Looking forward to our next show with Susan Leigh Picking returning to the LMF stage on Saturday, September 10th, 206 at 7:30pm.
As part of a grant project with Last Minute Folk and ArtsConnect Topeka, Susan will be performing for the Topeka Children’s Discovery Center during her visit. Check with the Discovery Center for date and time of program.(http://www.kansastravel.org/topeka/kansasdiscoverycenter.htm).
Here’s a video of her work with kids in Grand Rapids, Michigan …
Susan Leigh Picking is a Midwestern gal with Pacific Western cool. She worked her west from her native Michigan on a circuitous path. She Earned a BA in Broadcast Journalism from The University of Wisconsin, and spent several years on the slopes of Colorado. Susan instructed skiing in the Rocky Mountains at Copper Mountain Ski Resort. Her love… of the slopes and passion for travel sent her to the Southern Hemisphere chasing winter on the South Island of New Zealand. She landed in Long Beach California using it as her home base in between trips as a flight attendant.
On arrival in Southern California she found the inspiration to explore her musical self. As a youth Susan began studying piano and cello. It wasn’t until her move out west that she discovered her voice. Her music studies brought her to the Commercial Music program at Long Beach City College earning certificates in Songwriting and Vocal Performance. This musical immersion confirmed Picking’s life passion of music.
In recent years Picking has made her name proud by learning to play, pick, and strum the ukulele. She has added this instrument to her musical repertoire with her own unique musical stylings. Most recently her musical studies have drawn her to Sound Healing and Sound Therapy. She frequently pairs with inspirational speakers providing background and inspirational music for meditation, hypnosis, holistic healing, yoga, and self empowerment recordings as well as workshops.
Susan has received praise for her moving melodies and stirring lyrics which reflect a deep soul. Susan’s songs are about life, but not as we usually think of life. She cajoles the listener to see the quirky underbelly. Her wistful wit comes through a voice rich with lovely cadences, one might even hear a hint of an Irish lilt. Susan Picking is influenced by 70’s folk rock…..with the likes of Carole King, James Taylor, Van Morrison, Billy Joel, and Joni Mitchell. Susan Picking on the piano, has been likened to Carole King, Natalie Merchant. Sarah McLaughlin, and Norah Jones. On the Uke you might draw likeness in style to Patti Griffin, Alison Krause, or Celtic singer Niamh Parsons. Her arrangements are Americana influenced …….based in folk, pop, jazz, blues, bluegrass, and maybe even a little Celtic.