Susan Cattaneo

Susan Cattaneo

It's an early afternoon. Susan Cattaneo is at a restaurant just outside of Boston, sipping water – straight up – musing about her life in country music. "There aren't many Susans in country music," she says, with a laugh. "And there's definitely no Cattaneos." Her hometown stomping ground was not the Deep South, Nashville, Texas or Bakersfield. It was suburban New Jersey. She grew up singing around the family dinner table with her parents and three siblings. "We were like the von Trapps of New Jersey," she says. "But I never thought I could do music as a real job."

Well, that she has done and is doing. Cattaneo has been a songwriting and voice professor at Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music for 13 years. She's written songs covered by numerous artists in Nashville, and her tunes helped launch the careers of Jillian Cardanelli and Erica Nicole. Cattaneo, the singer-songwriter, has released three albums of mostly upbeat, catchy pop-country music, "Brave and Wild," in 2009, "Heaven to Heartache" in 2011 and "Little Blue Sky" in 2012. You'll hear a blend of country, rock and soul with sparkles of blues and folk – music that would slide into the comfort zone for fans of Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Mary Chapin Carpenter or Sheryl Crow.


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