The year 2007 marked a time of life change for Suzi Oravec. Fresh out of high school, she was making the arrangements for her long awaited move from her hometown of Willoughby, Ohio, to Nashville, Tennessee. “We were supposed to move to Nashville together,” she says of her mother, Margie, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in March of 2007. Instead, she was making plans to strike out on her journey as a singer/songwriter alone, leaving behind her dad and her siblings.
Suzi’s heartache over the loss of her mother manifested itself in a bittersweet song filled with hope and her trademark Suzi-optimism, a memorial that was the catalyst for her budding music career. “The song I wrote for my mom, ‘Last Minute Miracle’ was the song that enabled me to have my video aired on GAC, and have over 1 million plays on myspace thus far,” says Suzi. “It proves that she is still here with me wanting me to succeed. She has never left my side. Because of that song, I am tied on the Myspace Music Charts with acts such as Taylor Swift.”
Upon her Nashville arrival in early 2008, she began moving in circles with songwriting greats. Her own songs quickly began gaining recognition, casting her as one of the most talented up-and-coming young songwriters. “I don't write anything I don't mean. Writing is my therapy,” Suzi says of her wholesome, age-defying lyrics.
Her performing career took flight, as well, opening opportunities for her to play at such venues as Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, The Bluebird Café’, Douglas Corner, The Hall of Fame, Cadillac Ranch, The Commodore and an opening stint for Nashville Star winner, Chris Young, at a Hurricane Relief Benefit. She is also proud of the recent release of her first single, ‘Enjoy The Fall’ on I-tunes.
Now nineteen, Suzi’s love for country music began when she was a very little girl, “I started playing guitar and singing when I was nine years old,” Suzi recalls. “I went to Dollywood and fell in love with Dolly Parton performing with her band on stage. I knew that's what I wanted to do ever since.”
Born with a strong drive to succeed, Suzi says she was, “Always striving for more. I made Straight A's my entire school career. I never sat my guitar down. I always wanted to sing, and write better than the person next to me. Growing up in a small suburb out of Cleveland, Ohio, I really learned to appreciate the core values of life - God, Family, and being happy with who you are. ”
Her voice, reminiscent of Evanescence’s Amy Lee, coupled with her ardently penned lyrics, provides a truly unique brand of country, “I have a different sound, and don't ‘follow’ your normal traditionally country sound.” Suzi proclaims, “I like to be my own person, and never intend to be like anyone else.”
Armed with classic features and an ever-jovial personality, Suzi is determined to share her gift with the world. Her mission, “to be able to continually relate to my fans and help them through situations we both are going through."