Vocalist and pianist Suzanne O Davis lives in Canada and performs around the world. She’s been in a variety of productions, including shows that pay tribute to Fleetwood Mac and ABBA, but these days she’s focused on the music of Carole King.
Davis has been celebrating King’s sound with a new show called “Tapestry: The Carole King Songbook.” Her heartfelt tribute to the singer/songwriter — who gave us such tunes as “You’ve Got a Friend” and “It’s Too Late” — was scheduled to be at The Palace Danbury Saturday, March 21, but has been postponed because of coronavirus concerns. A new date has not yet been set, according to the Palace’s managing director, Carol Spiegel.
“The safety and well-being of our audience, artists, and staff is The Palace Danbury’s highest priority,” she said in a news release, March 12. “In compliance with Gov. Lamont’s executive order prohibiting gatherings of more than 250 people, The Palace will be suspending all shows for the next 30 days.”
The Palace is working to reschedule performances. “Ticket holders will be contacted once the new dates have been confirmed. “At that time, you may determine whether you would like to attend the rescheduled show or receive a refund. We ask for your patience and understanding while our staff works through all of the details.”
In an interview about “Tapestry: The Carole King Songbook,” prior to its postponement, Davis said all of King’s songs are “gems for different reasons,” but “Pleasant Valley Sunday” is the one she finds most fun to perform. She and her band, including musicians on bass, drums, guitar, and saxophone/flute, had planned to feature more than 25 songs during two 45-minute sets.
“My favorite part of the show, believe it or not, is feeling the audience take those little gasps in when they hear the first chord of some of their favorite songs,” she said, via email. “I can feel the room take a collective breath. It’s a part of my job that I love; the interaction with the audience is a joy.”
Not only does she channel King on the piano, but her comfortable presentation endears her to audiences. “Several of the guys in our show are excellent lead and harmony singers, so we always have some terrific vocal blends...”
Q: What is it about Carole King’s songs that made you want to create this production?
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A: She’s a tremendous artist, and I wanted to do a show that paid tribute to her in a very respectful, integrity-filled musical way. Once I started putting it together, it inspired me even more to present this great catalog of music...
Q: When you step onstage, what is foremost on your mind as far as the kind of experience you want to create for your audience?Read Full Article
A: My hope is that it strikes them in an emotional way — a lot like the way the real fans of her music felt when they dropped the needle on that record ‘back in the day.’ They will see/hear some of the finest musicians around play this music with incredible finesse, dynamics, and, once again — that word, integrity. They can expect to have fun, sing with us, and learn a lot about the history of the tunes and Carole’s career. I do quite a bit of back story throughout the show.
Q: In your bio it says: ‘I really like to have fun and talk with the audience about the history of the songs. I think people want to feel that we’re all sharing these moments together…and we are.’ Would you say you’re a Carole King expert?
A: I’m no expert by any means, but I feel it’s very important to have as much info as I can, and have all the facts straight. She’s had such an interesting career that has affected so many other artists. I feel that is a biggie in weaving that ‘Tapestry thread’ into the evening’s performance.
Q: What is your earliest memory of singing or falling in love with music?
A: I don’t remember a time when I didn’t play piano, or have music in my life. My mother always enjoyed music, musical theater, and made sure I had a good dose of it as a kid, and I eagerly drank up every bit. I owe it all to her.
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