Susan Enan released her debut album ‘Plainsong’ in July 2009. In 2006, while demoing songs for the record, Enan began receiving worldwide attention after her track 'Bring On The Wonder' featuring Sarah McLachlan, appeared on the second season of the Fox show Bones. The song was also featured on the shows soundtrack two years later. It took another 6 months to wrap up the record proper which features a remix of Bring on the Wonder along with 9 other tracks.
Enan grew up in Cambridgeshire, England. After moving to Liverpool to study music, she began playing the local singer songwriter scene. It was during these years she discovered a love for film scores and the simple, yet intelligent, folk songs of Woody Guthrie.
‘What I liked about Woody Guthrie was the reason he wrote and how that informed his writing style. It had to be simple so the political songs could be easily remembered for the sake of the cause, yet the songs where also very smart. I love that combination in art: simplicity that goes right to the soul but doesn’t have to bypass the brain on the way.’
After leaving Liverpool she moved to Northern Ireland and continued to write and record a few small EP's released locally, but it was the 'Moonlight' EP (2003) which began to get more attention internationally. It led to an opening slot on a three month US tour with Ohio based band 'Over the Rhine' which in turn led to a signing with Nettwerk Management and a move to New York in 2005.
By this time, she had all the songs that would become Plainsong but finishing the record was still a way off.
‘Yeah, what with one thing and another it did take time but there were always encouraging signs along the way, like the Bones show picking up ‘Bring On The Wonder’. All those things really helped to keep going.’
The self-produced record has been recorded in 5 different countries, much of it in Enan’s small home studio in Brooklyn. It was finally released in July 2009 and features co-production from Alan Bezozi, musical appearances from Ashwin Sood (drums), Steve Schiltz (guitars), Graham Maby (bass), and vocal appearances from Declan O’Rouke and Sarah McLachlan. It was mixed in London by Alan Branch and mastered by Jon Astley.