Susan Greenbaum has committed the first sin of musicians: She quit her day job. After working as a corporate executive in Fortune 500 companies, Susan traded her power suits for performing. She has been singing as long as she’s been speaking, growing up in Kansas City, in college at Harvard, and in Boston and Richmond, VA. And now her tax return, under "Occupation," reads, "Singer-songwriter."
Susan has won several national songwriting awards, most recently the Smithsonian Songwriters Award in 2009 and the Philadelphia Songwriters Project songwriting contest in June, 2008. She was also the Grand Prize overall winner of the 2005 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, winning for her song, “Spin Like a Top.” In an unprecedented occurrence in the contest’s 22-year history, she won Second Prize overall for her song, “You Are My Holiday”; no artist had previously won multiple overall prizes. Susan also had five other songs named finalists or awarded honorable mentions. Several songs from Susan’s “Wake Up!” CD were finalists in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the U.S.A. Songwriting Contest.
The Susan Greenbaum Band won a national competition to be the opening act for recording star Jewel; industry professionals and over 100,000 online voters made the choice. Susan enjoyed overwhelming success on the tour across the Northeast, welcoming thousands of new fans. She and her band were also among the select acts chosen to perform at the 2006 Virginia Gubernatorial Inaugural Concert.
“You Are My Holiday” became the title track of Susan Greenbaum’s fourth independent release. The collection of wide-ranging holiday music includes classics recorded with a new spin, shimmering versions of traditional carols, and a few originals to further burnish the holiday spirit. Susan released her third independent CD, "Hey, Hey, Hey!" to rave reviews. The disc is a 13-song collection of intelligent lyrics, beautiful melodies, catchy hooks and always Susan's mellifluous and versatile voice.