Susannah Rolfes is a pianocentric indie singer/songwriter from Southeastern Indiana, performing as Songs of Susannah.
Songs of Susannah is a project designed to get the unique music of Susannah Rolfes out into the world.
Songs of Susannah sounds like nothing else out there, a cross between folk and alternative rock, between Enya and Tori Amos, Natalie Merchant and Loreena McKennitt, Neil Young and October Project, Indigo Girls and Donovan, Dead Can Dance and Tom Petty.
Susannah has been making up songs since she was a toddler, and has been writing music for the piano since she was 3 or 4 years old. She always has a song in her head, and captures as many of these as possible, on sheet music and in the recording studio.
Although she mostly plays the piano, Susannah also plays many other instruments, including the guitar. She sometimes even plays the piano with one hand and a drum with the other!
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Susannah has lived in a little house in the woods of Laughery Valley in Southeastern Indiana all her life.
Susannah is Autistic and it's quite possible that her musical ability is a savant skill; although not a prodigy, she has the same neurological and experiential traits common to all music savants.
Susannah's first public performance of her original music was at the First Baptist Church of Lawrenceburg, Indiana on November 12, 1989.
Over the course of the following decade, she played offertories at the church, eventually performing an original piano solo to rave reviews (which was also broadcast on local Channel 6 cable television) on June 20, 1999. Over 100 members of the congregation complimented the performance afterwards; several seasoned musicians in the audience said, "I knew you must have written it, because it's like nothing else out there!"
More recently, Susannah performed almost 40 times at Great Crescent Brewery in Aurora, Indiana, at their Pints & Pencils and Brews & Books events in 2014-2016. Several attendees said that Susannah's music was their favorite part of the evening.
Since then, Susannah has played several times at the Friendship Art Gallery in Dillsboro, Indiana, as part of their Song Circle.