Suzy Starlite

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Background information
Born (1966-07-08) 8 July 1966 (age 55)
Ross on Wye
Genres
  • British blues
  • Blues
  • British rock music
  • Americana (music)
  • Folk music
Instruments
  • Bass guitar
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Piano
  • Mandolin
  • Harmonica
  • Recorder and French horn
Years active1982–present
LabelsSupertone Records (London)
Associated acts
  • Starlite Campbell Band
  • Electrolite
  • Meggiddo
Websitesuzystarlite.com

Suzy Starlite (born Suzanne Margaret Morris on 8 July 1966) is a British Musician and Singer-songwriter. Alongside her husband Simon Campbell, Starlite currently records and performs exclusively as a member of the British Rock/blues-rock group the Starlite Campbell Band. Their debut album, Blueberry Pie was nominated for a European Blues Award in November 2017 and blends British blues, blues and Americana (music).

History

Starlite studied Media and Performance at Salford University and was here where Suzy met Tim Allen (of the band K), John Smith and Alan Lowles (session musician of I Am Kloot.[1] and Airtight Studios). Together they formed folk/rock band Megiddo[2] and released their debut EP of original songs ‘On the Outside’ in 1996.

The band was also invited to record an original arrangement of the 60’s classic ‘Georgy Girl’ for London record label, Future Legend Records. It was released on CD and vinyl as part of their series ‘'Themes from the Sixties'’[3]. Due to other music-related work commitments, Megiddo disbanded in 1997 and Suzy formed a new project band ‘Trade’ with Tim Allen.

Following a move to the Isle of Man in 2009 Suzy started working with musician and producer Simon Campbell. She was soon out playing the live circuit with her band ‘Starlite’, featuring all her own original songs, including Mannifest[4], the island’s largest outdoor three-day festival.

In 2014, Starlite moved to France with Campbell and they began writing songs together which led to the birth of the 'Electrolite' '80s synth dance project with analog keyboard player Mark Cleator. The three-track Electrolite[5] EP was released on limited edition 180g 12" vinyl.

After seven months they moved to Valencia, Spain where the couple continued to write and record, releasing their ambient piece Happiness in Halos[6], plus a return to the studio in the UK to record Simon’s 2014 album, The Knife[7][8][9], co-writing the track Do You Want Me[10] and providing lead/backing vocals plus Mellotron to the track.

In 2014 Starlite started to learn bass guitsr and within 12 months was playing on Campbell's 2015 UK tour[11][12], soon after returning, they formed the Starlite Campbell Band.

Starlite was featured in September 2018 edition of Bass Guitar (magazine)[13] with an in-depth interview.

In 2020 she was interviewed for the 'Women of Blues' radio show[14] and in October saw Starlite and Campbell relocate their recording studio to the north of Lisbon, Portugal.

Starlite Campbell Band

During 2017 and 2018, Starlite performed extensively throughout Spain and the Isle of Man with the Starlite Campbell Band and in July 2018 band played a homecoming show at Linton Festival[15][16][17][18] which is held close to her home town of Ross on Wye. The band continues to perform and release records.

Equipment

Starlite is a user of vintage equipment, specifically valve amplifiers bass and use multiple brands including vintage Hiwatt,[19] Matamp, Supertone, Ampeg, with loudspeakers by Celestion, Supertone, Matamp and Bergantino Audio Systems. She uses instruments by Mike Lull, Gretsch, Fender Musical Instruments Corporation and Fylde Guitars some fitted with the Hipshot drop-D tuners. Strings by Curt Mangan are fitted to all her instruments, with Effects unit's by Lehle, DWJ Pedals, Supertone, Ernie Ball, Sonic Research, Voodoo Labs, GigRig, Origin Effects, CMAT Mods, Headway Music Audio,[20]

Other achievements

Starlite has worked as a radio broadcaster and in 1991, was awarded a silver New York Festival International Radio Award for ‘First Time Eyes’ - Suzanne Morris' Israel Diary[21]. This was a diary-documentary about her experiences visiting Israel during the Gulf War for Piccadilly Radio, Manchester.

