Susan Galbraith is a talented singer and an inspiring songwriter. Her EP “Some Freedom” has performed really well. We got an opportunity to have a conversation with her. Sharing it with our readers here.
Twist Online : Please introduce yourself to our readers.
Susan Galbraith : I am a Seattle-based singer/songwriter. My music is a blend of pop/soul with some blues undertones. I’m a coffee addict and love wine and whiskey equally as much.
Twist Online : Who or what inspired you to get into music industry?
Susan Galbraith : Ever since I can remember, all I wanted to do was sing. I took every musical opportunity that came at me growing up and because of my eagerness starting out, made a lot of decisions that weren’t beneficial necessarily bettering my career. When you’re young and passionate, I think it’s easy for people to take advantage of you. But the love of music and connection with people it creates, always made me keep going. Now while I want to continue learning as much as I can, I have a much more specific focus and I can tell right away whether something is worth exploring or not.
Twist Online : You recently recorded a dance/EDM infused with a Top 40-ready sound in collaboration with rapper, Redhead. The output must be a great one?
Susan Galbraith : It was really fun. While my music is more on the acoustic pop/soul side, I love pop music and exploring most genres. This was an experiment for both us that we ended up very happy about.
Twist Online : Tell us about your EP ‘Some Freedom’?
Susan Galbraith : I finished this album last spring and it was extremely special to me for a couple reasons. 1) The people that worked on it – these songs have been waiting to be made for far too long and they kept getting lost in other people’s visions. It wasn’t until I brought on a good friend of mine, Sarah Gerritsen (a musician herself) who knew me, my music, and made my vision come to life. She gave me an outlet to make every ounce of the album, as well as the experience, exactly what I had envisioned. Everyone that played on it made it what it is and I’m so grateful to all of them. It’s an amazing feeling to have an idea in my head, and then have the final product turn out even better than I imagined. 2) It’s a very personal and honest album. Each of these songs came out of a very specific time in my life. When I would get nervous about putting my heart and thoughts out, Sarah would tell me, “you don’t need to make music with an agenda, it just needs to be honest.” And that’s what makes it satisfying. I really felt every song deeply and I hope that comes through in the record.
Twist Online : What kind of response has your EP received?
Susan Galbraith : It’s been very positive and I’m so grateful. Especially in the Seattle market, I feel like people have embraced it which feels amazing. The Seattle music community is extremely rare. Everyone is supportive, encouraging, and we have the collective thought that if one of us succeeds, we all do.
Twist Online : You also had a tour for the EP, it must be crowd pulling?
Susan Galbraith : I did a lot of shows locally to push the EP, but the most satisfying was hearing my songs on the radio in Europe. It was truly a dream come true.
Twist Online : Are you influenced by any particular music genre?
Susan Galbraith : 90’s R&B is my heart. I love smooth vocals with a head-bobbing beat.
Twist Online : Have you set some goals to achieve as a music artist?
Susan Galbraith : Playing some of my dream venues in my home town has been truly incredible. To have seen Adele, Gavin Degraw, and other artists I look up to play at a venue years ago, and then be on that same stage can be so surreal.
Twist Online : Are you working on any other new project?
Susan Galbraith : I definitely have some more experiments up my sleeve. I would love to a project that finds a middle ground between my EP and this new single. Something that uses real instruments and great musicians with feeling, but has electronic elements to move it a little more. I can’t wait to get in the studio again!