Suzanne Prentice Profile

Michael Colonna
6 Aug 2019

While still in her teens, Suzanne Prentice became a household name in New Zealand for her powerful performances and recordings of mainstream country music. She would go on to sing at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, in Auckland before the Queen, and make hundreds of charity appearances. She transcended the country genre to become one of New Zealand’s most enduring and successful pop artists.

Suzanne Lena Prentice was born on 19 September 1958 in Invercargill to Rose and Bob Prentice. Bob played the Hawaiian guitar and could whistle; Rose sang in an English dance band during the war. 

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Suzanne Prentice, 1990s. 
Suzanne Prentice - Let Me Be The One (Music World, 1975)
Suzanne Prentice - In Concert, EMI, 1986.
Suzanne Prentice In Concert, 1986 - part one
Suzanne Prentice - Sing Me An Old Fashioned Song (Mirage / Music World, 1980)
Suzanne Prentice with her first guitar, early 1970s. 
Inaugural NZ Country Music Recording Artists Awards winners, Invercargill, 1980. Back, left to right: Les Thomas, Greg and Richard Harrison (Ovation), Maaki Goodwillie, Nola McCrorie, Cole Wilson and Colin McCrorie (The Tumbleweeds), Gray Bartlett, Eddie Low, Noel Burns, Ian Murdoch. Front, left to right: Max McCauley, Helen Harrison and Neville Tosach (Ovation), Patsy Riggir, Suzanne Prentice, Brian McCauley, Noel Parlane. Photo credit: Max McCauley collection
Photo credit: Max McCauley collection
Suzanne Prentice - Country Girl (Master, 1973)
The Harrington Ford And Associates Go New Zealand Tour in full swing, early 1985. Back, left to right, Andrew Kimber, Kevin Coleman, Bruce Morley, Sid Limbert, Paddy Long, Bob Paris. Front, left to right, Midge Marsden, Suzanne Prentice, Ritchie Pickett (at piano), Tom Sharplin, Michael Roycroft, The Yandall Sisters – Mary, Adele, Pauline.
Photo credit: Michael Roycroft collection
Suzanne Prentice (left) with Tami Neilson at the Variety Artists' Club awards night in 2010, when Neilson won female vocalist of the year.
Photo credit: Jason Fell
Suzanne Prentice In Concert, 1986 - part two
Suzanne Prentice performance - Heartland, Gore (1993)
Suzanne Prentice, a publicity still from a 1980s tour programme. 
Suzanne Prentice, from the Go New Zealand Tour programme, 1985.
Photo credit: Glen Moffatt Collection
Suzanne Prentice with her Benny Award from the Variety Artists' Club, 2016. 
Suzanne Prentice performing at the Royal Variety Performance, St James Theatre, Auckland, 1981.
Suzanne Prentice on Canadian television, aged 15.
Max McCauley and Suzanne Prentice are inducted into the Hands of Fame at the NZ Gold Guitar Awards in Gore, 1993. Photo credit: Max McCauley collection
Photo credit: Max McCauley collection
Benny statuette presented to Suzanne Prentice by Max Cryer at the 2016 Variety Artists Club of NZ.
A young Suzanne Prentice faces the press, 1970s; from a tour programme later in her career. 
Suzanne Prentice - Daddy's Waiting, Music World
Suzanne Prentice - So Precious To Me, CBS, 1983.
Suzanne Prentice - Any News, EMI, 1986.
Suzanne Prentice - Selections, RCA, 1987.
Suzanne Prentice's self-titled third album on Music World, 1975. 
Three stalwarts of New Zealand entertainment after receiving their royal honours in 1995: from left, Robin Scholes, Max Cryer, and Suzanne Prentice.
Suzanne Prentice talks to Newstalk ZB's Danny Watson, 2013
Suzanne Prentice at the Variety Artists Club Awards, 27 October 2010.
Funny Face - a four-track EP released by Suzanne Prentice on the Master label in 1973, the year she made her recording debut. 
Music World recording artist Suzanne Prentice in an early promotional photo.
Photo credit: Hoghton Hughes collection
Gentle Annie and the Gray Bartlett Band back up singer Suzanne Prentice (front) on That’s Country, late 1982. Left to right: Murray Wood, Peter Gillette, Paddy Long, Wayne Allen, Gary Sammons, Gray Bartlett, Cath Newhook, Peter Madill, Denny Stanway.
Suzanne Prentice at the Variety Artists Club Awards, 27 October 2010.
Suzanne Prentice: an early 1970s publicity portrait. 
Gold Guitar Awards in Gore, mid-1980s. Left to right, Noel Burns, Suzanne Prentice, George Hamilton IV, Oklahoma singer-songwriter Becky Hobbs, Paul Walden, Michael Roycroft. Hobbs sang a duet with Roycroft on the 1985 album Slow Burnin’.
Photo credit: Michael Roycroft collection
Suzanne Prentice In Concert, 1986 - part three
Labels:

Music World


CBS


EMI


RCA


Master