Bounce-Worthy: Suai


I've been seeing the name Suai on various blogs for the past few months, and I'll admit to not paying much attention and clicking past it every time. But surely the Brown Sugar blog, Clutch and Giant magazine couldn't all be wrong. And they're not. I finally sat down to listen to the Detroit born and bred singer's tunes, and I'm here to tell you that the hype is real and well deserved. The daughter of a music teacher, Suai (pronounced "sway") is a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who has drawn comparisons to Alicia Keys because of her adroit piano playing and polished vocals, and she is poised to be the latest in a long line of R&B singers to come out of the Motor City. She's currently putting the finishing touches on her debut album, The Perfect Girl, which is scheduled to be released this spring and includes production from Akon on her first single, "Stronger." Her association with a konvict notwithstanding, anyone who got their hands on the Hidden Beach Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement compilation already got a taste of Suai and knows that she can blow. Signed to Universal Motown for the past few years, she jokingly makes reference to still working at Starbucks even though she has a record deal on her MySpace page. With her CD right around the corner, soon enough Suai will be on the opposite side of the counter and able to turn in that forest green apron for good.

Suai: "The Perfect Girl"

Suai feat. President-elect Barack Obama: "Am I All Alone?"

Suai [Official][MySpace]

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8 Responses

  1. I've also seen the name banded around a bit on the net and i admit i'm guilty of overlooking her several times. Did a quick search and listened to a couple of tracks which sound good.
    Although i musts say i seem to be on a female 'overload' at the moment. There are some undeniably talented new artists around which i'm sure will make an impact in '09 (Suai, Sabrina Starke, Tracy Cruz, Brittany Bosco, Karma Stewart ... the list goes on), but where are all the male artists?

  2. *yaaawn*..... I'm just not moved

  3. She can definitely sing. But the material bores me, at least these two songs did. I definitely see the A Keys comparisons, particularly on the first track.
    I'll definitely keep her on my radar though as I've also been seeing her name around.

  4. I chose to sleep for a while also, and then when I finally listened I again chose to sleep. LOL Nah, she's alright but I don't see what all the hype is about...
    It's like one of the girls from Blaque learned how to play the piano (whoa!) Much luck to her and all that but not a show-stopper IMO

  5. That was a nice track. Thanks much for passing it along.

  6. Mediocre....but I'm not hatin.

  7. I gotta disagree... Go check out the other tracks on her myspace... stuff is fire! I am patiently waitin on the album