SUSAN SISKO CARTER
Singer. Songwriter. Writer of stories that need no melodies.
It was a hot, smoggy afternoon in a popular Los Angeles vinyl record store, when five vinyl-browsing fans recognized Susan...each by a different name. (There are real live witnesses to this fact.) Susan has sung, written, and recorded under five different names: Susan Rafey, Susan Carter, Miss Outrageous Nevada, Susan Sisko and the name she is sticking with now––Susan Sisko Carter.
No. she is not a fugitive on the lam. Just a woman with a vivid imagination
who, through the years, has dressed herself in new names like most women do with new clothes. A snappy pseudonym was a facilitator of fantasy. Good for creativity. Not so good for career strategy.
It was only while Googling her various names one night, as a full moon found her through the skylight of her cottage, that she discovered hundreds of thousands of fans were posting her music on social media. A couple of those recordings were made when she was only thirteen-years-old...and signed to a major label. Her recordings as a teen, under the name Susan Rafey, include the Verve album, "Hurt So Bad", produced by Creed Taylor. Her album "Wonderful Deeds and Adventures", recorded under the name Susan Carter, for Epic, has been reissued in Japan and England.
Susan has lived a life rich with material for songs and stories. When she sings, there is intimacy in her voice, as if she is sharing a secret. For years, her voice was a secret, during her successful career, writing for television. Then, one night, in Paris, she sang in a jazz club. The audience was moved by her voice. "Tres emouvante. Authentique," they told her. "Bravo," a Hendrix-haired, musician said, just before kissing her hand. As Susan strolled down Boulevard Saint-Germain des Pres, she heard herself say: "I was a singer. I am a singer. I will always be a singer," That realization in Paris eventually led to her recording again, and the release of several internationally acclaimed singles.
Read about Susan in the new issue of the fab English music mag,