Silky smooth, honey-toned, expressive, her voice has captivated audiences and critics alike. Great American Songbook vocalist Sue Matthews first appeared in 1991, releasing the traditional jazz album Love Dances. Her smoky croon caught on with audiences and within a few years released When You’re Around, scoring another hit, achieving "top 20" berths on the Gavin and R & R Jazz Charts. Her love of interpreting the American Songbook is apparent in Matthews’ releases One At A Time and Live at The Mainstay, as she continues to garner national and international acclaim.
These offerings include jazz standards, blues, a little cabaret and traditional pop, "… a well chosen repertoire, allied as it is to the singer’s unerring ability to find exactly the right approach to each song, and then to deliver it meaningfully" (Jazz Journal International), "…her laid back effortless delivery and smoky voice is something to be savoured and enjoyed… a jazz vocalist deserving more attention on both sides of the Atlantic" (The South Wales Evening Post).
Stepping out of the Jazz genre, Matthews recorded an album of contemporary Irish ‘pop’ songs with the Irish Champion Harpist, Lynn Saoirse. They are accompanied by top Irish musicians on the release, L’annmoor. ….haunting, graceful, a listener’s pure delight.
Matthews’ performance credits include top Mid-Atlantic jazz clubs, concert halls, jazz festivals and television studios. She’s been a featured artist with:
- W.C. Handy Music Festival
- Calgary Philharmonic
- Mid-Atlantic Jazz Showcase in NYC
- Florida Symphony
- Annapolis Symphohony’s acclaimed show "Mozart to Motown"
- 3rd annual Saluzzo Musical Festival in Italy
- Artist in Residence at the Clifden ArtsWeek Festival, County Galway, Ireland
- Artist in Residence at Agusta Music Festival
- Argentina, Holland and Ireland with the Irish Harp Champion, Lynn Saoirse
- Carnival Cruise Lines
- Cabaret Convention at New York City’s Town Hal
- BET Network’s ‘Up and Coming Artists’
As producer of tributes to Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Gershwin, Richard Rogers, "The Girl Singers" of the Swing Era, Cole Porter and Judy Garland; toured Hungarian schools by invitation of the Fulbright Commission showcasing American jazz and blues with her group ‘Guys and Doll’; perrenial favorite at Eastern Shore Premier venues, The Mainstay and The Prince Theatre; two-time recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council individual Artist Award in Solo Vocal Performance.
She has shared the stage and/or recorded with such greats as Keter Betts, Stef Scaggiari, Robert Redd, Chuck Redd, Steve Abshire, Gene Bertoncini, Frank Vignola, Ken Peplowski, Andy Stein, John Allred, Warren Vache and Eddie Erickson. Whether performong with a Duo, Trio, Orchestra or Big Band, Sue Matthews captures the hearts of listeners world wide.
"…If you want to hear a fine jazz vocalist in a showcase setting for her talent, please listen to Sue Matthews sing on One At A Time, then purchase a second CD for a loved one. Sue Matthews gives a memorable performance on "Here’s To Life" that will linger in the listeners’ minds long after the song is finished. Topnotch collection." (JazzReview.com)