It's been a while since I've written. Sorry! On a good note, it was because I was studying for the PMP certification exam, which I PASSED! Yay! Now I am back to myself and ready to ROLL!
It is my honor and pleasure to share this interview with the wonderful and supportive Sue Matsuki! For those of you who don't know Sue, here is a little bio to get your started:
Sue Matsuki is a 10 time MAC Award Nominee in 6 categories and a 3 time winner for Female Jazz Singer, Jazz Duet/Group with Gregory Toroian and Special Material Tune “One Stop Shopping” with Toroian and The Pages. She is also the very first Julie Wilson Award Winner.
I met Sue for the first time years ago through one of my dearest friends Carly Ozard and later on I've come to know her more through the late Dana Lorge. Nurturing, sweet, supportive are just a few words to describe Sue as a person. As a performer, she is focused and talented. You will have to come and see for yourself! It is my honor and pleasure to have her as a celebrity guest for April!
For the interview, I asked her the following questions
1) Can you share with us a couple of interesting facts that most people don’t know about you?
I’m the most seemingly secure, insecure person you’ll ever meet! It’s all an act! LOL! I have 7 brothers and no sisters and I come from a 3 generation biker family!
2) You are a wonderful entertainer, reviewer, supporter of cabaret and music and so much more. How did it all started? How did you discover your passion for it all and realized that it was what you wanted to do?
Thank you. I danced for years, got injured, gained weight but still had that performance bug. I always sang in church but was shy to sing but one day I auditioned for an Open Mic spot (back in the day we had to audition) at the legendary Village Gate and became a regular there which is where I met Trudi Mann over 30 years ago. She showed me the ropes and how to sing by example and became my first singing mom! (She is my Jazz mom and the first to start these Open Mic shows!) Julie Wilson was my Cabaret mom and Cynthia Crane is my Saloon/Blues mom! I love them all dearly!
3) Do you have a couple of particularly interesting stories that you'd like to share with the readers?
Not really! Just got back from 44 days in Japan and Taiwan though!
4) What motivates your creativity and passion for life? Name three things that never fails to put a smile on your face!
In life it’s to do good and be the best wife, daughter, sister, aunt and friend I can be. In singing it’s to focus on raising my personal bar higher each time I get on stage and not to compare myself with anyone else. Three things that make me smile? My gorgeous husband of 34 years, my niece and nephews and any dog or cat!
5) Share with us what you have in the pipeline for us to be on the lookout for!
I’m toying with doing a show celebrating my 60th Birthday in November and 30 years in the business this year but I am on the fence about it. I’m also in a place where I feel like I’m done with it all...Stay tuned!
I got to say that when she mentioned "60", I was shocked! Sue is vibrant and beautiful and youthful! I guess that is what people mean when they say that "you are as old as what is in your heart"!
THANK YOU SUE MATSUKI FOR THE HONOR OF BEING PART OF SPOTLIGHT ON YOU OPEN MIC!
STAY TUNED FOR MY INTERVIEW WITH OUR AMAZINGLY TALENTED FEATURED MUSICAL DIRECTOR YASUHIKO (YAZ) FUKUOKA, COMING NEXT!!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS, THE NEXT SPOTLIGHT ON YOU OPEN MIC IS, FRIDAY, APRIL 20TH!!