Suzanne Garcia is better known as "Susie" to all her fans, friends, and family, and if you are not laughing, crying, smiling, or dancing when she is onstage, then she thinks that she hasn't done her job. With a keen ear for music, she began playing violin as a child. With the encouragement of her parents (both avid Mariachi fans and music aficionados), Susie was introduced to a genre of music rooted in tradition and cultural pride.

In 1991, Susie made her first appearance at the Hollywood Bowl for a "Tribute to Women in Mariachi". Little did she know, a few years later the explosion of all-female Mariachi ensembles would begin. Susie returned to the Hollywood bowl three more times as a member of Mariachi Las Adelitas (1997) as well as Mariachi Las Alondras(1998, 1999). While a student member of the UCLA Mariachi in 1994, under the direction of Chuy Guzman of Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, Susie, a second generation Mexican-American, felt a need to return to her roots in exploration of the language and the land where Mariachi music was born. In 1997, she attended La Universidad Autónoma de México in Mexico City and returned with new insight and understanding to music and culture.

In 1999, Susie helped pioneer one of the first modern all-female run and directed mariachi bands in Los Angeles by the name of Mariachi Divas. During her 9 year stint with the Divas, Susie performed at numerous concerts and festivals throughout Los Angeles and the Southwestern United States including countless television and radio appearances. In 2008, she even had the honor of recording on the Divas grammy winning album “Canciones de Amor”.

Her versatility within the performing arts has afforded Susie many exciting opportunities. In 2008, Susie performed along side Lila Downs in "Ren", an art film directed by world renown artist Matthew Barney. In fall of 2009, Susie was sought out by Richard Montoya, director of the nation's most prominent Chicano-Latino performance troupe "Culture Clash" to take on the role of Musical Director for a month long theatre performance of "Peace" at the Getty Villa directed by Bill Rauch. In 2011, Susie was honored to take on dual duties as an actress/musician as well as composer/ arranger for Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s production of Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” also directed by Rauch.

Susie continues promoting her solo CD “Esa Guerita” and always keeps performance of her original, fused, and traditional music at the forefront of her career. At the close of 2011, she sang one of her most popular tracks “Hay Amores” accompanied by grammy nominated Mariachi Los Arrieros del Valle at the 17th annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza in San Antonio Texas. You can see Susie perform live in Los Angeles weekly.

Susie Garcia

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