Susan Lily Bio

 With a number of years of travelling and working around our big country Susan Lily has taken the wise words of her grandfather and lived her life like there was no tomorrow. 

“He taught me to observe and take in the world, not just let it pass by.  I have been a student of nature and our world since a young child.  It’s given me a perspective that I feel is quite unique.”

Susan never dreamt she would be referred to as "a gifted songwriter" yet here she is, an album and EP later, with loyal fans who were drawn in by her innate ability to relate personally to their own lives.  A gal who follows her own path and values, creating music that she knows will uplift and bring joy to the world around her.

“I never really knew I could write a song, never mind a good one.  All I wanted to do in the beginning was write and perform comedy songs in my stage act.”

Susan first began on stage in short plays, musicals and finally, as a stand up comic, before taking her stage-craft knowledge and applying it to the world of musical entertainment.

She found her voice purely by accident when she decided to take coaching lessons from Nikki Nicholls ( BV – John Farnham, Kylie Minogue) and it was Nikki who introduced Susan to a man who would change everything for her.

“I couldn’t even hit a B flat above middle C when I first started lessons.  I think I was afraid to be heard back then.”

It didn’t take long for Susan to find her voice and then fine tune it, ready for the stage.  It was Nicholls who first introduced her to Paul Norton and through that meeting Susan gained a songwriting mentor and producer for her debut album, “Butterfly”.

“Butterfly was woven together with Paul Norton (“Stuck On You”, “Under a Southern Sky” ‘90s) and stable of local musicians including Gerry Hale (Uncle Bill, Innocent Bystanders), Wendy Stapleton (Wendy and the Rockets) and, Angus Burchall (John Farnham Band). It was a truly educational experience for me to engage with, and learn from, these awesome professionals".

It brought her airplay and with it eager fans and radio presenters around the country and the world.  With the increase networking of the internet and online digital stores the album sold here and overseas.

“I can remember the first time I heard my music on radio.  I was driving to a gig during the Mildura Country Music Festival and my single came on the local station.  I spent the rest of the trip squealing with glee.  It must have looked rather silly if you were watching me drive.”

On the subject of song ideas, Susan will often respond with,

“I don’t write the songs so much as they come to me.  A lyric or melody will sometimes jump into my head and I have to stop what I’m doing and disappear to record it.  That has created some interesting social moments, let me tell you!”

As for how she writes songs....

"I've been blessed to have been mentored by some great people who first taught me how to desconstruct a song and then how to rebuild and arrange it so it made sense. "

Susan is not big on winning awards so much as winning hearts.  Having said that she is privileged to have been a finalist in the Vic and National Country Music Awards in 2012 and to have been the recipient of an award at the 2015 Tasmanian Country Music Awards.

Born and bred in outback NSW then moving to various cities has given Susan Lily a broad view of people and life.  Having worked up close and personal with people in health she has translated into music with a gift for emotional story telling.  Capturing the essence of the ups and downs of life is her forte, and her melodic delivery adds to the lyrics she pens. 

Susan released her second album, “Free Spirited” in March 2018 at the ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL.  Thus far she has released MUSICAL JOURNEY, TOUGH AS GERANIUM &, FEELING LOVE.  Each track was fortunate enough to be a part of the national country music top 40 playlist chart.

Bringing lyrics and catchy melodies out to play is Susan’s gift.  One that she will happily share with anyone who will listen.  Following her attendance at a recent songwriting retreat, Susan hopes to bring new flavours into her songs through co-writing in 2019.






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Susan Lily - Interview (Tamworth Country Music Festival 2014)

Venues/gigs/support and featured shows

Since moving to Adelaide Susan has played at The Astor Hotel,  Grace Emily Hotel, Gilbert Street Hotel, Ed Castle Hotel & Crowne and Sceptre (with Monday Night for the Lonely Soul), The Austral Hotel (with SCALA), St Kilda Hotel, Hotel Elliott


Nov 27th, Jan 21st and March 18th Susan was part of the Boat That Rocked Series 

"Susan Lily, Top Deck Residency Artist charmed the summer season cruisers with her cheeky giggles, crowd participation and pleasant mix of country rock/folk tunes as we sailed the sunsets of the Port River."

