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2008 JUNO AWARDS

Nominated for best new artist of the year and the Juno 2008 Fan Choice Award, Suzie McNeal chats with FLARE.com about life on the rise of musical stardom


2008 JUNO AWARDS
Nominated for best new artist of the year and the Juno 2008 Fan Choice Award, Suzie McNeil chats with FLARE.com about life on the rise of musical stardom

Suzie McNeil

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Suzie McNeil

Having grown up in a very musical family—what is your fondest childhood memory?
My mom used to make me and my sisters do 3-part barber shop shows for her and her friends! She definitely put the performing bug in me. There was always music in my family. My mom was always singing at the top of her lungs. On long car rides, she would sing a song and my sisters and I would do sing-along harmonies. I think that’s where most of my training came from.

What musical artist do you most identify with?
Definitely Pink. I sang back-up for her and it hit me that I was performing with my favourite female modern artist.

Did you ever doubt your talent or face any setbacks?
(Laughs) Oh yah. I think we all have insecurities, but to me insecurity is what holds you back. I’ve been making a living as a musician since high-school, doing commercials and stuff, but I truly wish that I told myself “I can do this” much earlier. Life’s too short to second-guess yourself and there are plenty of people in this industry who will do that for you!

When you’re not singing, what do you like to do?
I like to feel active and alive, so exercising and spending time at my cottages up north. Growing up, I spent every summer around Muskoka so I love it up there—with my family and friends. But lately, my life has been all music, which is okay too.

Describe the real Suzie in one word.
I’m positive. Even though I play rock, I’m not the real dark, brooding type. I like to be real.

Favourite music in your iPod
I like Matt Nathanson—his stuff is great and he’s a friend. I also love the usual: Pink Floyd and The Beatles of course.

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