May 14, 2021
Sue Ennis is an
internationally-recognized songwriter. Best known for co-writing more than
70 songs with Ann and Nancy
Wilson of the platinum-selling rock band Heart, Sue has more
than 35 million records sold, including 10 gold, 4 platinum, 1
triple platinum and 1 quintuple platinum album. Sue recently
co-wrote and performed on Nancy Wilson’s first solo album, You and
Me, which was released last Friday. She also teaches
songwriting workshops and her “Craft of Songwriting” class sells
out every quarter at Shoreline Community college.
What you will learn:
- How she met Ann and Nancy
Wilson as a teen, and how that friendship blossomed into a
decades-long songwriting collaboration.
- What it was like writing songs
in the early days with Ann and Nancy, and how they have been able
to maintain that same rapport and collaborative spirit for so
- How Sue collaborated with Nancy
Wilson on Nancy’s first solo album, You and Me, which was written
and recorded during the pandemic, and released in May of
- How Sue and Nancy collaborated
to write and record the title track,
You and Me, for Nancy’s first solo album.
- Why Sue chose not to pursue a
career as a live performer.
- What she learned early in her
career about copyright and publishing in the music
- What Sue thought of the grunge
scene in Seattle in the late 80s, why she was not initially
impressed and didn't understand the appeal of Mother Love Bone when
the band was first starting out, and why she has profound respect
for Kelly Curtis who managed Mother Love Bone and later Pearl Jam
after Anthony Wood passed away.
- The origin story of the
a band Sue formed with Ann and Nancy Wilson in the mid
- How music royalties are divided
between songwriters, performers, and publishers.
- What it was like touring with
- How Sue met Bryan’s Dad, Greg
Smith, when Greg was Heart’s tour pilot. Sue also tells the story
of an adventure with Greg in Germany, which involved landing a
plane at a closed airport on a dark runway.
- How songwriting is both a craft
that can be taught/learned, and an art with an element of magic
that perhaps can’t be taught/learned.
- What it was like receiving a
limited edition, signature Nancy Wilson Martin Guitar in the mail,
as a gift from Nancy.
- Sue’s advice for Bryan about
how to finish a song he wrote in high school but never