There are only three more shows left in The Soundcheck Series, one of which is happening on July 14th, 2015 and will feature Suzanne Sheer. This “old-soul” sings and speaks right past your mind, directly to your soul. Her voice is a melodic twisting and turning of deep emotions and sharp stings that confirm one has been slapped with a dose of Sheer reality.
Ladies and Gents, say hello to Suzanne Sheer and her mentors, Charlie Bartlett and Tony Kauffman.
Co-founders Tony Kauffman and Charlie Bartlett offer a creative and generative mix of talents and experience at KBM Productions. Kauffman serves as operations manager for Philadelphia International Records, home of legendary soul producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, as well as the director of events for Gamble Global Entertainment. He has produced music for a variety of artists and has had music featured on numerous TV shows, such as Millionaire Matchmaker, Rock of Love, and Celebrity Fit Club. Bartlett presents a depth of modern classical, jazz and pop composition and production work, as well as experience in multimedia arts expression having created "Philly Fusion Galleries" and providing promotional services for a number of Philadelphiabased arts, community and cultural institutions including The Philly POPS and The Rock School for Dance.
1) How did you first meet Suzanne Sheer and what was your first impression?
We first met Suzanne through our good friend Todd Pritchard, who saw Suzanne perform at an open mic at Time. He knew that we were starting KBM Productions and thought we would be a good fit for her.
2) What makes Suzanne Sheer different in today’s music market?
Suzanne has the rare ability to engage any audience with the first note that she sings. Couple that with her powerfully honest songwriting and beautiful melodies and you end up with an incredibly unique artist that really stands out on her own. There may be traces of influence from other artists here and there in her sound , but Suzanne is truly a once in a lifetime talent.
3) What is your most memorable Suzanne Sheer moment?
First time we saw her do her cover of Pony by Genuwine at Underground Arts. It was supposed to be a solo set, and she started out solo, then soon a bass player joined, then a guitar, soon she had a whole band playing with her!
4) In a perfect world, where should Suzanne Sheer be in 5 years?
In 5 years we plan to have secured a major label distribution deal for Suzanne. Hopefully she’ll be on her 2nd or 3rd album by the time and will be one of the many voices rising to the national level from the resurging Philly music scene, and well on her way to creating a long lasting legacy for herself.
A true 'old-soul' singer/songwriter in every sense of the word, Suzanne, who may be young, has musicality beyond her years. She seamlessly offers a neo-soul tone, jazz, and fantastic imagery in every aspect of her work. New to Philadelphia, she captivates her audiences and has caught the attention of such venues as Time Restaurant & Bar and The Underground Arts.
1) What makes a great artist mentor?
I think what makes a mentor great is the ability to understand the artist’s vision, and figuring out a way of fine-tuning it without tarnishing or taking away anything from the original vision. I have been lucky enough to meet two amazing guys who truly understand what I’m saying in my music and what I’m going for, and who really know how to push me to make it the best it can be.
2) What is the best advice your mentor(s) has given you?
It’s interesting to answer these questions because not only have these guys served as mentors musically but they have also become very good friends of mine. I think the best advice they have given me is to let go of any fears and nerves that I have, and realize that it’s OK to put yourself out there, it’s OK to want to be heard, and it’s OK to be a fan of your own work.
3) What is the greatest success your mentor(s) has helped you achieve?
I don’t even know where to begin with the greatest success my mentors have helped me achieve. I cannot explain how grateful I am to them for all the performance opportunities they have given me. I am able to say I have performed on the main stage at World Café Live because of them, which is really amazing to me. Also, I recently was asked to perform at a Recording Academy brunch. That put me in front of some seriously amazing producers who have been both nominated for and received Grammys. I’m now working with one of those producers on my current album and I absolutely would not be if it wasn’t for my mentors.
4) In what area(s) has your mentor helped you grow the most?
I think since I’ve started working with my mentors my music has really blossomed into something I never thought it would. I’m working with new sounds and experimenting so much. Working with them has taught me so much about myself and self-worth, and what it means to truly be an artist creating music in the studio with other artists.
5) What advice would you give to an artist seeking career guidance?
My advice to any artist seeking guidance in their career is to trust your gut. You will know when you meet people that you want to create with. You will know when you meet people who are in it for the right things and who aren’t. Follow your heart. Listen to your sound. Don’t be afraid to say “no, this is not what I want.” And never let stress cloud your thoughts and make you forget that your passion is yours and yours alone, and nothing is more powerful than having something you love that you can call your own.
About The Soundcheck Series: This event is an unforgettable concert experience and one-of-a-kind industry event presented by Pier Entertainment. The series highlights eight dynamic artists over eight weeks, and showcases a multi-genre collection of young, buzzworthy acts. Each exciting installment features prominent music professionals, ranging from label execs to songwriters and media personalities, all of whom have etched their marks on Philadelphia’s brilliant music legacy. Hosted at one of Philadelphia’s newest concert venues—Pub Webb Live—the intimate music event provides a unique opportunity for media, fans and insiders to discover the area’s best talent in an electrifying atmosphere charged by great energy, professional production and state-of-the-art sound.