Suzie Ungerleider returns with her new single “Baby Blue,” the first from her upcoming album. The song was inspired by a friend’s childhood. A child of divorce, she saw how it affected him years later and wrote the song to help release the hold those heavy moments have, whatever they may be.
“Baby Blue” is the first single after setting aside her stage name of Oh Susanna, due to its racist connotations with the original Stephan Foster song it was derived from. “Suddenly those racist lyrics felt absolutely current,” says Suzie. “Right here and right now, the lyrics conjure and make present violence against black people. This is the power of language. By saying something, you make it happen in the listener’s mind. It didn’t matter to me that not very many people know that the original lyrics to the song Oh Susanna are racist. I felt that if I were to continue to use the name Oh Susanna I would be passively accepting and perpetuating its racism.”
She is gearing up for the release of her next album “My Name is Suzie Ungerleider.” Able to finally share who she is and where she came from, Suzie poured her heart out into this album. While her roots lie with Mick Jagger and David Bowie, Suzie’s music evolved into an acoustic style during the pandemic, Suzie sharing, "I never want to make the same album twice."
You can pre-save the album and listen to “Baby Blue” on her website here.
Author: Nicole Marchesi