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 everyday. By her late teens she was appearing as a featured vocalist with Charlie Goodwin's Big Band at the Bristol Country Club. Not only was Susan a talented performer, her family encouraged her to pursue a career in modeling because of her striking beauty. She caught the eye of several top modeling agencies first choosing The Jay Talent Agency in Dayton Ohio, but eventually finding a permanent home with the renowned Mary Crosby Talent of San Diego, CA. She enjoyed a string of successful campaigns for Doritos, Pepsi Cola, designer Dolph Vanderhorst and Coca Cola, but decided music was where her heart was and ultimately decided to pursue her first love.
Susan went on to be a popular featured vocalist with several big bands, playing such impressive venues as Hotel Del Coronado, Hobart Arena, Governor Don Sundquist's Inaugural Ball at Opryland Hotel, and the Islandia Resort Hotel. Susan has toured the world with many major artists including Tennessee Ernie Ford, Roy Acuff, Barbara Mandrell, Conway Twitty, Faron Young, Tammy Wynette, George Benson to mention a few. She has toured as a solo artist to the Orient (Okinawa, Tokyo & Taipai) and has performed for royalty and dignitaries around the world. She spent 2 years as lead and back-up vocals touring with the 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 Songwriter she is an accomplished arranger, has been nominated for a Clio Award, and was signed by Buddy Killen as a Staff Writer for famed Nashville Publishing House Tree International. She's had songs recorded in several different genres from Gospel to Country.
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, Facebook, YouTube and other social media.
Susan continues writing and arranging music, currently she has several business ventures in process and is performing with her own 17 Piece band as Susan Ladd & Big Band Ballroom. She arranges her own orchestration and her arrangement book is well sought after. 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!
"and you shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free" John 8:32