An Interview with Susan Giacona

July 12, 2018 1:46 PM | Chrissy Bernal (Administrator)

Country Artist Susan Giacona is living the dream.

She's breaking barriers and demonstrating that switching gears and fulfilling your lifelong dream of being in music can be achieved.

When I sat down to interview Susan, it felt more like having lunch with a friend. Having just come from a writing session, she was comfy chic and all smiles. Her excitement about her current and upcoming projects was infectious. It's clear that making the shift from working in Marketing & Advertising at a major corporation to following her musical dreams was the right move for this Texas songstress.

One of her recent projects was for the Battleship Texas Foundation. She had the honor of featuring the historic vessel in a music video for her original "Walkin’ Away From Heaven" which depicts a timeless love story where a serviceman, who is a husband and father, is leaving during wartime. Battleship Texas was commissioned in 1914 as the most powerful weapon in the world and is credited with the introduction and innovation of advances in gunnery, aviation, and radar. The ship is the last surviving Dreadnought as well as the only battleship in existence today that fought in both World War I and World War II.

Susan's patriotic song serves as a moving tribute to those who served their country and to the families they left behind. The music video is part of a campaign to raise awareness of and funding for the foundation as it provides financial support for the restoration and promotion of the Battleship Texas, in cooperation with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. It also operates and organizes educational tours, such as the Overnight Program, and increases public awareness of the USS Texas' history as well as her current and future preservation needs. Additionally, it is engaged in assisting in sustaining an active veterans affairs program.

Other recent projects and honors include licensing projects in the works for Netflix Original films produced by 430 Entertainment, and John Pocino Film Productions. Susan will have songs featured in the opening and closing credits for the John Pocino Film, “Destiny,” in which she will also have a small speaking role. She will also have a vocal performance scene in the film. “Destiny” is set to air on HBO as an HBO Original.

Susan's song "Loving Me Into the Light" is featured in an upcoming Lifetime Original Film that has yet to be named but tells the story of poet and author, Dr. Beverly Johnson. Another film set to feature Susan's talent is the 2018 film "The Silent Warrior." She collaborated with hit songwriter, Marty Dodson (“Songs Like This” by Carrie Underwood, “Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven” by Kenny Chesney) to write “Kindness Matters” for the documentary film that explores "Bullycide" and the aftermath of what can happen when bullies push their victims over the edge. Susan’s music will also be used in a kids TV show, The Grimps, as well as various other TV ads.

She received our Texas Country Music Association Single of the Year Award in 2017 for “Where Will I Be,” which was cut by The Darrin Morris Band. Additional accolades include being nominated by her fans for Songwriter of the Year, East Texas Music Awards. And she'll be awarded in Vegas in November at the 2018 Producer's Choice Honors for Female Solo Artist of the Year.

Her upcoming debut EP, entitled "Take Me Back," is scheduled to drop in 2018, and is being produced in Texas by Chad Mauldin Productions at the historic KSIJ Radio Station/Recording Studio. Planning for the video for this EP's featured single is already in the works including a custom-designed dress by famed designer Nick Navarro.

With a voice often described as one that combines the sound of the superstar LeAnn Rimes with the sound of Faith Hill, Susan’s soulful voice delivers each song she sings in a style all her own. You can see a recent recording of a live performance she did for In the Music Room Studio and Listening Room.

She recently signed with the Clif Doyal Agency out of Nashville who will be focusing on placement of her music in films, live performances, modeling, sponsorship opportunities, and supporting her ongoing work for military charities.

Susan resides in Texas with her husband, three boys, and two dogs. Her days are spent either creating new music, lending her voice to voice-over projects or volunteering at the various organizations for which she is deeply passionate. She donates her time serving on the Board of Directors of Wheelchairs for Warriors, a Texas-based non-profit dedicated to helping wounded veterans and first-responders obtain motorized wheelchairs enabling them to improve their quality of life. She is also a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children, and although she no longer researches cases and reports to the courts, she still volunteers for special fund-raising events.

Susan is an avid traveler and has spent time in Italy, France, and many other European countries. When she’s not traveling for vacation, Susan splits her time between Nashville and Houston.

For more information about Susan or to hear her music, head to her newly revamped website. And for booking, contact Clif Doyal at cdanashville@gmail.com.

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