Suzanne Lorge is a Manhattan-based singer and writer.
Suzanne was singing folk, pop, and jazz in small clubs and hotels in the D.C/Baltimore/Annapolis area and doing backup on local recordings when Paul Reed Smith, founder of PRS Guitars, tapped her to be the lead singer for his new R&B rock band, Dangerous Rhythm. Always eager to visit unexplored singing terrain, she traded in her vintage dresses for black jeans and started gigging at local rock clubs and concert venues.
The first watershed moment in Suzanne’s career happened during an interview with Rolling Stone journalist J.D. Considine, who listened to one of Dangerous Rhythm’s first demos. “I don’t hear anything very dangerous here,” he said, puzzled.
Suzanne accepted full responsibility for the band’s lack of grit. “I’m not a very dangerous singer,” she admitted. “My voice is actually kind of...pretty.”
Though other journalists had praised the band’s hard-driving sound (“…like a bullet through jello,” wrote D.C. City Paper), Considine’s words caused Suzanne to rethink the direction of her musical career.
Her dilemma: What should the next step be for a lyric soprano who likes to wear black?
Suzanne moved to New York City and began to study acting and dance and to audition for musical theater roles. Within the space of a few years she had performed live or on recordings at Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. She toured regionally, played off-Broadway, and worked a slew of cabaret rooms. She sang on commercials and films, and on albums for the Atlantic/Atco, Varese-Sarabande, and Fynsworth Alley record labels. She studied playwriting at New York University and The Neighborhood Playhouse and acted in countless showcases. She appeared on television shows and in films and was Jill Hennessey’s stand-in on Law & Order a couple of times. And she visited more than 30 countries as a production singer on cruise ships.