Suzanne Prentice, OBE, is one of New Zealand’s best loved entertainers.
She is known for her songs of diamond sophistication, ballads with warmth and depth, towering show tunes, irresistible pop, modern blues and artfully chosen country selections.
Suzanne personalises and enthralls with almost any style of music, and her voice is unique, famously mellow yet capable of rare power.
She has performed alongside world stars including Roy Orbison, the Beach Boys, Emmylou Harris, Stephen Grappelli, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers as well as Britain’s Michael Barrymore and Morecombe and Wise.
She has performed all over the world, including at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry and London’s Wembley stadium.
Her career began at the age of 12, when she first appeared on television in a talent show called New Faces on which she sang her much loved song ‘Funny Face’.
A few months later, her debut album went gold and she went on to perform in the television show The Entertainers and won top honours with ‘Love is like a Butterfly’.
Her recording career has included a series of gold, platinum and multi-platinum successes.
In 1997 Suzanne’s handprints and name were placed in concrete in the “Hands of Fame” in Tamworth, Australia. She also features in the New Zealand equivalent.
She was voted the 1986 New Zealand Entertainer of the Year, and has been the recipient of three Australian Gold Guitar Awards.
She tours internationally and has worked in television, theatre and cabaret for more than 40 years.
She has also been awarded an Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday honours for her services to music.