Whether it’s scatting, chanting, collaborating, or writing, Sue explodes the pre-conceived notions of singing. As a founding and current member of folk trio Sons of the Never Wrong, Sue tours nationally, performing original, acoustic music. Her body of work as a songwriter achieves a rare peace between the boundaries of love and redemption. A seasoned back-up vocalist featured on over 50 CD’s, Sue is currently a recording artist on Waterbug records where her original songs, arrangements, and vocals are featured.

In addition to Sons, Sue is a busy guest artist, most recently with Corky Siegel and the Chamber Blues Ensemble. She is also part of a gospel/jazz septet called Come Sunday.

 


EXPERIENCE

  SONS OF THE NEVER WRONG 
20+ years as founding member of Sons of the Never Wrong – performing, writing, arranging, producing, recording, touring.

  THEATER/PERFORMANCE 
Cast member -“The Snow Queen” by Michael Smith atVictory GardensTheater.Co-composer, performer for Shadowfax Theater Production – “Leaving Iowa”. Cast member in Michael Miles’ pieces for the Chicago Humanities Festival – “Politics & Song”,“Songs of the Earth” & “Transcontinental”. Performer/Co-composer for DanceWork Chicago’s production – “My Witness”. Composer/Performer for Chicago Women’s Collective, dance piece – “Angels at the Edges.” Lead Vocalist for Avant-garde puppet opera – “7 Deadly Sins”.

  SEASONED BACK-UP VOCALIST 
Vocalist for over 50 recording artists in pop, folk, jazz, rock, world, and jazz.

  TEACHING EXPERIENCE 
Old Town School of Folk Music Staff – Teacher of Private Singer-Songwriter, and group songwriting classes.

  COME SUNDAY 
Ensemble member in gospel/jazz septet Come Sunday

  EDUCATION 
B.F.A. – Northern Illinois University. 2 yr. program – Bloom School of Jazz. Young Artist Program – School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


“Sue Demel has a voice that amazes even the most jaded music writer”

Lerner News


“Demel pushes the Envelope”

– The Midnight Special WFMT


“Sue Demel has an unpredictable sense of harmony, occasionally taking off to the outer limits of vocalization… breathtaking.”

Music Matters Magazine


“Demel has one of the most expressive female voices in folk music today.”

Isthmus Daily/Madison


“…the four singers and three instrumentalists who make up Come Sunday offer a unique blend of gospel and jazz that is both artistically challenging and emotionally rewarding.”

Black Vibes Magazine