Biography

“black-eyed SUZIE pulled me out of my lawn chair!” Al Friesen

Made In Manitoba, Golden West Radio 

 

 

Cutting their teeth as a full family band out of northern Manitoba, mom-daughter duo, black-eyed SUZIE, delivers a bitter-sweet taste of dark folk rock prairie sound with inspirational songs of hardship and transformation that feed the soul. They are everything you love and miss from the 70’s country folk and 90’s alt rock scenes with haunting melodies and harmonies, and authentic lyrics that speak of finding some beautiful truth in the shadows. Don't be surprised to find yourself swaying in the breeze or carried off down a meandering river unexpectedly lost in thought and introspection, while tapping your toes under a canopy of bright rhythms and melodic voices reminiscent of birdsong you've long forgotten from childhood.  

Never far from her roots, lead singer-songwriter, Christine Marek, draws on a traumatic childhood growing up in a small conservative community with a Schizophrenic brother who tragically took his life the year she left home. Faced with the ongoing isolation of her family's situation, among other difficult life challenges, she is passionate about bringing awareness through her music to some of the most stigmatizing issues that still plague our society. When recalling her past she remembers the healing solitude of the Canadian prairie and developing a deep connection to the land. "Isolation becomes your best friend and at times your worst enemy and I would wholeheartedly agree that once in the blood, it is hard to take the country mouse out of the city mouse!" Since integrating fully into urban life, she talks of missing the deafeningly silent and clear night sky, the cry of wolves and elk on an evening walk, and the rich birdsong that is almost non-existent over the hum of constant traffic.  

black-eyed SUZIE released their first studio album, Back To You, in 2012 and is currently working on a collection of songs with band mate, Bobby Fraser of Winnipeg's Turn a Phrase. The first song from this collection, Lost In A Lie, focuses on bringing awareness and conversation to the community on the topic of relational abuse and the complex struggle victims face on the road to healing.  

Performance highlights include the National Elk’s Curling Bonspiel, Headlining the Manitoba Summer Games, Harvest Sun Music Festival's Moody Manitoba Workshop, Swords and Sabres Festival, Winnipeg Fringe Fest, two consecutive years at the Fire and Water Music Festival, Indie Week 2017, The MB Night Market and Winnipeg's first Mac and Cheese Festival! They are a mainstay at the Manitoba Summer Games and in December of 2018 had the very special opportunity to share their personal stories of survival through word and song at The WAG to support Breaking The Silence on Domestic Violence.  

The band enjoys regular airplay on CFGW 94.1 Fox FM, CJ104 Stillwater FM, and The Colorado Phil Show, and have been featured on Made in Manitoba Golden West Radio, CKUW 95.9 FM, UMFM's Winnipeg Music Project Podcast, EV’s underground CKCU-FM 93.1 in Ottawa, Random Tangents on www.95xonline.com Radio Texas, and the award-winning Women Of Substance Radio Podcast on Apple iTunes.