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.
SONS OF THE NEVER WRONG
20+ years as founding member of Sons of the Never Wrong – performing, writing, arranging, producing, recording, touring.
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.
Old Town School of Folk Music Staff – Teacher of Private Singer-Songwriter, and group songwriting classes.
Ensemble member in gospel/jazz septet Come Sunday
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