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Sue Foley Biography

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Born: 1968/03/29
Birth Place: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Genres: Blues

Sue Foley was born March 29, 1968 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and is a Canadian blues singer and guitarist. Foley's love of music as a child came from listening to rock and roll and blues bands with rock elements to their music. Band's like The Rolling Stones were Foley's idols. As a result Foley picked up the guitar at fifteen years of age and by the age of sixteen Foley was singing with the local band, Back Alley John Revue. As a determined young artist, Foley sent a demo tape to Clifford Antone's record label in 1990. Impressed, Antone Records auditioned the young guitarist and signed her immediately. Foley had to relocate to Austin, Texas to record her debut album, “Young Girl Blues,” which was released in 1992.

Since then Foley has never looked back, recording ten albums, for both Antone's Records and Shanachie Records. Foley has spent over fourteen years on the road as a bandleader, lead vocalist, guitarist and manager of her own band. In addition to her own touring, she has also shared the stage with blues musicians, such as Back Alley John, B. B. King, Buddy Guy and John Lee Hooker. In 2000 Foley won a Juno Award for 'Best Blues Album' for “Love Comin' Down.” Her body of work over the past two decades has earned Foley respect amongst her peers and a loyal fan base.

Her 2007 album, “Time Bomb” featured two other female blues players, Deborah Coleman and Roxanne Potvin who were label-mates at the time. The album was moderately successful and showed Foley's love of collaborative efforts. Working with other artists that inspire Foley has always been something she enjoys. Foley's current project, “He Said She Said" is a collaboration with critically acclaimed U.S. singer/songwriter, and Blind Pig artist, Peter Karp. The recording consists of original songs by duo that were adapted from letters and e-mails between the two over a 2-year period. Karp stats that what began as "a casual exchange became a revealing account of the personal struggles and dramatic changes that were happening in our lives. Our shared thoughts became intimate. Then we turned those letters into songs and made a great CD together."

The duo's live performance of their current album, “He Said She Said,” released in 2010 on Blind Pig Records, encompasses folk, jazz, flamenco & blues, all of which come together in a moving, literate, romantic, and exciting musical experience. Engaging their audiences is something the duo knows how to do well, moving between nylon acoustic guitar, dobro, grand piano and electric guitars. These two songwriters bring a wealth of performance history to this collaboration. “He Said She Said” hit #1 on the Blues Chart for 6 weeks.