Susan Anders has always been a sucker for vocal harmonies. One of her first memories growing up in Berkeley, California was hearing Ray Charles and the Raelettes singing “Hit the Road, Jack”. She soaked up Beatles, Motown, and Simon & Garfunkel harmonies as a child, then after collecting degrees from UC Santa Cruz and SF State she got herself into a bunch of weird and cool musical situations. Among the weird: delivering singing telegrams wearing a table around her waist, and teaching doo-wop versions of Beatles songs to Buddhist monks. Among the cool: stints in a cappella, rock, jazz and Motown bands that played throughout northern California. Anders spent the 1980s fronting her rock band Slantstep in the Bay Area. After moving to Los Angeles in 1990 and meeting her future husband Tom Manche, they formed, then toured and recorded with Susan’s Room for the rest of the decade.
Susan's Room disbanded amicably and Anders moved with Manche to Nashville, Tennessee in 2002, where she recorded two solo albums, Release (2005), and Swimmer (2010). For her next album Loop de Loop Anders followed her love of harmonies and layered multiple textured vocal harmonies throughout the songs.
Anders' songs have been recorded by numerous independent country, soul, and Americana artists including the Four Bitchin' Babes, The Irrationals, Renee Hayes, and The Viper Creek Band.
Anders is also is also a vocal coach who has worked with thousands of singers, including Hillary Scott (Lady Antebellum), Dierks Bentley, Joey Heatherton, Chase Bryant, Josh Gracin, Jerry Douglas, Rose MacGowan, and L7. Her instructional releases include The No Scales, Just Songs Vocal Workout, Singing with Style, and Harmony Singing By Ear, and her iPhone app Sing Harmonies. Her newest singing method is The Vocal Recovery Warmup.
''A Hell-on-wheels bluesy wailing alto''
"She takes listeners to realms that sound more like movies than songs." Larry Kelp, KPFA