“an extraordinary CD”
Andy Frank, Senior Producer and Host, CIUT FM
“Wonderful! I truly love everything about the production. It is a very impressive album”
“The beauty, strength and vibrancy of your new CD ‘I’m So’ is very inspiring and charges my creative spirits. I can’t wait until your next release.”
Allen Kaeja, Choreographer & Film Director
“lovely and eloquent”
Richard Knechtel, Artistic Director, Owen Sound Summerfolk
“Every once in a while, I come across something well outside my usual listening range that’s just irresistible, and that’s what Sue Smith’s “I’m So” is. With eleven original cuts and Canadian to boot, this is an impressive debut. I’m an instant fan.”
Larry Aldrich Proprietor, In Fine Feather
Written and produced by Sue Smith.
I’M SO, a collection of 11 new songs, is Sue’s first musical offering after an extensive period focussing on teaching, dance studies and her fascination with whales. Taking inspiration from northern landscape, singing lessons, dance, introspection and a renewed curiosity in the pop song format, Sue began an intensive writing period, working at her Bell piano, playing, singing, listening, seeking. Initially intended as a demo, I’M SO took on a life of its own, demanding musical attentions beyond the piano and voice.
Two years in the making, the CD collected the fine musicianship of Davide DiRenzo, drums and percussion; Jeff Bird, mandolin, percussion, electric bass; Russ Boswell, electric and upright bass; Rusty McCarthy, electric and acoustic guitars, Scott Merritt, keyboards; Torben Markussen-Brown, acoustic guitar; Richard Bell, organ; Leo Valvassori, bass and cello, Nick Craine, vocals; and Frank Evans, banjo. I’M SO was mixed by Jeff Wolpert, Desert Fish, Toronto, and mastered by Joao Carvalho, Joao Carvalho Mastering, Toronto.
The result is a fine sounding collection of fresh roots/pop tunes and delicate ballads – sometimes winsome and forlorn, always heartfelt. Songs explore the passion of landscape and the thrill of dance intermingled with the the journey of relationship; the desire that insists on hellos and the circumstances that necessitate good-byes, and always love; the force of life in all its glories, desperations and hopes.
“The very best thing about making this record is that it has brought me so much joy and happiness. What a glorious surprise. ” —Sue Smith