“To me, music is still performing...just from the other side. I make people "see" the music...”
— Susan Rose
Susan is no stranger to the music business. Making her debut appearance on stage at the age of 14, little did she know that not only was this opening up her career path of being a country music singer, but would eventually lead her to a successful career as a lighting designer and programmer.
Being true to the Gemini description, this 5’2” red headed, blue eyed songstress had this other side to her that continued to grow over the years. Susan’s love for entertainment combined with her natural technical curiosity led her to learn more about the “other side” of show production. She graduated from Full Sail University” (and was recently inducted into their Hall Of Fame), where she learned the technical side of the business. This education opened doors to an alternate career path that has led her to be a successful lighting designer/director/programmer, touring with various major artists such as Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band (19 years ), Louise Mandrell, John Berry, Hank Willliams Jr, currently touring with Melissa Etheridge ( 2021-present) and many others, as well as working on numerous television shows, (Stellar Awards, Dove Awards, Trumpet Awards, Freddy Awards, Kansas DVD, numerous TV specials,etc) theme parks, (Disney, Dollywood, Sea World, Nickelodeon, etc),numerous ship, theatres and concerts. This little gal has made a mark in a male industry, making her name very well known in the lighting field. Her self penned “Whole Hog Quick Reference Guide” has become an industry standard globally in teaching console programming. Her musical background allows her to naturally “feel” the music, therefore making people “see” the music. She always says it is like performing, just from the other side.
Though she has a passion for lighting, the music is still in her blood and will never die out. Her dream is to take her experiences from the past 26 years and express them to you in her music. We hope you enjoy!