S. J. Tucker is a feisty & whimsical singer-songwriter and advocate for creativity, based in Arkansas. When not traveling the continent to perform for this 15th consecutive year, she lives on the site of a former summer camp with her husband (a wizard), three different sizes of cat (smallest to largest: Pooshka, Minko, and Gawain), and hundreds of fireflies.
“Without our songs and stories, we are nothing.” S. J. Tucker has been the glad captain of her own independent music career since 2004, when she left the workaday world behind to travel the continent, singing songs and changing lives. Named a vanguard of the Mythpunk movement and even “the face of neo-tribal Paganism” by Witches & Pagans Magazine, Tucker is the voice of lore at the campfire and the sharp laughter of modern myth. With one hand anchored in her art and the other held out to you, she is songs and stories, community and wit.
With over ten albums released to date and several more currently in the works, Tucker has received songwriting awards and has traveled the United States, Canada, and Europe with her music. S. J. (called “Sooj” by fans and friends) believes that there’s more than one way to be a rock star. If you’re chasing your dreams and living your life in a way that keeps you happy and healthy, Sooj believes you’ve got it made. You may often find her on tour with similarly hard-working artists and groups who believe in giving their fans all that they’ve got, such as Toronto’s Heather Dale Band, Seattle cellist Betsy Tinney (often with their shared project, Tricky Pixie), or Pride rockers Big Bad Gina.
A dynamic live performer known for her willingness to follow an evocative ballad with a tune about ninjas or pirates, Tucker is never in danger of taking herself too seriously. She lets it be plain on stage that she loves her job, but she also shows grace and calm, courting and cajoling her audience. Reviewers compare her voice to that of Joni Mitchell or Tori Amos, her guitar work to that of Emily Saliers. Apart from writing lyrics and music, S. J. loves fire dancing with poi and hula hoop and has given fire performances & workshops across the country. Additionally, she has worked as a professional audiobook narrator and an indie film score composer.
In 2014, S. J. celebrated ten solid and joyful years of touring and performing. Last year, she released a new album called Stolen Season, which explores her Mississippi Delta jazz and blues roots more than ever before. On her plate for 2016 are such treasures as a new illustrated book based on her Wendy & Peter Pan songs (with an album to follow), a myths-and-literature-inspired song collection called Stormchaser, a video game soundtrack, a long-awaited follow-up to her spiritually focused Blessings album, collaboration on Heather Dale’s Arthurian stage musical Queens of Avalon, and of course, The Green Album.
Sooj recently rounded out a 52-week challenge to write one new song every week- the first creative commitment of its kind that she’s ever undertaken, and so she’ll be spending more time in the studio than ever before in the coming months to capture these new morsels! In addition, her rambling concert schedule for 2016 includes shows in fifteen different US states. Sooj hopes to keep successfully straddling the line between touring enough, and touring too much.