Suzy Bogguss was born on Dec. 30, in Aledo, Illinois. She grew up in a farming family that loved music. She earned a degree from Illinois State University but sang in clubs and coffee houses to earn extra money. Her repertoire included country songs "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" and "Night Rider's Lament." After five years of touring in a van, Suzy was performing regularly at a Nashville restaurant. She made a tape in 1986 to sell at her performance at Dollywood. The recordings landed in the hands of executives at Capitol Records and Suzy landed a recording contract.
She reached the Top 15 in 1989 with "Cross My Broken Heart" and again in 1991 with a Lee Greenwood duet, "Hopelessly Yours." Her 1991 album Aces spawned three Top 10 hits – the title cut, "Outbound Plane" and "Letting Go." In 1992, the Country Music Association recognized her with its Horizon Award.
In 1993, Suzy climbed to No. 2 with "Drive South," a song written by John Hiatt. The Top 5 hits "Just Like the Weather" and "Hey Cinderella" followed. She and her friend Chet Atkins released their album Simpatico in 1994.
After parting with Capitol Records, Suzy recorded for other labels and released albums including Swing!, American Folk Songbook and Lucky. She continues to tour and is a frequent guest on the Grand Ole Opry.
“Music has always been my purest joy even as a child.”