10. Susan Cadogan
Susan Cadogan first hit the airwaves in the early 70s and has never stopped making music. Her voice is like cotton candy or a glass of brandy, singing soulful reggae music perfect for summertime. 'This quality led famed reggae producer Lee "Scratch" Perry to produce her fabulous first album "Hurt So Good" at his Black Ark Studio, with his band the Upsetters backing her up. The titular track from that Trojan Records album went straight to the top 10 upon its release and remains a staple in both reggae and pop music. These days, she's still a working musician who splits her time between England, Jamaica, and Florida, where she works part-time as a librarian. She spoke to our panel (Miles Rozatti, Jaysen Lee Peters and yours truly) fresh off a UK tour. We had a pleasant chat about her beginnings, family, "sophisticated reggae," how performing live gives her superpowers, and her latest album as of this interview, "The Girl Who Cried."
"Hurt So Good," the hit that made her a sensation:
Another gem from the "Hurt So Good" album, "If You Need Me."
From "The Girl Who Cried" (2019), a lovely rocksteady tune, "I Don't Want Anybody But You."