Susan Cadogan – Live with full band – Jamaican Reggae Artiste
Susan was born ALLISON ANNE CADOGAN in Kingston, Jamaica to Belizean father the Rev. Claude Cadogan and Jamaican mother, Lola Veronica Cadogan (nee Dujon), a classical soprano.
Coming from a musical and religious family, she began singing in the church as a teenager. Anne, as she was called, never had a thought of being a professionall singer but in mid 1974 her first single “Love my life” was recorded at The Black Ark studios in Kingston for producer Jerry Lewis. She was then asked by studio owner Lee ”Scratch” Perry to sing his version of ‘Hurt so good’ and so began her foray into the world of reggae music.
In early April of 1975 “Susan” (renamed by Lee Perry) shot to stardom when the single “Hurt so Good” raced up the BBC Charts in London peaking at #4 with a bullet. Susan was summoned to London and made her first appearance on “Top of the Pops”, the famed weekly television chart show. Later that year, her follow-up single “Love me Baby” produced by Peter Waterman for Magnet Records was released and peaked at #21 on the charts. Then followed her now Collector’s item LP “Susan Cadogan” produced by Perry and the LP “Doing it her way” produced by Waterman.
It is of note that before her British debut, the single “Hurt so Good” was #1 on ZDK Radio in the island of Antigua and Susan visited and did several shows there and in St. Kitts and Nevis.
Susan was then produced by OB International (Owen Brown) in Jamaica and the hit singles “Piece of my heart” and “Tracks of my tears” saw her named Female Artiste of the year in 1981. Her duet with Jamaican singer Ruddy Thomas “You know how to make me feel so good” produced by Hawkeye Records (London) was #1 for 8 weeks on the British Reggae Charts and broke into the BBC charts on the Virgin label. She has recorded 10 albums and numerous singles to date including many duets with Ruddy Thomas, Bunny“Rugs” Clarke, Glen Adams and Ken Boothe.
Through the years Susan has worked with several international bands and producers some of whom are The Mad Professor (Ariwa Records UK), The Slackers Band (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Creole Records (Bruce White), Crabs Corporation of Argentina for Record Kicks (Italy), Glen Adams (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and most recently Mitch Girio of King Kong Records in Canada. This latest EP “Take me Back”, has been well received and named among the top releases of 2016 in Europe. Susan is constantly recording and her new album “The girl who cried” produced by Mitchell Girio is now on the market released by Grover Records, Germany.
Susan is set to do several shows in Europe and in the UK from June through December 2019 and also April- July 2020 starting with “THIS IS SKA” in Rosslau on June 22nd. 2019. She will also appear on Madness “House of Fun” on December 1st. in Minehead and on December 14th 2019 on “The Christmas Reggae Festival” in Reading, UK.
Many years have passed but Susan still has her expressive, fine soprano voice and a deep love of her art evident in her new music and on her recent shows, where her professionalism, dynamic stage presence and natural aptitude are loved by all. She has been hailed by many as the “Queen of Lover’s rock” but her recordings embody all facets of Jamaican music. Susan has appeared all over The UK, Europe, Argentina, Mexico, Hawaii, New York and many other U.S. states and in the Caribbean and continues through 44 eventful years in the industry, to do what she loves and does best….recording and performing some of the greatest soulful reggae music.
SUSAN CADOGAN, hailed by many as having the “sexiest voice in reggae” remains one of Jamaica’s finest exports to the International music scene. Her musical journey continues…..