The Grand Magoozi

The Grand Magoozi is the alter-ego of Melbourne singer and songwriter Susie Scurry. Occupying the stage in a dreamy world, her songs deliver tenderness and subtle wit in equal measure whilst she sings about love lost, a modern world gone awry and Paul Newman.

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The Grand Magoozi is the alter-ego of Melbourne singer and songwriter Susie Scurry.
Occupying the stage in a dreamy world, her songs deliver tenderness and subtle wit in equal measure whilst she sings about love lost, a modern world gone awry and Paul Newman.

The Grand Magoozi’s self-titled EP was recorded live over three days with Australian music luminary Nick Huggins. After meticulously placing vintage microphones across his living room, Huggins managed to capture the simple and heartfelt sound of The Grand Magoozi in eight original compositions. The Grand Magoozi is the first artist to be signed to Little Lake, the label founded by Huggins and Seagull frontman Chris Bolton.

Scurry began playing classical piano at a young age, where she developed a profound love of melody and mood. Her family’s sizeable collection of world, folk, soul and country music was also a founding influence on the particular taste and style evident in Magoozi.

In her early 20s, Scurry worked behind the bar at the Lomond Hotel in East Brunswick, where she was exposed to various barflies and local legends, and developed an obsession with old-time and country, which is an evident influence in The Grand Magoozi’s style.

Scurry has also played and sung for various Melbourne artists and bands which led her to meet and work with the collective of like-minded musicians that now play with The Grand Magoozi, including bass player Glen Walton, Jonny Wilson on fiddle and acclaimed songwriter Tobias Hengeveld (The Daylight Express/All the Lines are Down).

The first single of The Grand Magoozi’s debut EP, Pinkie Blues, is out now. The Grand Magoozi will release her debut EP on 24 March at The Toff in Town in Melbourne, followed by a tour of the East Coast of Australia with a collective of talented musicians.