Having built a reputation as a Juno award nominated artist known as Oh Susanna, it’s a big decision to rebrand after nine albums. It seems fitting to enlist the tenth record to help spread the message through the album title, My Name is Suzie Ungerleider.
Ungeleider explained: “here I am, leaving behind the trappings of a persona that gave me the courage to climb up onstage and reveal what is in my heart. It once protected me, but I need to take it off so I can be all of who I am.” The “exciting, dark, funny, charming” character that she thought was Oh Susanna was Suzie Ungerleider all along.
The realization of, and need for, personal growth coincided with learning that the 1848 song Oh Susanna contained racist lyrics and imagery that she did not want to be associated with.
My name is Suzie Ungeleider touches on trauma, survival and identity. It’s due out on MVKA on August 13, 2021.