Sue Pyper

Originally from London UK, Sue has always been drawn to performance and art, whether it be in school shows, choirs or behind the lens of a camera. Although she has enjoyed a successful career in photography, design and communications, music has been the constant rhythm in her life. After a period of time spent travelling to places such as Africa, Europe and Scandinavia, Sue started performing at London venues. There she met bass player Pete Bolan, and along with lead guitarist, Chris Ezra, they formed the band “Out of Our Trio”, which combined the members' eclectic tastes, giving audiences music from folk to rock and roll.

In 2000, Sue moved to Canada and produced an award winning CD, "Before You Learn to Fly" which has been played all over the US, Australia and Canada, including live performances on the CBC. The title track “Before You Learn to Fly” won best song in the Vancouver Island Independent music awards (Sue was nominated for five awards in total) and another of her songs “I Can’t Go Back Anymore” was selected as one of the 10 best of 2003 by New York radio station host Bob Sherman. Audiences love her candid personality and the gentle and compelling sincerity of her music. Her second CD "Tail Lights In The Rain" was released in December 2008.

Sue’s music also appears on compilations that  include Dawn to Dawn project “The Home Album”, and the Cumberland Community Forest Project “Rhythm & Green”.

Sue has now put down roots in the Comox Valley, along with her a-lazing dog Oliver.

Where were you born?
Kingston-upon-Thames (London England)

What’s your sign? 
Aries and yes, my birthday is on April Fool's day.

Oldest, middle, youngest, only child?
Youngest child, I have one older brother.

Where is the strangest place you have ever done a gig? Hmmm, I guess it would have to be on the roof of the Swans Hotel in Victoria with my friend Gord Carter. (We also sang in the shower there too – fully clothed of course but the shower was so huge we got four of us in there!)

What’s the best part of being involved with Voices Three? There are so many things – do I have to pick just one? Well it would have to be the lasagna that we have before each rehearsal LOL – No seriously - I think what I love most is singing with the other voices. Judy and Helen are so talented and lots of fun so I get to learn and laugh a lot. I also love the challenge of doing things that are new to me and outside of my comfort zone – it keeps me on my toes! (See the phobia section!)

What famous musician/group would you say has most influenced your music?
Well the first main influence was John Denver – but later it was Nanci Griffith, Dolly Parton, Indigo Girls, Kate Rusby and Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem.

What is your favourite instrument?
Cello – always wished I could play it. I lived with a cellist for 3 years and never tired of listening to him play.

Why do you write songs?
It’s cheaper than therapy?  Mmm that is an interesting question..I guess I don’t really feel that I write songs – they sort of write themselves – I really just only write them down.

What is your favourite pizza topping?
Pizza Express in London make a pizza with spinach and an egg on the top – sounds gross but it is the BEST!

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Never been much of a long term planner – but it would be nice to be married – and of course playing music and designing things – and another CD!

What is the most unusual thing(s) you have done?
I think the most unusual thing I have done is hold a baby gorilla – I was in Africa and met Julia the baby gorilla who was an orphan -  small but so heavy – and when you look into their eyes it is like they are looking into your soul. I guess the only other thing I can think of that could be considered unusual was reppelling down the outside of a 12 storey building – (Don’t ask!)

What(or who LOL) would you do differently if you had the chance?
Mmmm  never really been someone that has regrets but I guess – I would have bought a house when I first came to the valley when you could still by them for 50k!

What is your favourite food?
There are so many …first has to be my friend Carol's sticky toffee pudding (to die for and I don’t even have a sweet tooth) but if I had to pick just one it would be asparagus.

What is your favourite form of relaxation?
A good foreign movie DVD, a glass of wine and cuddles with my dog Oliver ... or a trip to the hydropath.

do you have any phobias?
Yes, harmony singing! And spiders.

What's your favorite CD lately?
KT Tunstall, “Through the Telescope” and the Indigo Girls “For All That We Let In.

What's under your bed?
Dust bunnies and my art school portfolio – the other stuff is none of your business…LOL

What's your dream vacation?
I have always wanted to go to Peru and do the Inka Trail but it would probably kill me so I would settle for the Maldives lying on a golden beach on my own island.

What is your favourite quote?
Dolly Parton: "It takes a whole lot of money to make someone look this cheap!"

Favourite television character? 
Mulder from the X-Files (yes, x-files is my addiction). He was such a bizarre character with such a weird and sick sense of humour that I just adored him.  I always wanted to be Scully cause she got to hang out with him - but I could never run in heels!