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BED|STÜ Real People: Suzanne Santo

We caught up with Austin-based artist Suzanne Santo while she was in Nashville!

Austin-based singer/songwriter Suzanne Santo wearing a tan romper

BED|STÜ: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into music.

SUZANNE: I've been singing for as long as I could talk. I played violin and piano as a youngster and was actually pretty astonished when I realized in my early 20's that this could be my actual job! After working as an actress for a while, I found an immense amount of fulfillment in making and performing my own music. It was a rewarding departure from film and tv, as it gave me agency over creating my own work instead of waiting by the phone to see if I got the part or not.

Singer/songwriter Suzanne Santo wearing Bed|Stü's NANDI handmade leather boot on stage.>
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BED|STÜ: You seem to have a busy tour schedule. Do you get much downtime? If so, what do you like to do to decompress?

SUZANNE: It's weird, I'm busy in a way that I haven't been for a long time. Instead of living on the road for months at a time, I am on and off the road for a week or so at a time so I'm not away from my family for too long. I love it. When I'm overwhelmed the best thing to get me grounded is to pick up a book and read for 20 minutes or take myself on a long walk and listen to a podcast.

Singer/songwriter Suzanna Santo wearing Bed|Stü's NANDI handmade leather boot on stage.

BED|STÜ: You recently got hitched. Tell us all the deets: Who is he? How did you meet? Is he in the music industry as well? Also, CONGRATS!

SUZANNE: Thank you! Yes, I did in fact make a sacred vow and marry my soul mate this summer! His name is Nic Pizzolatto and he's a mega stud, genius, king, bad ass, kind-hearted, beautiful soul. It's honestly too good of a story to try to fit into a few sentences, but it was a life-altering love-at-first-sight moment. From then on, it became a responsibility to answer the call for great love, something I wasn't sure I would ever get to experience. Nic is an extraordinary man who I feel so lucky to call my husband and best friend. No, he is not in the music business. He is a brilliant writer, director, and showrunner. He created True Detective on HBO, has published several novels, and continues to impress the hell out of me and many others with his innate gift of storytelling. #swoon

Singer/songwriter Suzanne Santo wearing Bed|Stü's NANDI handmade leather boot in Nashville.

BED|STÜ: Do you have a dream duo/artist to perform/write music with?

SUZANNE: I've got a few! Kendrick Lamar, Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Greenwood and Andrew Bird to name a few.

BED|STÜ: We saw you covered a Roy Orbison song for the show, Sprung. How cool was that?!?

SUZANNE: That was really great. I had done music in the past for Greg Garcia's show "The Guest Book" and it was really fun to work with them again.

Suzanne Santo  wearing Bed|Stü's NANDI handmade leather boot at her soundcheck in Murfeesboro, Tn

BED|STÜ: What’s one of your favorite moments in your career (experience, performance, anything!)?

SUZANNE: Oh gosh, I've got so many! I got to sing for Joni Mitchell at a tribute concert once and that was pretty epic.

BED|STÜ: What’s your favorite BED|STÜ style on stage?

SUZANNE: Honestly, the NANDI is perfect for performing. They're so freakin' comfortable! Truth be told, I don't have the best feet anatomically, so it's nice to wear shoes that look cool and don't cause me pain. I have the NANDI in two colors and love it!

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