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.