1958 – Born on September 9th
in Invercargill, New Zealand.
1960 - Age 12 started her musical
1961 - Age 13 recorded her first
album “Country Girl” which went gold in months. Sang on
television for the first time.
1973 – Age 15 won a New Zealand
television talent quest.
1974 – Golden Guitar for Female
Vocal of the Year with “Dust on Mother’s Bible”.
1977 - Golden Guitar for Female Vocal of the Year with
“Sweet Music Man”. Inducted into the Hands of Fame.
Suzanne repeated her ‘Hands of Fame’ tribute at the ‘‘New
Zealand Hands of Fame’’.
1978 - Golden Guitar for Female
Vocal of the Year with “How Great Thou Art”.
1979 – Travelled to Canada
to appear with George Hamilton IV on his show which was screened
1995 - A committed supporter of World Vision for over 20
years, Suzanne was visiting India to
see the organisations work first hand when she heard that she
had received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in the Queens
Birthday Honours for her services to music.
She has been awarded many awards and accolades in both
throughout her 40 year career which she has largely managed
Suzanne has also used her own celebrity status in deeply
personal ways. To date she has headlined over 650
Kids for Kids shows leading approx
750,000 children to perform to an estimated audience of over
500,000 helping youngsters into the spotlight at the same time
as raising the awareness of the plight of under privileged
children throughout the world. As well as performing her own
shows, corporate events, and theatre presentations, she performs
between 40-50 Kids for Kids
show’s a year throughout
Using her years in the entertainment industry and her enthusiasm
for music, Suzanne works hard to encourage children to become
involved and enjoy the experience of music.
Suzanne has had published two books both of which became
best sellers, “One Day at a Time”& “Keeping it Off”.
Her World Vision work has also taken her to
continuing her close work with many of the world’s
Other awards and honours include being named as
Best Female Vocalist and RIANZ NZ Music Industry Awards.
The awards have kept coming, more recently Suzanne was
honoured by Rotary as a recipient of the ‘Paul Harris Fellow
Award’ in 2002. The highest honour awarded by Rotary
In 2008 Suzanne felt especially honoured to receive the
NCMA Country Music Legend Award.
In 2009 Suzanne was voted by her peers as ‘Top Female
Vocalist’ by “The Variety Artists of New Zealand”.