Change, loss and heartbreak are no stranger for Suzanne Monroe. At a very young age she dealt with constant instability. It began with her family moving repeatedly, having to change schools, losing best friends and having to make new ones. She mourned the death of her grandmother, and the loss of her parents' union as they divorced. The most detrimental moment for her was when she was 18 years old. Her father, Dennis died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 56 in 2006. Left as a lone wolf she began searching even deeper for the meaning of life and found solace in spirituality. During her time as a lone wolf, she learned about the grace that solitude can give. At the same time, her sadness was so loud that her muse was silenced. When she moved to Austin in June of 2012 she created her own wolf pack including her band, and close knit community. In 2014 she was Inspired by the Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron and her friends to reconnect with her imagination. She released creative blocks and began to write again. Seeing her face in the mirror, she started to understand her true self. This caused a spiral of rapid spiritual development, a search for authenticity and self-reliance. Her new album, Face to the Mirror combines her personal life experiences, childhood folk stories and whimsical Celtic lore.
It brings you into tales of adventure, love, and loss. Suzanne encourages you to put your own face to the mirror and reflect upon your hero's journey.
released June 30, 2015
Music and Lyrics written by Suzanne Monroe, Arranged by Suzanne Monroe, Laura Dykes, Jeremy Lupa, and Jet Jaguar, Recorded and engineered by Jet Jaguar, Produced by Jet Jaguar, Suzanne Monroe, Jeremy Lupa and Laura Dykes, Guitar and vocals by Suzanne Monroe, Percussion by Jeremy Lupa, Double bass by Laura Dykes
Photography by Maja Buck, Photography assistant Trevor Temple, costume design by Jessie Wells and Suzanne Monroe, Artwork by Emmalouise Franchi and Suzanne Monroe, Graphic design by Allison McCleary
Recorded at The Recording Conservatory of Austin (Austin, TX)
A special thanks:
Thanks to all of my friends, musical guides, family members and soul journeyers on my musical adventure, helping me see music from a different perspective and understand how magical it truly is. Thank you for all of your support, love and belief in me:
Jeremy Lupa, Laura Dykes, Jet Jaguar, Maja Buck, Allison McCleary, Michael Monroe, Mary Ellen Durante, Nicholas Monroe, Mary Monroe, Christina Comely, Amberly Russell, Heather and Joe Howes, Cris Manuel, Alex Salinas, Jessie Wells, Devon Dame, Steve Carlos Kirk, Dustin Wilson, Emmalouise Franchi, Mary Elizabeth Franchi, Victoria Franchi, Dannie Snyder, Phil Korf, Melissa Guilfoyle, Brian Trial, Alex Martinez, Jason Boling, George Yanez, Jon and Sarah Linsenman, Mallory Arnold, Amanda Arnold, Marianne Mallow, Andy Gonzalez, Yelena Konetchy, Doria Villalba, Jordan Lehn, Mariah Hall, Crystal Bissada, Richard Brandenburgh, Katy Shannon, Jennifer Odgers, Emily Freitag, Leah Barabasz, Susie Wells, Joe Dady, Henry White, Dennis Kelley, Laura Shelton, George Canizales, Marc Chirico, Sherri Gati, Meghan Duncan, Daniel Liepold, Michael Durante, Tommy Adair, Zach Davis, Josh Comeaux, Cheryl and Al Dykes, Farah and David Escaloni, Darlene and Larry Escaloni, James Escaloni, Kevin Escaloni, Robin Rosson, Victoria Von
there’s something to say about getting away from it all
the way you hold your hands they must have been through it all
do you see who you used to be and who you might be presently
can’t you see who you’re meant to be or are you trying to figure it out?
chorus: your soul is kind when it left your mind when the mind wells with fear everything seems unclear
there’s something to say about the way you hide from it all
the way you bury your mind
from the countless thoughts that made you fall
when you wrote that letter to the one you thought you loved
only to find she’d changed her mind
when you thought she was from above
broke your heart, lost your mind
never again, never again, never again, never again
will you make that mistake