Suzy Bogguss

Suzy Bogguss

Infobox musical artist
Name = Suzy Bogguss

Img_capt = Suzy Bogguss at "Wine Women & Song" concert on 19 May 2007
Img_size = 400
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Susan Kay Bogguss
Born = birth date and age|1956|12|30
Origin = Aledo, Illinois, USA
Instrument = vocals, Guitar, Piano
Genre = Country, Folk
Occupation = Singer
Years_active = 1987–Present
Label = Capitol
Associated_acts = Lee Greenwood
Matraca Berg
Gretchen Peters
URL = [ Suzy Bogguss Official Site]

Suzy Bogguss (born Susan Kay Bogguss, December 30, 1956) is an American country music singer. In the 1980s and 90s she released one platinum and three gold albums and charted six top ten singles, winning the Academy of Country Music's award for Top New Female Vocalist and the Country Music Association's Horizon Award.

After taking a brief recording hiatus in the mid-1990s to start a family with her husband, songwriter Doug Crider, Bogguss returned to the country music industry, but did not match her previous commercial success. Although she last appeared on the Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart in 2001, Bogguss continues to record and perform around the country to a small but loyal following.

Early life and rise to success

Bogguss was born in Aledo, Illinois. At the age of 5, she began singing in the Angel Choir of the College Avenue Presbyterian Church in her hometown. With the encouragement of her parents, she took lessons in piano and drums, and as a teenager picked up the guitar as well. She starred in several musicals at Aledo High School, where she was crowned homecoming queen during her senior year. After graduating in 1975, she enrolled at Illinois Wesleyan University, but later transferred to Illinois State University, graduating in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in metalsmithing.

While in college, Bogguss sang and played guitar in local coffeehouses, and after graduating became a regular on the club circuit in the Quad Cities area, performing frequently in Davenport, Rock Island, Kewanee and Peoria. In 1980, she began touring the United States, and produced her first independent album, "Suzy", on the Old Shack Recording label. This LP was available for purchase at her shows and is now considered to be a rare collector's item.

In 1985, Bogguss moved to Nashville, where she worked as a demo singer by day and played in clubs at night. The following year, she became the first featured female performer at Dollywood, a theme park owned by country music legend Dolly Parton. This prompted her to produce an eponymous demo cassette, which she sold at her Dollywood shows. During this time she met songwriter and future husband Doug Crider, who penned one of the songs on the demo. Eventually, the demo caught the attention of a record label executive Jim Foglesong, who offered her a recording contract on the Liberty/Capitol Nashville label.

Liberty/Capitol recording career

In 1987, Bogguss released her first singles on the Liberty/Capitol label. Of these ("I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire," "Love Will Never Slip Away," and "Come as You Were"), two succeeded in making the lower reaches of the country music charts, but were left off her first LP, "Somewhere Between", in March, 1989. The album, with its blend of traditional and contemporary styles, drew positive reviews, and Bogguss finally struck gold when the record's second single, "Cross My Broken Heart," became a top twenty hit on the country music charts. Following its success, she was named the Academy of Country Music's Top New Female Vocalist.

For her second album, "Moment of Truth", production tasks were taken over by new label-head and Nashville heavyweight Jimmy Bowen, who moved Bogguss's sound in a more polished direction. However, the album's two singles failed to rise beyond the lower reaches of the Billboard charts. A duet she recorded with Lee Greenwood, "Hopelessly Yours," went to #12 on the country singles chart and received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Country Vocal Collaboration.

In 1991 Bogguss released the platinum-selling "Aces". The LP yielded four hit singles - "Someday Soon," "Outbound Plane," "Aces," and "Letting Go," the latter three all reaching the country Top Ten. The following year, the Country Music Association recognized her achievements by giving her its Horizon Award, awarded annually to the artist who has demonstrated the most significant creative growth and development.

Her 1992 follow-up, "Voices in the Wind", earned Bogguss her second straight gold record. The album's first single, a cover of John Hiatt's "Drive South", just missed the #1 spot but gave Bogguss the highest-charting hit of her career to date. Her streak continued the following year with another gold record, "Something Up My Sleeve", giving her two additional Top Five hits in "Just Like the Weather" and "Hey Cinderella". The latter, which she cowrote with Matraca Berg and Gary Harrison, has gone on to become one of Bogguss's trademark songs.

After the successes of those two years, Bogguss changed direction, parting with Bowen, who had produced her four previous albums. Her 1994 release, "Simpatico", was a low-key album of duets with long-time friend and guitar legend Chet Atkins. Although the album was generally well reviewed, its lone single, "One More for the Road," did not chart. Many feel this was due to Capitol's being distracted by the feud between Bowen and the label's biggest star at the time, Garth Brooks.fact|date=April 2008 The disagreement ultimately ended with Bowen leaving the label and "Simpatico" falling through the cracks. The same year, Bogguss's "Greatest Hits" album was released and went gold.

Not long after "Simpatico" was recorded, Bogguss temporarily set her music aside to start a family. Bogguss and Crider's first child, Benton Charles Crider, was born on March 17, 1995. Sixteen months later, she was back with her sixth solo album (excluding her greatest hits compilation), entitled "Give Me Some Wheels". During her hiatus, the climate of country music had changed considerably, with more pop-oriented female singers such as Martina McBride, Faith Hill, and Shania Twain dominating the charts. Bogguss's traditional, straightforward style failed to connect with younger listeners, and the record yielded disappointing sales.

After her next album, 1998's "Nobody Love, Nobody Gets Hurt", also proved unsuccessful, Bogguss was dropped from the Liberty/Capitol label. With her typical grace and aplomb, she issued the following statement on February 18, 1999:

Indie Label recording career

In May, 1999, Bogguss found a new home with Nashville-based fledgling label Platinum Records, headed by chief George Collier, who had formerly worked at Capitol. Within three months, she had released her debut, a self-titled album, not to be confused with the independently produced LP from her days as a traveling folk troubadour. (Adding to the confusion is the fact that the album is sometimes referred to as "It's a Perfect Day".) Again, the album floundered, with only one single even making an appearance on the country charts.

In 2001, Bogguss decided to form her own record label, Loyal Dutchess. Its first release was the album "Live at Caffé Milano", culled from three separate 1999 performances at the now-closed Caffé Milano in Nashville, TN. This release is only available for purchase at Bogguss's official website. A few months later, she released the holiday album, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", a combination of new and previously available material included through a special licensing agreement with her old label, Capitol. In addition to being available at her website, the CD was also offered through, select retailers, and at her live performances.

In March, 2003, Bogguss and her own Loyal Dutchess Records label secured a deal with Compadre Records. Her first release on this label was the pure Western swing album, "Swing", that she had been recording with producer Ray Benson, the 6'7" frontman of Western swing group Asleep at the Wheel. Although the album saw only lukewarm sales (it reached #6 on the jazz album charts, but failed to appear on the Billboard 200), it was a critical success. She then released "Sweet Danger" in 2007, which failed to reach the country charts, but peaked at #4 on the jazz charts.



* Bufwack, Mary A. "Suzy Bogguss." In "The Encyclopedia of Country Music." (1998). Paul Kinsgbury, Ed. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 43.
* "Suzy Bogguss" in "Country Music: the encyclopedia." (1997). Irwin Stambler, Grelun Landon. New York: St. Martin's Press. p. 40-41.

External links

* [ Suzy Bogguss Official Site]

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