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Oh Susannah!: News

Oh Susannah's TV Show - December 13, 2012

My student produced show is finally ready to air!  Check it out on Montgomery County Cable TV channel 19 at 9am on Tuesday December 18, 2012.  Let me know how you like it!  I'm taking pre-orders for a DVD which will be manufactured soon.

New Show Time Jammin' Java - December 13, 2012

Hey Jammin' Java Fans!  My show is changing times as of January 3, 2013.  It is still on Thursdays, but will start at noon.  I know this will affect some younger fans who may have early afternoon naptimes.  If it's not possible to try the lunch time, you can check me out at the Chick-Fil-A in Fair Oaks Mall on Monday mornings from 11-noon.  It's a much smaller venue, so come early for a good seat!

School Library Journal Review - September 1, 2011

Singer-songwriter Susan Berg McNelis, better known as Oh Susannah, brings new life to old favorites on this lively recording. From the pulsating rhythms of her"Wheels on the Bus" and "If you're Happy and You Know It", to the rock and roll style "Rock-a-bye Baby", these are songs that the whole family can enjoy anew. The juxtaposition of old and new is often clever, as in "Oh My Dinos", which borrows its tune from "Clementine" ( "In a cavern, in a canyon/ a paleontologist collects/fossil bones or stegosaurus/and Tyrannosaurus Rex.")   There are a few completely original tunes as well, including the title track, and "All Fall Down", a lovely ballad...  Children's librarians will be delighted to find these new versions of storytime favorites.  A fun recording for the whole family.

New Venue in Frederick County - April 21, 2011

I'm happy to be playing the first Wednesday of each month at Beans in the Belfry.  Now moms in Frederick & Eastern Loudon County will have one more place for live children's music!

Oh Susannah's TV Show! - February 18, 2010

I'm so excited about filming an hour-long children's music show for Montgomery County Cable TV. You'll be able to see it on the schedule and also on demand. I'll be releasing it as a DVD in 2013!

New Venues for Fall! - August 26, 2009

Great news for Montgomery County and Washington DC fans...I'm beginning regular shows at Ebenezers Coffeehouse in NE Washington DC on Capitol Hill. The Ebenezers gigs will be on the 3rd Friday of each month at 10:30am. Fee is $5 for kids, adults are free! They have a large and beautiful downstairs room which is set up for some great music. Can't wait to see you all!

Oh Susannah Up For Auction! - September 25, 2007

You can bid on an Oh Susannah musical special event at a silent auction on October 4, 2007 at the Border Cafe in Centreville VA from 7-9pm. Funds will benefit research into liver disease which struck 2-yr-old Josephine, a little friend of mine. Visit for more info.

Oh Susannah Nominated for WAMA Awards! - January 2, 2007

Oh Susannah has just been nominated for two awards in the categories "Best Children's Artist" and "Best Children's Recording" by the members of the Washington Area Musicians Association.

Oh Susannah Voted Best for Families - July 28, 2006

Readers of Family Magazine have voted Oh Susannah Best for Families in the children's entertainer category.

Oh Susannah Receives Parenting Media Award - December 1, 2004

The popular Washington DC performer, Oh Susannah (singer/songwriter Susan McNelis), has received an iParenting Media Award in the children's audio category for her second album, Sing-Song: Music for Children and Families. "iParenting Media, the leading producer of quality parenting content in magazines, newspapers, radio and Internet presents the winners of the Hottest Products for 2004.  A vast array of products was submitted for consideration...We are honoring products that exceeded our award-winning standards as evaluated by a diversified panel of qualified reviewers."

Move your feet to the beat!  Familiar favorites and clever original tunes including "The Cats Go Marching," which won an international song-writing award for McNelis in 2003, a reggae-flavored version of "If You're Happy and You Know It," a California surfin' style "Swim, Baby Dolphin," a prehistoric waltz called "Oh My Dinos," and many other fun melodies for dancing and singing together. Available online at, and others.

Oh Susannah wins an international songwriting award in Hollywood! - December 1, 2003

The Washington D.C. area's favorite children's entertainer, Oh Susannah (singer/songwriter Susan McNelis), has just won the Second Place Award at the Just Plain Folks Music Awards in the Best Children's Song category for "The Cats Go Marching" from her release "Sing-Song: Music for Children and Families". The prestigious Just Plain Folks 2002 Music Awards were presented in Hollywood on March 1, 2003. Just Plain Folks is now the largest music organization in the world, with over 20,000 international members. 101,000 songs were entered in the competition by member songwriters and award nominees received coveted invitations to attend the ceremony. The top finalists received award certificates and took part in an L.A. studio session to record the organization's new theme song and celebrate their accomplishments. Oh Susannah also performed her song at the award showcase before an enthusiastic audience of industry professionals.

Susannah says,"As a brand new member of Just Plain Folks, I was surprised and delighted to learn that "The Cats Go Marching" had been chosen out of thousands as a nominee for Best Children's Song. When I attended the awards festivities, I was amazed by the caliber of the competition. As the Second Place Winner, I am so happy and proud to be part of this group of truly wonderful songwriters and performers. Check our Radio Free Virgin on the internet to hear all the finalists' songs - they've given Just Plain Folks a channel just for us!"

Oh Susannah Appears at Kennedy Center - September 1, 2002

The popular children's entertainer and Silver Spring resident, OH SUSANNAH (singer/songwriter/guitarist Susan McNelis), has been selected to perform two shows at the "Open House Arts Festival" at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on the afternoon of Sunday, September 10. Get on your feet and dance your way down to the Kennedy Center to experience OH SUSANNAH! She will perform on the Concert Hall Millennium Stage from 12:15-12:45 PM and on the American Film institute Stage from 3:45-4:30 PM. With traditional favorites and originals from Charleston to waltz, zydeco to tango, each song suggests a different style of dance, so there's a wonderful variety that whole families can enjoy together. Also, in response to the anxious requests of her many fans, these shows will be the debut performance of ten brand new songs. The Open House Arts Festival is free and is a great opportunity to introduce your children to the wonders the Kennedy Center has to offer.

SUSANNAH SAYS: It was a little intimidating auditioning at the Kennedy Center. There were many people in formal attire playing classical music. Then there was me dancing the tango with a life-sized puppet singing "Home on the Range". But these are the times our children will remember... when we all danced around together being silly or dramatic, when we waltzed on the tops of Daddy's feet or tangoed down the hall around the corner with Mommy or the nights we got out all the instruments, tupperware and wooden spoons in the house and played along with the music. Join me on September 10th and we'll make a few such joyous moments.

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