As a member of the appropriately named Talent Island crew from Philadelphia, PA, singer Suzann Christine is one of the cities’ premier indie vocalists. Beginning her professional musical journey roughly around 2009, Christine has actually been involved in music in some form since she was 5 years old and singing in her church’s choir. Her path continued well into her scholastic years, as she graduated from the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts.
Today Christine can proudly add that she has released some very well received singles such as “Closed Casket” and won a Philly Hip-Hop Award in 2012 for Best Female R&B Artist. She has also shared stages with the likes of accomplished artists such as T.I., Wale, Melanie Fiona and Musiq Soulchild, featured on projects with some of Philly’s leading artists like Freeway and Chill Moody and is also recognized for making the Phillies Playoff Anthem in 2011. Being a hardcore Phillies fan, this made me automatically put Christine in my “Favorite People” list lol.
Possibly even more alluring to me about Christine is the creation of her nonprofit organization SCH Creative and Performing Arts. SCH CAPA is a growing summer camp and afterschool program that is creating an avenue for teens interested in learning and performing various forms of the Fine Arts. In a climate today where many schools have cut art and music programs from their curriculum because they are deemed unimportant, it’s a true blessing to see someone who is giving kids an outlet to be educated on the importance of art, plus allow them to be creative and express themselves as well.
I was fortunate enough to catch up with Suzann Christine on a brisk Sunday to learn more about SCH CAPA, her upcoming album “SuRenity” and her thoughts on American Idol and other reality singing competition shows. Enjoy!