Homegrown singer to visit Bundy
A HOME-GROWN singing sensation who has enjoyed success around the world will return to Bundaberg next weekend to perform with a group who helped start her career.
Suellen Cusack, who went to school in Bundaberg and performed with Bundaberg Youth Choir and Orpheus Singers, said she was excited to come back for the Orpheus concert, Celtic Dreaming.
"It's always nice to perform in Bundaberg," she said.
Ms Cusack, 28, said her love of music started with guitar lessons with Bundaberg teacher John Homer.
"I then learnt vocals with Margreta Elkins, the biggest mezzo soprano to come out of Australia, who has sung with the likes of Joan Sutherland and Pavarotti," she said.
Ms Cusack started studying at the Queensland Conservatorium in 2008 and, since then, has lit up the stage in New York and Toronto performing Scotland the Brave.
"I performed on Broadway at the Lincoln Centre," she said.
"That is the pinnacle of a lot of singers' careers and it was my first performance overseas," she said.
"We received a standing ovation and it was just amazing."
Ms Cusack has also performed with a number of talented Australian performers, including tenor Gregory Moore.
"I featured on his live DVD and CD, which is called An Intimate Evening with Gregory Moore," she said.
The next step for Ms Cusack is the release of her own CD early next year.
Bundaberg Orpheus Singers publicity officer Rob Evans said they were "delighted" to have Ms Cusack perform in Celtic Dreaming.
"She has moved to such heights it's magnificent," he said.
"It says something about the talent we have here in Bundaberg."
Mr Evans said the singer was an example for the youth of Bundaberg, who should "never think living in Bundaberg is a disadvantage".
Celtic Dreaming will be performed next Saturday at 7.30pm and Sunday at 2pm in Bundaberg Uniting Church.
Tickets are available from 'Bout Time Music and Nielson's Music Store.