Rating *****
Platinum Event Agency - Home of The Boat that Rocked, Adelaide SA
Season residency 2016/2017

"Susan is professional, dedicated and insanely talented, gets all the toes tapping at the Astor! We love to have her perform time & time again!"

Management at Astor Hotel, Pulteney Street, ADELAIDE

Support Shows

The Boat That Rocks, from Mclaren Wharf -  supporting The Incredibles, Sat 7th Nov 2015

Samantha Page Album Launch, Nexus Arts Centre, Adelaide, 6th Feb 2016

Kylie Brice EP launch, The Salisbury Insitute, Salisbury, 26th Feb 2016

The Boat That Rocks (Port Adelaide) - supporting the Incredibles Sat 27th Nov 2016

Feature and Special Shows

Feature artist at SCALA at the Austral Hotel, Thursday 10th April 2014, 1st May 2014, April 2nd 2015
Club Cool, The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, Sunday 21st Sept 2014
Susan Lily Band at Club Cool, Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, Sunday 21st June 2015
ETI End of Year Celebrations, Saturday 13th December 2014
The Tall Ships Festival with Steve Charles, McLaren Wharf, Sat 20th and Sun 21st Feb 2016

Dockside Tavern, Port Adelaide - Thursday 11th May on stage at 10 pm

The Edinburgh  Castle Hotel, Currie Street - Monday 15th May on stage at 8:30 pm

The British Hotel, Port Adelaide - Friday 19th May 6-9 pm

The British Workingmen's Club with event, "Rock'n'Roll Rampage" - Sat 20th May on stage WITH BAND at 4 pm

Music Mondays "Songbirds" (Umbrella Winter City Sounds Festival) 17th July, Ed Castle Hotel


Gallery Yampu, Birkenhead Sunday 23rd July 2:30 pm (Enchantment by the River)

Live in the Studio - TRIBE LIVE - 91.1 FM 13th August, 2 - 6 pm

Semaphore Music Festival - October 2nd Semaphore RSL, Semaphore rd from 2 - 5 pm  Susan Lily Band, with Steve Charles Band 

The British Hotel, Port Adelaide - Friday 15th December 6-9 pm

ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL 2018 - 9,10,11 March at the Hilton Hotel in Fedoras Restaurant, South rd, Hilton

Saturday 23rd June - The Cut Snakes, with Susan Lily & The Gorgeous Cowboys at Three Brothers Arms Hotel, MACCLESFIELD

Sunday 24th June - Susan Lily solo show in Clare Valley at The Rising Sun Hotel, Auburn

October Dates:

October 6th Alphington Bowls club, Alphington - along with The Prairie Oysters, Rattlincane, Brad Brewer

October 11th The Red Lion Brewery, Kilmore - 7-9 pm

October 14th Mantra Studio Kitchen and Bar - 2-5 pm

October 28th Seacliff Surf Lifesaving Club - 3:30 pm (In The Seen)

October 29th Music Mondays at Pilgrim Uniting Church, Flinders street 12:30-1 pm

November Dates:

November 17th The Railway Hotel, Cowra 7 - 11 pm

December Dates:

Sat 1st December at Gincident Festival, Harts Mill 2:15pm (with The Beach House Cowboys)

Sun 9th December at Seacliff Surf Lifesaving Club - 2 - 6 pm (In The Seen)

Tuesday 18th December at The Metro - from 8:30 pm (Acoustic Tuesdays)

Saturday 22nd December at The Railway Hotel for a country Christmas show - featuring THE CUT SNAKES, SUSAN LILY & THE GORGEOUS COWBOYS and more.

Saturday 5th January at The Gov Variety night, Hindmarsh 9 pm start