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Art & Life with Susan Hanlon

Today we’d like to introduce you to Susan Hanlon.

Susan, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
For the last 15 years, my focus has been solely on building my vocal teaching studio and helping artists in the recording process as a vocal coach. This past year, I turned my focus to writing and recording my sophomore album, Louder Every Minute. I have had this desire to get back out there and perform and record and I finally realized that there will never be enough time and that if I want to do it, then I need to make things happen now! So, here we are, and I am incredibly excited to share my music with everyone.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My songs come from some of my most joyful, painful, vulnerable and frustrated moments. I wrote some of these songs as I was dealing with depression, in the middle of a divorce, graduate school, meeting my current husband Manny and learning to find my own joy in the moments when the news cycle can be overwhelming.

I am hopeful that songs like “find the good” will cheer someone up who is overwhelmed. I am hopeful that my song “blindsided” might help someone else get through a separation or divorce. I want my music to connect with others and in the end show them that no matter how rough things can get, it will be a little better eventually. Take things one day at a time and look for the good in the world!

My musical style combines jazz instrumentation and horn sections with pop melodies and grooves. My hope is that my music might introduce elements of jazz to listeners who are unfamiliar with the genre.

Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
Do as much as you can with what you have and surround yourself with creative people. This will enable you to make strides in the right direction. Be your authentic self and put yourself out there. Friends and colleagues will help if you ask for input and assistance with recording, performing, videos, etc. If you can be creative and focused, you can always find a solution!

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My new album, Louder Every Minute (Armored Records), releases on Friday, January 18th. The album will be available on all streaming platforms as well as Compact Discs available on my website: www.susanhanlonmusic.com.

I currently have two singles out, “I am a Warrior” and “Find the Good” on Spotify, iTunes, apple music, YouTube, etc.

I am hoping to book some more local shows this spring, so keep an eye out for dates on my website!

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Image Credit:
Elle Logan Photography

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