She is a keen motorcyclist and in 2011 she won both the 650cc class and award for the fastest woman at the Isle of Man TT Ramsey Sprint[22].

In 2012 she was Crew Chief for the first team to represent the Isle of Man at Bonneville Speed Week in Wendover, Utah, USA, breaking two world land speed records[23]

Awards and nominations

Radio

Year Association Category Nominated Work Result
1991 The New York Festivals Religious programmes Suzanne Morris' Israel Diary 2nd

Music

Year Association Category Nominated Work Result
2017 European Blues Awards[24][25][26] Best Album / Recorded Session Starlite Campbell Band: Blueberry Pie

Suzy Starlite at the Great British Rock and Blues Festival Skegness. Photo by Tony Cole and used with his kind permission. Suzy Starlite of the Starlite Campbell Band at the Met, Bury. Photo by Dario Leonetti and used with his kind permission. Suzy Starlite with her Mike Lull M4V at the Hooder Ram tent, Isle of Man TT. Photo by Simon Campbell and used with his kind permission. Suzy Starlite of the Starlite Campbell Band at the Met, Bury. Photo by Dario Leonetti and used with his kind permission. Suzy Starlite & Simon Campbell of the Starlite Campbell Band. Photo by Peter Putters and used with his kind permission. Suzy Starlite of the Starlite Campbell Band. Photo by Peter Putters and used with his kind permission.

In the media

  

References

  1. "Alan Lowles". Discogs. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  2. "Megiddo: On the Outside". MusicBrainz. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  3. "Themes From The 60's Volume 3". Discogs. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  4. "Mannifest 2012". eFestivals.co.uk. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  5. "Electrolite: Electrolite". MusicBrainz. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  6. "Simon Campbell & Suzy Starlite: Happiness in Halos". MusicBrainz. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  7. "Simon Campbell: The Knife". MusicBrainz. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  8. "Simon Campbell: The Knife". Discogs. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  9. Owl (February 2015). "Simon Campbell" (PDF). TwentyFourSevenValencia.
  10. "Do You Want Me". MusicBrainz. Retrieved 6 February 2021.
  11. "Simon Campbell and Suzy Starlite ~ Live". Bluesdoodles. 26 September 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  12. "Head for the Hill Festival 2015". Head for the Hill Festival. 19 September 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  13. McIver, Joel (September 2018). "Star Quality: Suzy Starlite of the Starlite Campbell Band hits the blues groove runnin". Bass Guitar (magazine).
  14. "Contemporary Woman of Blues, Suzy Starlite". womenofblues.com. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  15. "Homecoming gig for blues band as Ross-born Suzie Starlite plays Linton Festival with the Starlite Campbell Band". Hereford Times. 28 June 2018. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  16. "Returning to her hometown to play at the Linton Festival". Ross Gazette. 2 July 2018. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  17. "Simon and Suzy head across the water for a festival date". Isle of Man Today. 6 July 2018. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  18. "Linton Blues Festival 2018". Rhythm & Booze. 14 July 2018. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  19. "Starlite Campbell Band". Hiwatt. 19 November 2018. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  20. "Simon Campbell". Headway Music Audio. 21 January 2021. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  21. "Student Scoops Award". Herefordshire History. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  22. "Starlite Express". Ross Gazette. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  23. "Manx team sets second land-speed world record in Utah". BBC. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  24. "European Blues Awards". 5 November 2017. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  25. "Ramsbottom blues artist Simon Campbell nominated for Best Album/Recorded Session in the 2017 European Blues Awards". Bury Times. 10 November 2017. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  26. "Manx Blues pair aim to conquer Europe". Isle of Man Newspapers. 10 November 2017. Retrieved 13 November 2017.

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