The Story of Prolific Singer- Songwriter Susan Ladd


The Life and Story of a Faithful Servant of the Lord

Susan Ladd’s Biography

The Early Years

This dynamic woman was born in Bristol Tennessee, growing up in quite a musical family, her cousin being the late Country Music and television legend Tennessee Ernie Ford. An accomplished pianist, Susan grew up playing and singing music nearly every day. By her late teens, she was appearing as a featured vocalist with Charlie Goodwin's Big Band at the Bristol Country Club.


Today, Susan continues to write and arrange music.

Susan went on to be a popular featured vocalist with several big bands, playing such impressive venues like Hotel Del Coronado, Hobart Arena, Governor Don Sundquist's Inaugural Ball at Opryland Hotel, and the Islandia Resort Hotel. She has toured the world with many major artists including Tennessee Ernie Ford, Roy Acuff, Barbara Mandrell, Conway Twitty, Faron Young, Tammy Wynette, and George Benson.

She toured as a solo artist in Asia, specifically in Okinawa, Tokyo, and Taipei. Susan also performed for royalty and dignitaries around the world. She spent two years as lead and backup vocals while touring with country music legend Bill Anderson Show.

Susan is no stranger to television appearing on Hee haw, Pop Goes the Country, Mike Douglas Show, and hosting a weekly Variety show on WCYB/NBC.

​​As a songwriter, she is an accomplished arranger, has been nominated for a Clio Award, and was signed by Buddy Killen as a staff songwriter for the famed Nashville, TN-based publishing house Tree International. She has had songs recorded in several different genres, including gospel, country, pop, and big band. Susan also has the distinction of having a multimedia presentation featuring her body of work in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

In 2014, Susan began broadcasting a pre-recorded radio show called Some Through The Fire on WKQA Radio in Norfolk Virginia. Still running strong today, Susan spreads the Holy Scripture and her Christian faith around the world through the station, as well as a popular podcast on Facebook, YouTube, and other social media.

​Today, Susan continues to write and arrange music. Aside from being the owner of Bristol Girl Music, she also currently has several business ventures. Susan also performs with her 17-piece band—Susan Ladd & Big Band Ballroom where she arranges her own orchestration. Susan is a lifetime member of the local union and is a big supporter of hiring all AFM musicians.

The world of Susan Ladd keeps evolving, you never know what's waiting in the future for this talented lady; all we do know is whatever it is will be done with class!

More About Susan Ladd

Susan isn’t just a talented performer. Encouraged by her family, she pursued a career in modeling. Because of Susan’s striking beauty, she soon caught the eye of several top modeling agencies. She initially joined The Jay Talent Agency in Dayton, OH, but she eventually found a permanent home with the renowned Mary Crosby Talent in San Diego, CA.

Susan enjoyed a string of successful campaigns for Doritos, Pepsi Cola, designer Dolph Vanderhorst, Spotland, Coca Cola, and many others. After deciding music was where her heart was, she ultimately decided to pursue her first love.



As a professional make-up artist working under the direction of renowned make-up guru Norma Gerson, Susan has worked for many television production companies and stations including:

  • American Airlines
  • DNA Productions-LA
  • Easter Seals
  • Filmhouse Broadcast Media Services
  • Flying Productions-London
  • Grand Ole Opry
  • HBO
  • Image Makers Productions
  • Jim Owens Studios
  • Nashville International Airport
  • United Methodist Church
  • WKDF
  • WSM Channel 4

Susan also worked her make-up magic for a host of stars like:

  • Brooks & Dunn
  • Buddy Killen
  • Dionne Warwick
  • Emmylou Harris
  • Freckin Brothers
  • George Jones
  • Hank Williams Jr.
  • Jim Varney
  • Johnny Cash
  • Kathy Mattea
  • Kitty Wells
  • Kris Kristofferson
  • Lorrie Morgan
  • Lyle Lovett
  • Mark Collie
  • Ricky Van Shelton
  • Rocko The Clown
  • Rod Steiger
  • Tracy Byrd
  • Trisha Yearwood
  • Twyla Tharp
  • Vince Gill
  • Waylon Jennings
  • Willie Nelson

Owner of Bristol Girl Music/BMI music publishing company, Susan Ladd houses mostly her own material which includes myriads of recorded and released material, Clio nominated commercial jingles and Country Music Hall of Fame Multi- Media presentations.

As a songwriter, Susan has had her music recorded by Country, Gospel, Pop and Big Band artists for many years. She also spent 2 years as a staff songwriter for the late Buddy Killen at famed Sony/ATV/Tree International in Nashville, Tennessee

Currently Susan continues her writing and is performing her own Orchestral arrangements with her Big Band Ballroom around the country. If your interested in hearing some of Susan's songs, drop us an email!


Susan Ladd and the Big Band Ballroom

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