Susan Savia: From touring the world to happy little singers

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Famous quote: “Your life is an occasion ~ rise to it!” ~ Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium

With her exceptional talents, voice and eclectic music, Susan Savia’s interesting journey continues, one that a lot of people will want to follow.

At age 51, Savia took a leap of faith into music.  She says “It’s never too late to realize your dream. I’m really glad I did, because I discovered, I’m really good at this!”

Susan Savia

An eclectic singer and guitarist, Susan’s vocal range is almost 4 octaves! She can sing any genre: folk, jazz, standards, classic country, blues, rock, pop. Her unique specialty is Victorian music. Mostly self-taught, she plays guitar, but also plays harmonica, ukulele and piano. She is a fine whistler, too!

Susan grew up in Virginia, in a family of firefighters. Her mother played piano. By age 5, Susan played by ear.  At 7, she took a year of lessons that provided direction on music overall.

Like most great musicians, she started in the church.  By 13, her boyfriend taught her three chords on guitar.  “Dad brought home my first guitar after firefighters extinguished a fire at a music store.” As a teen in the 60’s, listening to the radio, she learned folk music.  She sang and played at folk mass, and occasionally performed at weddings.

After graduating from high school, she worked in a variety of professions, and played music as a hobby.

Fast forward to 1984, Savia moved to MD, and in order to meet people she joined the Baltimore music scene. Performing part-time in Fells Point, she united with another musician to form The Backseat Drivers. “It was a great opportunity to learn and hone my skills.”

In 1988, she moved to Pennsylvania, and in 1993, began a career at York College. The duo had broken up, and she reluctantly performed solo on occasion.

By 1999, she bought her first house, started a relationship with the man she would marry, studied Buddhism, took up birding and gardening.  Susan gave up music altogether, never expecting to return.

An inspiring vacation to Hawai’i in 2004 led to soul-searching. She quit her job.  She ran for State House of Representatives as a Green against a long-time incumbent Republican, and brought different perspectives on issues.

In 2005, still searching, a psychic persuaded Savia to return to music. With a renewed perspective, at the age of 51, she began performing full-time. In 2007 she released her CD, “Cosmic Summer Sojourn”.

She and her husband relocated to Wilmington in 2010.  “Wilmington has a vibrant live music scene. I’m grateful to be a part of it!” She has a busy schedule of performing, hosts Stone Soup Concerts, and launched her own early childhood music program, Happy Little Singers. “I love engaging with the kids!”

This awesome lady’s talent also includes certified Raw Foods Chef and Yoga teacher. “But music is her main focus. “

Susan Savia is definitely one to watch!

Deborah A. Culp ( Contributing Writer)

About Deborah A. Culp ( Contributing Writer)

Deborah A. Culp is a Freelance Journalist & Consultant with over 20 years of hard earned experience in the business. This includes Print & Broadcast Media. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, she now lives in Wilmington, NC. She is a Correspondent to Divine Caroline, TPEPost News, The History of Jazz Music, and For ColoredGurls and formerly with the Wilmington Star News Online. Deborah recently became the Parent & Family Expert for the, Wilmington/Fayetteville, and NC. Still operating as a Freelance Writer/Photographer. She is working on her first book; “Then there was laughter” and has a few business endeavor irons in the fire. She is a staunch volunteer and loves her family & friends.