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Art & Life with Something Sue

Today we’d like to introduce you to Something Sue.

Something, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I was born in Orange County in 1990 to an interracial Brazilian couple. My family was never wealthy; we were “broke” living the “American Dream” in an oddly segregated, predominantly white, middle-class area, where the minority was mainly Hispanic and Asian. I grew up in two different worlds- one that nourished my growing love of people, music, art, and creativity…and another that didn’t seem to provide many resources that would create a space for me to embrace who I was. My dad was a pastor, and my mom sang in the worship team and worked with the youth group at church for a long time. Growing up in a Brazilian protestant church In Orange County was my first introduction to culture- any kind of culture. I was fascinated by how colorful, warm, and rich my Brazilian culture was, and I became involved in music, dance and theater in church at a young age.

Over time, an aversion to indoctrination in and out of church, combined with astounding contrasts in how I was taught to treat others versus how I’ve been treated, and a total lack of proper education on Native and Black American histories (which are fundamental in the forming of our nation), have led me to look further into myself. This introspection has enabled me to break out of fearful tendencies, which resulted from internalizing so many feelings that I was encouraged to sweep under the rug. Expressing myself through music served as an escape from confusing realities in both segregated worlds I was living in- but now I see music as a portal into a world that you and I can create with others, allowing me to share love and promote a future that doesn’t require you to “fit in” or internalize feelings. I’m here to dialogue.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am a gigging singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist… When I first started showing interest in taking my music to the stage, most of my amazing musician friends were already in bands and other projects and simply did not have the time to collaborate with me. I’ve learned to make music however I can with whatever I have available to me. In many ways, I’ve learned that less is more! As a result, I perform as a “one-woman band” via live-looping, as well as in a duo/trio and full band- weaving Brazilian roots styling with blues, rock, and hip-hop influences.

Music is therapeutic and also a higher form of communication for me. It has given me a platform to engage with people who, otherwise, wouldn’t give me the time of day. I believe that it has healing properties for individuals as well as groups, and the world needs more of that. The saying that “Music brings people together” is something that I live daily- I’m just a conduit. I’d like for my music to inspire people to think for themselves, come together, be kind, and to be ambitious…we are all creators!

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
For musicians, specifically, my advice is to play with as many other music artists as you can…no matter what level of a musician you are! It’s never too late to learn, and you never know enough to stop learning- knowledge is power. Open mic’s are a good place to connect with other local artists, find one close to you and put yourself out there.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can support my work by:

-Following me on social media to keep up with my journey.
-Listening/sharing/following my music on Spotify, iTunes, or any other major music streaming services.
-Purchasing merchandise and donations are very helpful as well!
-Come see me perform live at a show – info on my website and social media!
Instagram: @something_sue
Facebook: @somethingsuemusic

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Image Credit:

Sherry Edwards, Chantal deFelice

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1 Comment

  1. Ulisvania Nascimento

    September 10, 2018 at 20:25

    Sue, I love you unconditionally, no matter what! You are smart, pretty, kind, a good friend to be around, a great musician and singer! I am proud of you because you are a amazing girl! Be happy with yourself, be successful and enjoy your life!

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