L: Could you please introduce yourself to the European readers that
do not yet know you.
A: My name is Suzanne Edwards Alford I was born and raised
in British Columbia, Canada. I'm a naturalized American citizen
I travel back and forth and all over the United States. Looking
forward to coming to Europe. I was overseas last year definitely
looking forward to going to Germany, looking forward to meeting
L: Do you think there is a difference between Canadian and US country
music? We are seeing Shania Twain, Terry Clark, all these Canadian
ladies coming onto the music charts, so do you think you have good
A: I think we have great roots I think what we have is an
eclectic blend of roots because country music in Canada is based
on folk music and Celtic music, based on Cape Britton Island music.
We all grew up with that type of music the instrumentation was
a little bit different but and I think that because it's such
a melting pot of European, English, Irish, Scottish, Hungarian,
German and Swiss. I think we naturally have this blend that is
influenced by American roots country music. But it's also influenced
by the world flavors of music as well. I think we have a little
bit of a blend up their that's got a different kind of a feel
then cross that with American country music and you get a new
flavor it's not different it's got a little bit of it's own flavor
I believe it is interesting.
L: Your current CD is titled The Arms of a Good Woman is there a story
to that title?
A: Yes there is, it's talking about a woman and a man and
she's watching him and realizing that there's a place that he
goes when he's having a moment, a happy moment or a sad moment
but sometimes where is that place?" The Arms of a Good Woman"
is where he needs to go. You always will be safe in the arms of
a good woman. I always like to say in the arms of a good woman
you'll find comfort to give a hug to give love and they are strong
L: What is your personal favorite song on the album and why?
A: Wow, that's a good question, well there's a song on there
that I did not write but I love this song and it's called "A
Small Star"it's based on a hymn like a prayer even a small
star lights the distance and that's what your courage means to
me. When I recorded the song I recorded it last on the album and
because of that it felt like this was the story. It was everything
leading up to this place it was courageous even to record the
album, even to do what I do but in every person there's that part
of someone and it has to be courageous. We meet someone everyday
who's more courageous than I could ever hope to be, so when I
sing that song it means kind of the culmination of everything
I've ever been through in my writing and so that's a special song
to me because of where it came from.
L: Who pushed you in the music business and who is your biggest fan?
A: My Mom, she's right here in the picture, that's my Mom.
My Mom sang and played the guitar since she was young, she's Greek
she went from Australia to New Zealand met my Dad on a ship and
they went to England, then they traveled all over Europe, my Mom
is my biggest fan she's the one that keeps me going.
L: Do you have any message for your European fans and how can they
keep in touch with you?
A: Yes, I am really looking forward to making relationships,
and friendships that will still be alive when I am seventy-
five or eighty years old. The way they can get in touch with
me and meet me is on my website www.suzanne'scountry.com
it's the destination, it's the place to go. It's a place to
visit, it's very interactive there's a lot of things you can
find there photo's, bio's links to my town in Canada were I
come from, there are contests going on, cooking contests, cookbook
are about to have the website translated into seven different
languages, quite shortly you'll be able to click on the flag
German, French, Italian, Korean, Spanish you'll be able to just
click on your flag and it will take you to your translated language
so I am really excited about that because I see myself as an
International artist I don't just see myself just in the box
in order to be able to reach more people and to communicate
with people this is a really exciting thing for me. My personal
joy is to study languages I speak and read French, Greek, English
a little Spanish a little Japanese a tiny little German I sing
in German, I sing in Italian. I'm about to do something really
interesting with my project which is to have some of the songs
translated into different language so that when I am over seas
I am able to sing the song in the language of where I am, even
one or two like that. I like to be able to communicate with
a lot of different people.