thomas, Jeff Lang and Matt Walker to Liz Stringer and Barb Waters. She also performs with Sarah Carroll in country outfits the Cartridge Family and the Junes, and she has released three solo albums: A Few More Days (2005), First and Last Hotel (2009) and most recently, Sea Of Lights (2012).

Sea Of Lights found its way into many best-of lists in 2012 — as did the album tour she undertook with Altmann and Stringer — from the Age EG and Rhythms magazine, to even scoring the prestigious Nani award from 3RRR’s Banana Lounge broadcasters (Dave Graney and Elizabeth McCarthy). Espie earned one of the biggest accolades of her career when the Port Fairy Folk Festival named her the 2013 Port Fairy Maton Artist of the Year – joining an honour roll including luminaries such as John Butler, Archie Roach, the Waifs and Mick Thomas. She was also named MBAS Blues Performer of the Year in 2008.

Chris Franklin