The Clarke College Arts at Clarke Silver Series will host a performance by singer/songwriter Susan Werner on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Jansen Music Hall on the Clarke campus. Tickets are $10 and be purchased beginning Tuesday, Jan. 23, by calling (563)584-8642 or by visiting www.clarke.edu/artsatclarke.
Click here to visit Susan Werner’s Web site.
In 2004, Werner released “I Can’t Be New,” which consists of 13 original songs in the style of the Great American Songbook. “My aim with this record was Carole King meets Cole Porter,” said Werner. “I wanted to borrow the sophisticated language of another era, the musical elegance, and even a sense of fun and tongue-in-cheek, and use it in songs that would communicate the feelings of an American woman today.” The album went to number one on Amazon.com and has cemented Werner’s place among the most vital and creative working songwriters today. Her 2002 release “new non-fiction” also received numerous accolades for its insightful social commentary and introspective stories.
Werner’s mix of folk and jazz is one reason the breakthrough singer-songwriter has toured across the country with countless luminaries including Joan Armatrading and Richard Thompson. She has four nationally released albums and has appeared on the “Peter, Paul & Mary Lifelines” special seen nationally on PBS. The New York Times has hailed her as “an extremely promising singer and songwriter.”
Raised on a farm in Iowa, Werner learned to play guitar at the age of five. After graduating from the College of Iowa, she moved to Philadelphia and earned a graduate degree in classical voice from Temple College.