Susan Anders grew up in Berkeley, California, amidst peace marches, hippies, and the budding women's movement. After collecting degrees from UC Santa Cruz and SF State she got herself into a bunch of strange and cool musical situations. Among the strange: delivering singing telegrams wearing a table around her waist, and teaching doo-wop versions of Beatles songs to Buddhist monks. Among the cool: stints in her rock band Slantstep, as well as a cappella, jazz and Motown cover bands that played throughout northern California. Anders moved to Los Angeles in 1990 and met her future husband Tom Manche-- their band Susan’s Room toured and released albums throughout the 90s.
Susan's Room disbanded amicably and Anders moved with Manche to Nashville, Tennessee in 2002, where she recorded three solo albums, Release (2005), Swimmer (2010), and Loop de Loop (2016). Her newest album 13 Women, full of songs inspired by women in US history, will be released March 5, 2021, during Women's History Month. The first single "Spell" is out Oct. 30, 2020.
Anders' songs have been recorded by numerous independent country, soul, and Americana artists including the Four Bitchin' Babes, The Irrationals, Renee Hayes, and The Viper Creek Band.
Anders is also is also a vocal coach who has worked with thousands of singers, including Hillary Scott (Lady Antebellum), Dierks Bentley, Joey Heatherton, Chase Bryant, Josh Gracin, Jerry Douglas, Rose MacGowan, and L7. Her instructional releases include The No Scales, Just Songs Vocal Workout, Singing with Style, and Harmony Singing By Ear, and her app Sing Harmonies. Her newest singing method is The Vocal Recovery Warmup.
''A Hell-on-wheels bluesy wailing alto'' Dirty Linen
"She takes listeners to realms that sound more like movies than songs." Larry Kelp, KPFA