2019 INDUCTEES >> SUSIE SCHAAF
Category: Women Who Rock
Susan "Susie" (Morrison) Schaaf was born in Shenandoah, Iowa, in May 1963. The youngest of four children, Susie started singing young, using an empty corn crib as her theater and any of her farm animals as the audience. She graduated from Shenandoah High School and traveled to Europe to sing with the Sound of America tour. She then attended college at Northwest Missouri State and later transferred to Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant Iowa.
Susie joined the Iowa Wesleyan Choir and learned to play the guitar with the help of her college friends. She joined a Sweet Adeline’s group and toured across Southeast Iowa.
Before her senior year, Susie married Grant, who she met at a county fair eight years prior. Susie and Grant lived for a brief time in Texas before returning to a farmhouse close to both parents, a short distance from Shenandoah.
Susie then immediately began entertaining audiences around the Southwest Iowa area. Countless festivals, weddings, special events, and family gatherings were opportunities for Susie to showcase her talents. She was a regular on KMA radio for Christmas music. Her favorite place to sing was the beautiful Catholic Church in Imogene, Iowa. She performed on stage for the Southwest Iowa Theater Group, but she loved to return to the stage at the Fremont County Fair and help youngsters take their first steps in front of an audience. When a scheduling conflict altered a concert in Kansas, Susie was asked to perform as part of the opening act for a Joe Diffy performance in Ottawa, Kansas. She also played on stage before President Bush spoke at the Iowa Farm Progress Show.
Susie loved to write music, and in 2003 she released an album titled For You. The album cover featured pictures of her three children, to which she passed along her love of music. Susie is recognized for her encouragement of other performers as well as her unique solo sound and entertainment talent.
Susie is being honored posthumously after losing a brave fight against cancer in 2007 at the age of 44. Her family is extremely grateful for her induction into the Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association Hall of Fame.