Susan Abod’s first theater was in the basement of her Chicago home. At age 7, she nailed a blanket to the wall – every stage needs a curtain- and sang the entire score of “South Pacific” to her family. She took her first guitar lessons at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago at the same time that the Beatles records were hitting the American Top 40 charts. Hearing Barbra Streisand’s album for the first time, Susan became hooked on telling a story within a song- and her own compositions reflect this: drawing on folk, blues and pop, cabaret and jazz styles.
Graduated from DePaul University School of Music with a degree in music composition, she performed and recorded with Willie Tyson, Casse Culver and Betsy Rose.
In 1982, Susan was ready for her first “solo” run. She had already developed her own writing and performing style: a combination of her growing library of original material and her unique arrangements of jazz and pop classics. She completed a successful 6-week European tour and began to build a name for herself in the Boston area, lining up gigs at popular nightspots like Ryles and Club Café. The Encore Awards nominated Susan Abod “Outstanding Female Vocalist for Excellence in Boston Cabaret.”
While living in Boston, Susan became involved with The Living With Aids Theater Project, which created “Alive with Aids,” an original musical for which she wrote and performed two songs, “Soliloquy” and “In the Moment.”
“In the Moment,” Susan’s self-produced CD features 16 songs representing a collection of her original songs reflecting music and lyrics that are thought-provoking, inspiring, entertaining and each telling a compelling story.
Diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome in 1986, Susan harnessed her diminishing physical strengths and wrote and produced an hour-long film documentary called “Funny, You Don’t Look Sick” about her own debilitating condition. The film was first screened at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in November, 1995 and has since been distributed to thousands of individuals, schools and libraries throughout the country and abroad.
On the mend- here in Santa Fe- Susan is thrilled to be singing, performing and writing again. And we Santa Fean’s are thrilled by her performances.
What People are Saying:
“Santa Fe Boasts some hidden gems like Susan Abod “
Jonanna Widner Santa Fe Reporter
“The first time I heard Susan Abod, her honest, sumptuous voice carried me. This was a voice I wanted to hear more of….”
Mary Jo Palumbo- The Boston Herald.
“Susan Abod is blessed with the voice of an angel, a devilish wit and the soul equal to Billie Holiday and Mae West. Singing her heart out, she touches yours…”
“Fresh and innovative songwriting. Understated emotional power. Funny. Tender. Well-sung and well delivered- a gift for the listener…”
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