LIL SUZY'S TIMELINE BIOGRAPHY: The newly married Suzanne Casale Melone (aka Lil Suzy) was born on March 1st, 1979 in Brooklyn, New York. Her career began at the very young age of five when an agent spotted her performing at Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn, where she performed cover hits of superstars such as Madonna, Tina Turner and Cyndi Lauper. Soon after, she was being booked to perform at various New York nightspots, including the infamous Studio 54 where she rocked the crowds at that tender age.
1987: She was signed to her very first record contract at age eight and even performed on "Star Search" in. For her to be a part of that show was a great accomplishment for such a young and talented little lady. Her first single entitled "Randy" was released during that time by Fever Records and she went on to perform at various events with other popular freestyle legends such as The Cover Girls, Judy Torres and Cynthia. Eight-year-old Lil Suzy even performed at the album release party of The Cover Girls debut album at the popular New York City Night Club 1018.
1991-1992: At the age of 12, her very first album "Love Can't Wait" was released. She had her very first hit single "Take me in your Arms" at the age of 13, which became a huge Freestyle dance hit. The single was her first to go gold and reached ..1 on Billboards Dance chart. The song was also the first song that Lil Suzy filmed a music video to. Although the title track "Love Can't Wait" (which was recorded a year before "Take Me") was only a B side to her first hit, the song also became very popular. The track "Falling In Love" was released as a cassette single in Germany in October of that year. Suzy also received an award for "Best New Dance Artist of 1992". That year will always be the year Lil Suzy got her first taste of success.
1993: Lil Suzy released a remake cover version of Vickie Sue Robinson's classic disco song "Turn the Beat Around" and released a music video for the single. After her follow up album, "Back to Dance" was released, Suzy and her parents decided that they take control of her career and not renew the contract with her producers at that time. They opened Empress Records, a company in which Suzy became the youngest president of a record label in the music business ever!
1994-1995: Suzy released her single "Promise Me" in which climbed onto the Billboards Hot 100. In April of 1995 she released her third album under the freedom of her own record label. The album was entitled "Life Goes On" and she then released the single "Now and Forever". In December of 1995 she released a eurodance track single called "When I Fall in Love". The single was accompanied by her third music video. This popular song received heavy radio rotation and was different than anything Suzy had recorded previously. Suzy also performed on the nationwide talk show Jenny Jones while continuing her studies at a local High School in Staten Island, New York.
1996-1997: These years brought more dance hits from Lil Suzy, hits which she continued to perform at popular nightclubs throughout the the U.S. and Canada. She released "Just Can't Get Over You" in November of '96 which featured a eurodance track B-side entitled "Lies". Suzy co-wrote the funky "tango" inspired dance track "Can't get you out of my mind ", which was released in the summer of '97 and became a big club hit. With lyrics like "....you think you can handle my body....", her music was now more mature and dancier than ever.
1997-1998: The "Paradise" album was released in August of 1997 and was not the "Lil" Suzy everyone expected. With this album she entered a new direction and co-wrote two tracks. With songs like "Do you want to ride ", she was showing the world that she was no longer a little girl but was now a young woman. One of the tracks off the album entitled "Love Letter Lost" was co-written and co-produced by dance artist Crystal Waters. The tracks on the album were also of various dance genres. From Freestyle to house, to eurodance to funky rhythms, this marked Lil Suzy's best work to date. The single "Memories", was a freestyle cover of Netzwerks big hit and was released in 1997. In 1998, the pop track "I Still Love You", the third single off "Paradise" was released.
1999: "You're the Only One" was released in November as a single to promote her fifth album "Lil Suzy:The Megamix" also released at that time. The megamix album served as her first greatest hits collection and was also released during November. It included various continuous remixes of her biggest hits as well as a newly recorded version of her classic "Take me in your arms".
2000: Suzanne opened a nail and hair salon in Staten Island, NY called "Lil Suzy's Pretty Hands and Feet" Nail and Hair Salon. Also that year, Suzanne recorded various tracks such as "Treat Me Right" , which went on to become a Canadian dance hit and received heavy radio play on Z103.5 in Toronto. That came as no surprise, being that Lil Suzy has a wide fan base in Canada as well as in Germany and the U.S.
2001: In January of 2001, Lil Suzy's Paradise.com was launched as a tribute fan site to Lil Suzy while she was preparing her greatest hits for release. The site became a hit with her long-time fans.
2001: Suzanne released a promo of the provocatively titled "From the Inside", which was heard on KTU Radio in NY. This great song had a totally different sound than anything that Suzanne has ever released and was distributed under her real name of Suzanne Casale. Unfortunately, this very hot "underground" club track was not released as a single. The song was supposed to have been released in October of 2001 by Empire/BMG who bought the track for release but just sat on it. Suzy then recorded the song "Just A Freak", which featured fellow artist Stephanie. The track was set for release by 24/7 Records, which then filed for bankruptcy, leaving "Just A Freak" unreleased as well.
2002: Suzanne released "Lil Suzy: The Greatest Hits" in January, which included all of her greatest hits, including three hot new tracks which she co-wrote. Also, that year Suzanne recorded "Still I Cry", which was featured on a "EuroFreestyle" compilation CD, and "You'll See". The songs were co-produced by Canadian artist/producer Elissa who previously worked with Suzanne on "Treat Me Right".
2002-2003: A single was released in Germany in April 2002 entitled "Dont You Want Me", which was a duet with fellow artist Collage. The song was a cover version of the original 1982 classic originally performed by The Human League. That year, Suzy was also interviewed for the "Kings and Queens of Freestyle" Video which would go on to be released on DVD in 2003.
2003: The end of 2003 brought Suzanne much happiness in which she became engaged to be married to her long time boyfriend Marc Melone.
2004: SPG Music Canada re-released "Lil Suzy: The Greatest Hits" in Canada, which featured new 2004 club remixes of "Take Me In Your Arms" and "You're The Only One". Also that year, Suzanne toured the the country with fellow artists Angel and Lisette Melendez under the group name of "S.A.L." (Suzanne,Angel,Lisette)Together they toured the country in a show which featured all of their classic dance hits. That year Suzanne wrote the lyrics to "I'm In Love" and met her newest producer, Rick Savage, who produced the dance track along with the trancey track "Walls of Love".
2005: Suzanne married her longtime love, Marc Melone.
In the past, Lil Suzy has also appeared on TV interviews on CNN and Eyewitness News in New York as well as being named one of the "Top 25 under 25" musical acts in the country by 16 Magazine. She has also showed interest in pursuing an acting career (She once auditioned for the popular Broadway musical "Rent"). Outside of the music arena, Suzanne has also become a registered medical assistant while continuing to tour the country and doing what she loves...performing for her fans. In 2009, Lil Suzy released her current single is called "Dance Tonight."
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