Born in 1946, in Berkeley, CA. Education: Bachelor's degree in Italian literature from the University of California, Berkeley. Addresses: Record companyConcord Records, Inc., P.O. Box 845, Concord, CA 94522; Bookingsc/o Anne Jeffreys or Andrew Lipman, Susannah McCorkle Music, 41 W. 86th Street, #16C, New York, NY 10024, Phone: (925) 682-6770; (212) 877-5918 Fax: (925) 682-3508 E-mail: Email[email protected]
Though not a household name in America, jazz-pop vocalist Susannah McCorkle has released 17 albums during her 20-year career which have earned international critical acclaim. McCorkle's repertoire of over 3,000 songs has helped keep the music of such songwriters/composers as George Gershwin, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Johnny Mercer alive in cabarets and on concert stages around the world. For a person whose original intention was to be a simultaneous language interpreter for the Common Market in Brussels, utilizing her skills in German, Spanish, French, and Italian, McCorkle instead decided to begin a singing career and move to London. McCorkle discovered jazz for the first time after moving to Europe in 1970. The American singer, Billie Holiday, made a particularly strong impact on McCorkle. When she heard the recordings of the blues and jazz giant, McCorkle was inspired enough to follow her own dream of singing. McCorkle grew up on top 40 hits and Broadway show tunes, but it would be the American jazz standards that would eventually take her to the top of the charts.
Susannah McCorkle was born in Berkeley, California, in 1946. She received a Bachelor's degree in Italian literature and studied language in Mexico, France, Italy, and Germany. When she decided to head to London to try a career in music, McCorkle was also well on her way to becoming a prolific writer. Her fiction has been published in Mademoiselle, Cosmopolitan, and the O. Henry Book of Prize Short Stories. Her non-fiction includes articles published in the New York Times Magazine, and American Heritage. Some of those articles include 10,000 word pieces on such people as singer and actress Ethel Waters, legendary American blues singer Bessie Smith, and composer Irving Berlin. McCorkle also wrote English translation versions of countless Brazilian, French, and Italian songs, including those of Brazilian musician Antonio Carlos Jobim. In addition, McCorkle writes all of her own shows, including her own anecdotes about the songwriters and songs she performed.
In a review of her cabaret show in New York in June of 1998, Stephen Holden of the New York Times made the observation that her, "sweet, smoky voice and insinuating delivery suggest Billie Holiday filtered through Julie London by way of Lee Wiley, finds a common strain of erotic longing in both songwriters." Her interpretation of such composers as Gershwin and Jobim, Holden noted, "belonged to different nationalities and generations," were celebrated with "her crisply informative biographical asides," he said, calling attention to her studied performance, both in song and as a writer.