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An award-winning singer, songwriter and composer, Suzanne Brindamour traces her musical roots back to her family. Growing up in suburban Washington D.C., the youngest of five children, Brindamour was surrounded by music. Hearing her father play piano, her mother sing, and her three older brothers jam on guitar ignited a passion for music in young Suzanne. At age twelve she began to play the guitar herself and later learned to play the family piano by ear. During Brindamour’s painfully shy teen years she began writing songs, incorporating her signature finger picking influenced heavily by the acoustic styles of Dan Fogelberg and James Taylor.
At age 20, she moved to Arizona, to pursue her education and explore her artistic talents. While there she landed in her first band, “Kid Trousers & Wisdom Bricks” and spent the next 2 years honing her skills as a songwriter and vocalist. She returned home to Maryland after learning that her mother was suffering from terminal cancer -- a harrowing experience that inspired Brindamour’s “Waiting in the Wings” from her first CD.
Brindamour composed her first piece of music for television while interning at the CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C. for the series “Capital Edition.” Using her vocal and keyboard skills, she recorded a song that was used as a farewell tribute for the show’s host.
After completing a degree in communications with honors in 1992 Brindamour when on to work in both television and radio production while continuing to write music. Using keyboards and home recording equipment she wrote scores for clients including National Geographic Television, “National Geographic Explorer,” FOX’s “America’s Most Wanted,” and Mercedes Benz.
Working at WFRE/WFMD Radio in Frederick, Maryland, she wrote, produced and voiced commercials for air. Her humorous ad campaign “Honeypot and Little Possum” earned her a first place ADDY award. Productions she scored earned a POLLIE, Axiom, Telly, and a Silver Screen Award in the U.S. Film Festival.
Returning to her acoustic roots and overcoming shyness, Brindamour decided to become a performer and recording artist in 1998. Her first self-titled CD released in 1999 of all original songs elicited an incredible response from critics (The Washington Post, On Tap, The Gazette) as well as the listening public. An excerpt from her song, “Dear Sevda,” was used in the soundtrack for the television series “Popstars” which aired on the WB (now CW) and MTV.
In 2001, Brindamour spent a year and a half working with hospitalized children using music as therapy. There she experienced the healing power of music and found great inspiration, which she channeled into the song “Here” included on her 2nd CD, “You Are Here,” released in 2005.
Combining her craft for writing scores with her skill as a songwriter, Brindamour wrote the music for the documentary film “Barnstorming” and released its soundtrack of 13 instrumental tracks and one song in July of 2009. The film’s great American story inspired Brindamour to take up the ukulele. She also plays acoustic guitar, piano and kalimba on the soundtrack and employed the talents of an upright bass player, drummer and banjo player.
Brindamour has performed both solo and with a band backing her at prestigious venues in the Washington, DC area including the National Theatre, State Theatre, and Iota Club and Café as well as venues in southern California such as The Gig, Twiggs, and The Gypsy Den. Over the years, while building her fan-base as a singer, songwriter, she continued to write scores and work in television, both behind the camera and in front as host and actor for a variety of programs. Currently she is co-producing and hosting an upcoming web series called “Troubadour” which chronicles her travels around the country and the globe discovering and sharing in the music being made there.
Brindamour continues to be passionate about making music, exploring musical boundaries and using music’s unifying quality to bring people together.
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