Suzanne Vega









Suzanne Vega

was born on July 11, 1959 in Santa Monica, California. She is an American singer and songwriter and is well known for her folk music. Suzanneís mother, Pat Vega, is a computer systems analyst and her father, Richard Peck, works in graphics. Her step-father, Ed Vega, is a writer from Puerto Rico. When Suzanne was 2 years old her family moved to New York and she grew up in Spanish Harlem and the Upper West Side. When she was nine years old, she began to write poems and she wrote her first song when she was 14. She studied modern dance in the High School of Performing Arts in Manhattan and graduated in 1977. While she was in Bernard College, she played in small clubs in Greenwich Village and she was a regular at the Monday night songwriters group at the Cornelia Street Cafť.

Suzanne was discovered in 1984 and signed on with a major record label. Her debut album was released in 1985 and the United States critics loved it. It also reached platinum status in the United Kingdom. Suzanne played the acoustic guitar and the album was produced by Lenny Kaye and Steve Addabbo. Marlene On the Wall was a song from the album and there was also a video made for it. She also wrote the lyrics for other musicians such as Phillip Glass. Her next album, Solitude Standing, resulted in 2 single hits which were Tomís Diner, and Luka. The album was an international success. Tomís Diner was later released again, in 1991, and again was a hit. It was a remix by two British dance producers under the name DNA. Suzanne released her third album , called Days of Open Hand, in 1991. Following it in 1992 came the album 99.9 F Degrees. There was a short pause and then in 1996 she released her fifth album, Nine Objects of Desire. Her song, Caramel, was featured in the movie, The truth About cats and Dogs and also for the trailer for the movie, Closer. Another of her songs, not on the album, called Woman On the Tier, was featured on the soundtrack of the movie, Dead man Walking.

In her album she released in 2001, three of the songs were about her divorce from record producer, Mitchell Froom. Suzanne was the first major recording artist who performed live on the internet based virtual world. The act was called, Second Life, and was hosted by John Hockenberry of public radioís, The Infinite Mind. She is a member of Amnesty International and has been for nearly ten years. Suzanne has released a total of nine albums, 32 singles, and 1 compilation.