At just 20 years old, Ava Suppelsa has had a career that rivals songwriters twice her age. Hailing from Evanston, Illinois, her writing captures a diverse sound between country and pop. Ava’s influences draw from more than just the current country genre, fusing it with folk, pop and event hints of jazz. “I grew up in a house that put Johnny Cash and Frank Sinatra in the same playlist,” she says, which she attributes to her unique sound.
Despite her young age, Ava has made a name for herself in music scenes across the country, and most recently, in Nashville. First penning songs at age 12, her knack for songwriting was recognized early on. At 16 years old, she was accepted into the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy boarding school to study in their Singer/Songwriter major. Already laser focused on a music career as a junior in high school, she moved away from home to study in their intensive program.
Her songwriting has been recognized on the national and international level, starting by being selected as a National Endowment for the Arts YoungArts Winner at just 17 years old. Out of 11,000 applicants, Ava was one of 6 selected songwriters and studied under the likes of Chris Young, Josh Groban, Livingston Taylor and more. Since then, she’s received recognition from the International Songwriting Competition, Music City SongStar Competition and more, and was chosen to study in the Johnny Mercer Songwriting Project under legendary writers Lari White, Stephen Bray and Craig Carnelia.
Ava was accepted into the #1 commercial music college in the world, Berklee College of Music, and studied as a Songwriting and Music Business double major for two years before making the move to Nashville to pursue music full time.
Without even a year in Music City under her belt and still under the legal drinking age, she has graced the stages of legendary songwriter venues, like the Bluebird Cafe, the Listening Room Cafe and more. She has had songs cut by Austin Burke, Christina Taylor and Jesse Labelle and can be found writing daily and playing writers rounds around Nashville.