For Greg Susoreny, it’s been a long time coming. His debut as a songwriter and recording artist is the fulfillment of a genuine passion carried in his heart over several years. While his arrival in music comes after starting several businesses in other industries, he is not ending something; he’s just getting started, with the sharp contemporary country sound that defines his music, time spent listening to Greg feels like talking over beers with Kenny Chesney and Don Henley. All insight, and no hangover.
Born in Northwest Indiana and raised in Dallas, Texas, Susoreny is the epitome of a good American man. Like good American men do, after graduating from college, he went to work, but not in music. With his business degree from Indiana University School of Business, Susoreny founded a technical staffing company in Dallas, owned a general contracting company in Miami Beach, owned a small cafe in Las Colinas, Texas and started a roofing company in Colorado.
A true entrepreneur, Greg has an impeccable eye for opportunity. As he watched musicians play at his cafe, he recognized his opportunity to pursue his passion for music, and his dream to start his own record label. It wasn’t long after he started working on his songwriting that he founded Truth Records. He signed his first artist in 2003 after moving to Miami Beach, Florida.
Working with his first Truth Records artist was a good motivator for him, and as they worked on his album, Greg’s desire to write and record his own music came calling. "I’ve always been a poet. Rhymes come easy to me, and I can clearly hear the songs in my head even though I don’t play an instrument fluently. I have an Arranger’s brain and really enjoy the entire recording process." Original songs, from the heart and head, are a natural fit for Susoreny, who has always worn his heart on his sleeve and held honesty as his mantra. Being at the musical helm is also the right fit for his entrepreneurial spirit. Not only did he found Aqua Blue Records, the label on which his self titled debut album is released, but he directly managed every aspect of the creation, production, and release of the record.
Greg Susoreny’s self titled EP, has an impeccable pedigree, featuring top Nashville session musicians Jonathon Yudkin on strings/mandolin (Rascal Flatts), Danny Parks on Acoustic, Electric and Gut-String Guitars, (Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Brooks & Dunn), Jay Vern on piano/Hammond B3 (Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood), Wayne Killius on drums/percussion (Aaron Tippin, Toby Keith, Big & Rich), Jim Hyatt on Bass Guitar, Jon Vogt on Bass Guitar, Dennis Wage on Keys, B3 Organ, Wurlitzer, Curt Ryle on Acoustic Guitar, Mike Durham on Electric Guitar, Bruce Boughton on Steel Guitar, and Sara Beck on Background Vocals. This stellar group of musicians gathered with Greg not just to tell a story, but to tell his story. "I am a businessman with a tremendous amount of drive and focus, but at the same time I understand what truly matters in life. I can survive in this world with very little. I don’t do well in a structured environment; I need to be free."
Free, indeed. From his current home in Colorado, anywhere could be his next stop. As the president of his own record label and the writer of his own songs, he can set the course and take action in his music career. This freedom is not just good fortune; it is what he has earned over years of passion, imagination, and hard work. There is a lot more to come, too. "I want to write and release several more albums of my own, and build Aqua Blue Records. I want to find talented artists who have the drive and determination to become successful. It’s about both aspects for me, my own recording career and my label." That’s a lot on one plate, but his track record so far speaks for itself. Some may say he’s getting started late in the game, but the truth is he’s right on time.