"Warley's sound emulates all the great American singer-songwriters of the past, but with a little bit of edge that sounds like a female Kenny Rogers," observes Carson Barker of Highland Lakes Newspapers. Indeed, Susie's musical influences have included songstresses such as Carly Simon, Stevie Nicks, Olivia Newton-John, Carol King, and Emmylou Harris, with her favorite super groups being the Beatles, Steely Dan, The Eagles, and Heart. In recent years, Texas singer-songwriter Shake Russell has been her mentor and appears as a guest artist on both "Kalypso" and the upcoming "Naked Dreams" album, the latter of which also features a co-write with Shake. Nashville singer-songwriter, Buzz Cason, who penned the megahit "Everlasting Love," has also been of tremendous help to Susie. While most of the songs on "Naked Dreams" are original tunes, the album does include two of Buzz's newest songs.
Returning to her rock and roll roots, Susie's most recent project, Naked Dreams, is an eclectic collection of 12 original songs that spans the gamut of musical genres and lyrical themes. Whether it be a soft love song or a hard heart-breaker; an enchanting vignette or a bold outpouring of raw emotion; a simple idea or a deep philosophical thought, this collection is sure to tease the ears and stimulate the minds of music lovers of all kinds. Best of all, the CD showcases the amazing talent of producer and renowned guitarist John Inmon.
Susie’s debut album, Kalypso, has been described as “world folk” and beautifully showcases her unique vocal style. From sweet and ethereal to rich and emotive, the euphonic tenor of Susie’s voice is sure to please the ear and pull on the heartstrings. Hollywood actress Mamie van Doren selected the title track for her Goddess Video (see blog above).
In performance, Susie’s repertoire includes originals, along with obscure and popular cover songs. She has performed in venues across Texas, New Mexico, Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York.
Originally from New Hampshire, Susie moved to Texas in 1984 and currently resides in Horseshoe Bay with her husband, Gene, and their two sons. Her singing career began at the age of 7 in church and school choirs. When 12, she received a pawn shop guitar as a gift and began learning the basics from a family friend. Before too long, she was accompanying herself in talent shows. A couple of years later, her father built a Heathkit organ and she enrolled in organ lessons.
A Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Texas-San Antonio, Susie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and is currently pursuing a Master's degree at the Middlebury College Bread Loaf School of English in Middlebury, Vermont. She also writes poetry and is working on a novel. A former marathon runner, Susie continues to make running an essential part of her day.