Suzanne Savoie’s roots in music and song-writing began in a very small town south of Chicago, Illinois. Like everyone else, her first teacher was her mother. It was through her mother that her passion for music originated.
Suzanne’s mother Maxine was a member of a country music quartet called, “The Four Little Martins,” which included her sister Geraldine and her brothers Lawrence and Clayton. From the mid-1930’s until the late 1940’s, The Four Little Martins performed at a range of venues from county fairs and local gatherings to the Palmer House in Chicago. They even appeared on Chicago’s WLS radio station for the popular radio program “Barn Dance.” Songs the quartet performed included favorites of the era such as “Let the Rest of the World Go By,” “Peg of My Heart,” and “Apple Blossom Time.” These and other songs, sung often in Maxine’s home, inspired Suzanne’s love of music, especially the country music which her mother sang. From these roots, the seeds of Suzanne Savoie’s music slowly grew.
Suzanne grew up, met and married Vernon, had four children and, like her mother Maxine, could often be found singing in her home. Suzanne liked to sing the old favorites and she liked to write songs of her own. On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of Maxine’s death, Suzanne wrote a song in memory of her mother. Suzanne titled the song “She,” and recorded it in Nashville, Tennessee. Pleased with the recording of “She,” Suzanne went on to record twelve more songs and titled the album “BELIEVE.”
“BELIEVE” is a collection of thirteen songs that Suzanne wrote. If you are engaged to be married, her wedding song, “Today,” would be perfect for your wedding day. “Count On You” is a great anniversary song (Suzanne wrote it for Vernon on their anniversary). For the “She” in your family, you might be able to relate to the song titled “She.” If your children have grown up and are no longer living with you, her empty nest syndrome song, “Suddenly,” might strike a chord. The cheatin’ heart songs Maxine sang resonated in Suzanne’s memory, so she sprinkled in some of her own: “Somebody” and “I Believe.” “Have A Little Fun” and “Beautifyin’ America” add a humorous note to the album. The last song on the CD was written for Suzanne’s father, Edwin. He would often ask her, “Are you happy?” She knew that the required response was: Yes I am. Edwin would say, “Good, because if you’re not happy now you never will be.” That planted the seeds for the song “Are You Happy?”
Some of the songs have that old country sound Suzanne listened to as a girl. Others are middle of the road. She hopes you will find one that touches your heart. Suzanne has been told that there is a similarity between her voice and the voice of Karen Carpenter. She considers this to be a real compliment, since Karen Carpenter remains one of her favorite vocalists.
The album was titled “Believe” because Suzanne believes that if you have a dream it is important not to give up. There is a reason you have your dream and hopefully one day it will come true. The key is to be patient, persistent and flexible, and to “Believe” in your dream.