Susan Werner

Thursday May 11, 2017
$26 public | $22 members

"...a triply blessed artist who sings adroitly, plays the piano smartly and, best of all, writes songs of genuine distinction and high craft." - Chicago Tribune

Singer/songwriter Susan Werner began life as an Iowa farm girl before studying classical voice at the University of Iowa and heading to Philadelphia where she began a string of songwriting that lead No Depression to rave, “When it comes to crafting a song, Ms. Werner’s only peers are Jimmy Webb and Paul Simon.”

With each release, Susan has reinvented herself, effortlessly sliding between folk, jazz, country, blues and pop. From her 1995 major label debut, the folk/rock gem “Last of the Good Straight Girls,” to her 2004 Koch Records collection of Tin Pan Alley styled originals “I Can’t Be New,” to her 2007 “agnostic gospel” hymnal “The Gospel Truth,” to 2013’s tribute to agriculture and her Iowa farm roots “Hayseed,” Werner’s creative restlessness has become her defining characteristic.

Susan’s most recent project, “Bull Durham, The Musical,” is based on the beloved 1986 MGM film. The show is set for a Spring 2017 Broadway debut. Werner’s score has already received accolades from its 2014 Atlanta tryout: The New York Times praised her “flavorsome lyrics,” stating Werner is “a singer/songwriter making a confident musical theater debut,” while The Atlanta Journal-Constitution took it further: “Werner knocks it out of the park with a first-string score of gospel, rock and folk numbers.”