Suzanne Vega

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": female vocalists singer-songwriter folk pop alternative 80s Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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11 July 1959, Santa Monica, California, USA. Vega is a highly literate singer-songwriter who found international success in the late 80s and early 90s. Having moved with her parents to New York City at the age of two, Vega studied dance at the High School for the Performing Arts (as featured in the Fame television series) and at Barnard College, singing her own material in New York folk clubs. Signed by A&M Records in 1984, she recorded her first album with Lenny Kaye, former guitarist with Patti Smith. From this, ‘Marlene On The Wall’, a tale of bed-sitter angst, became a hit. In 1987 ‘Luka’ grabbed even more attention with its evocation of the pain of child abuse told from the victim’s point of view. Vega’s ‘Left Of Center’ appeared on the soundtrack of the movie Pretty In Pink and she contributed lyrics for two tracks on Songs From Liquid Days by Philip Glass. On her third album, Vega collaborated with keyboards player...

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