Jarvie was born in colonial Hong Kong, to British parents. Raised in Toronto, Canada, she was steeped in and drew inspiration from the likes of Gram Parsons and Emmy Lou Harris to Dolly Parton, the Stanley Brothers and Lucinda Williams. Partly because Suzanne craved stability in the wake of her parents’ painful divorce, at age 14, and partly because of creative reticence, Jarvie went to university, became a lawyer, wife and mother of four children, with music playing only a small sideline.
It wasn’t really until 2011 when things changed. On an ordinary day, her oldest son had a tragic accident, falling down a spiral staircase, and went into a coma. “It blew everything apart, including me,” Suzanne recalls. “Despite the doctors saying he wouldn’t survive, the miracle of his slow recovery and healing occurred and changed the course of my life….One afternoon I heard a melody in my head and just started writing. I picked up my guitar and played an opening line, and words just started appearing, through the subconscious, through emotions and through a melodic filter. Over the next few months…all these songs came gushing out. And I basically had never written any music before except for some throwaway songs.”
Somehow, during the painful recovery of her son, she found the courage to record her stunning debut album about this raw, deeply personal and painful journey, Spiral Road, produced by the Canadian multi-instrumentalist and music producer, Hugh Christopher Brown.
The record received over 20 rave reviews from the US, Canada, Netherlands, England, Germany, Italy, and France, radio play on all 11 tracks and a 2015 nomination from the Independent Music Awards for Best Concept Album. The record spent 3 months on the Euro-Americana chart reaching #7.
Her inspiration continued with the launch of a new 6 song EP in February 2016, with originals and cover tracks, including a song called Believing, from the Nashville TV show, song with her daughter Sara. A new album, “In the Clear” is written and is currently in production for release April 2018.
Suzanne will be playing Canadian Music Week May 2018, with plans are for a North American Tour in Fall 2018, and Europe in early 2019.