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Sue Turner

Sue Turner has been called an emerging star for more than a decade. So, why hasn’t she emerged? Because music was not her priority. She was too busy doing what she thought was expected of her. But a freak podiatrist-hurts-foot accident in 2018 left her recuperating on the couch, strumming her guitar and reflecting on the wisdom of the lyrics she wrote for the title track of her latest collection of original tunes, ‘Later is a Lie’.

“Later is a lie I'm not tellin’ anymore
I know who I am, what my life is for….”

And, this time, Sue Turner made the gutsy decision to be a musician, not a physician.

‘Later is a Lie’, Sue Turner’s second LP, was released in 2018. Produced by John Ellis (Barney Bentall, Be Good Tanyas, Jane Siberry) this seven-song collection blends folk and blues with a dollop of jazz. Ellis showcases Turner’s fresh and energetic melodies as she invites listeners on an adventurous musical journey. Lyrically, Turner is a natural and self-deprecating storyteller who weaves the humour and turmoil of everyday life into her wry tales.

When Turner broke her foot/ankle (in an ironic twist of fate) she was in the midst of performing to support ‘Later is a Lie.’ The injury was serious enough that no amount of physician-heal-thyself therapy could heal her foot sufficiently well to perform. She used her convalescence to re-evaluate her two-career life. After much introspection, Turner chose to focus on a career in music. She began 2019 by simultaneously closing her podiatry practice and preparing for her first cross-Canada tour, including auditioning musicians for her band, selecting repertoire and booking appearances at blues and folk festivals across the country.

Sue Turner’s ‘Later is a Lie’ 2019 tour rolls out on April 19 at Vancouver’s Pacific Central Station where she will embark as a featured Artist Onboard VIA Rail.

“All My Graces,” Sue Turner’s 2008 debut CD, found its genesis in the singer’s “I-can-do-that” attitude she discovered during a visit to The Yale, then Vancouver’s premiere blues club. Sensing that she, too, could harness the euphoric energy of performing, Turner responded to a newspaper ad for the Hornby Island Blues Workshop. She also received her first Blues piano lesson from well known Blues keyboardist Willie MacCalder (Powder Blues, Long John Baldry, Ferron) and then pursued a year of intensive Blues-piano study with Darryl Havers.

Turner studied podiatric medicine in San Francisco. Previously she earned a Kinesiology degree from the University of Waterloo, where she also swam competitively.

She was born and raised in Simcoe and Tillsonburg, Ontario. She began her musical life with piano lessons as a child and promptly quit when she was told it was time to learn theory. She grew up with a player piano in the house and listened on her record player to Chicago, The Carpenters, Boston, Van Morrison, The Eagles and the like.

When she moved to San Francisco in the 80's to study medicine, she was impacted by the power of music, art and activism. She stole away from her studies to see her favourite artists of the 80’s - Nanci Griffith, Guy Clark, Blue Rodeo, Jesse Winchester, and Daniel Lanois.

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