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Suzanne O. Davis will perform at the Stoneham theatre January 13th – 15th
Tapestry, The Carole King Songbook, is the premiere musical tribute to Grammy-winning artist Carole King, one of America’s most prolific, honored, and revered singer-songwriters. Suzanne O. Davis faithfully recreates the glorious sound of a Carole King concert, performing legendary songs such as “You’ve Got a Friend,” “Natural Woman,” “It’s Too Late,” “So Far Away,” “I Feel the Earth Move,” and “Beautiful” – the title song of the mega-hit Broadway musical about the life and times of Carole King.
SD: When did you know you wanted to be a performer?
SD: At a very early age, when I was about 5 years old or so, my mom enrolled me into a children’s program at the Cleveland Institute of Music. I loved it! I loved performing for my family and was always putting on shows.
SD: Where did your love for Carole King as a musician come from?
SD: I think that it has always been there even if I didn’t know it. Her sound and music is a major part of pop music history. When I started digging into her music and looking at her catalogue, I knew I had to perform them.
SD: What are the main attributes to being a Carole King tribute artist?
SD: It is a great fit for me being a piano player and singer. I have performed other tribute shows, but this one is a great fit for me. What drew me to her was her many endearing qualities, sound, and her natural stage presence. I always involve the audience. They are a big part of what makes the show so great.
SD: What is your favorite Carole King song to perform?
SD: That’s a tough question! There are so many that I love singing. “Pleasant Valley Sunday” is so much fun to perform. “It’s Too Late” is another great one. I love how the set gets me in the groove and sets it up. Her music is like a comfy sweater, just perfect for everyone.
SD: How do you combine your style while staying true to the style of Carole King?
SD: It is pretty tough to emulate her vocals, so I just make sure that I catch her phrases and piano parts. The audience really wants to feel those piano chords of her songs. I can only sing in my own voice, but I try to catch her sound as much as possible.