The Story

First guitar!

First guitar!

Things like this happen along my music roads.   Joan Baez stopped  into small club in Santa Clara where I was performing,  and we sang a few together   (more photos and the whole story on a separate blog page soon)

Things like this happen along my music roads. Joan Baez stopped into small club in Santa Clara where I was performing, and we sang a few together (more photos and the whole story on a separate blog page soon)

Still having fun after all these years!

Still having fun after all these years!


Suzanne Shea... born and raised in San Diego California  grew up listening to a wide variety of music: The Ray Conniff Singers,  Martin Denny Orchestra,  Chuck Berry,  Elvis Presley, The Doors,  Beach Boys,  Beatles,  Sam Cooke, Otis Redding,  Joan Baez,  Kingston Trio,  Pete Seeger,  and Peter Paul and Mary.  She'd nab her sister's transistor radio and place it under her pillow each night learning all the Top40 hits,  word for word,  then head down to her cousin Kate's house,  where they'd learn songs from current Musicals.   Add in mandatory school Choir that required she learn  three and four part  harmonies on intricate pieces of music in Latin,  a Mom who loved to sing songs of the 30s and 40s around the house,  and a Dad who knew a lot of old Irish ditties, and by age 12,  little Suzie knew "variety"  was going to be a key factor in her music life.  At age 13 Suzanne got her first guitar and that sealed the deal; in two years she started playing small coffeehouse bookings and was on her way. 

From the  "steak and ale" chain restaurant gigs five and six nights a week for 10 years,  to the fingertip-numbing gigs of Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe (9pm to 3am,  six nights a week living in hotels for months at a time for two years), to the super-sized Country Music stages in northern California working with some cream -of- the- crop  top musicians for five years full-time,  and five more part-time.. then in 90's full circle  back to her roots playing intimate cafes, bars and restaurants… Suzanne has paid her dues and then some!  She currently enjoys selective local gigs in San Diego,  and traveling around Europe doing house concerts or guest spots either solo,  or with her son, Michael Philip Reed.  

It  doesn't surprise her at all that three generations, here and in Europe,  sing along with her song selections.  These are well-written songs, songs with "legs", handed down generation to generation. She considers it a privilege to keep those songs going strong. Suzanne is sure to throw in some of her original songs as well  that she has penned along her road…a road that just keeps going!