(a.k.a. “Mama Sue”) is a consummate artist and her gifts are truly inspiring and illuminating. She is recognized for her artistic ability and imaginative style. A graduate of the College of Santa Fe, she has a B.F.A. degree in performing arts. There seems to be no end to the talents that she possesses and those fortunate enough to hear her come away with a joyful heart and the feeling that they have been present for something beyond entertainment – it’s an experience.
This proud, energetic mother and grandmother exploded on the international scene in 2011 as one of the Top 5 Finalists on Season 4 of Sunday Best – a national gospel singing competition on B.E.T. Network. The world has come to know and love “Mama Sue”and appreciate her sweet, humble character and that special essence that she possesses to command attention and inspire both young and old alike.
A fan favorite, she was voted back on Season 8 as a Sunday Best All Star with nine other contestants. While she didn’t win either of the seasons she participated in, she says, “I didn’t win, but I WON.
That platform provided so many opportunities for me to learn from the best and share my love for Jesus. I have had a chance to witness to and encourage so many who have gravitated to what I believe is Christ’s love in me and all day any day that is winning in my opinion.”
Winning for Sue started with her earliest memory of singing standing on top of a table in her local church – to connecting with audiences all across the country as a singer, songwriter, playwright, storyteller or delivering the spoken word. She’s been playing for and directing choirs since the age of 10 years old. Her voice is incomparable and inimitable.
She was a “church girl” and grew up loving whatever was associated with ministry in her home church,
Metropolitan Temple COGIC in Albuquerque, NM under the leadership of Bishop W. C. Griffin and First Lady Freddie L. Griffin. She accepted the call of God on her life as a Missionary when she was only 11 years old which later led to her being a very young church mother during her college years in Santa Fe, NM. She helped to establish a mission there. During her years in ministry in New Mexico she met Rev. W. C. Kenan who would later serve as her Pastor in Midland, TX where she has been since 1981.
“So many things interest me…and the chance to create anything helps us to emulate the one who created us.”
In 2001, she started “Tell It…Storytelling by Sue Roseberry” and has gone on to perform at the Exchange Place during the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, the Storytelling Capital of World. The festival began in 1973 when a small group of people gathered around an old farm wagon in Courthouse Square to hear a few Appalachian tales, and other Storytelling Festivals throughout the country.
Her gift for sharing stories was recorded in a storytelling CD entitled “A Story Inside Of Me”. As President of the Board of Directors for the Midland Storytelling Festival, she continues to write and share stories while mentoring young tellers in her community through that annual event.
Sue has written more than 200 musical pieces, which range from gospel songs to children’s songs. Her compositions have been recorded by the Men of Promise on the GMWA Tampa Experience CD, Trinity, Texas Mass Choir and the COGIC Mass Choir. Presentations of some of her original songs at the National GMWA Conventions have led to her music being performed in Spain, Japan and all over the United States. She has recorded live with the COGIC National Choir as well as the Gospel Music Workshop of America Mass Choir.
In 2004 she released her initial recording “Words Just Cannot Explain”. Her sophomore recording released in 2013 “Magnificent God” paired her songwriting with the production expertise of David Blakely. It was recorded live at the GMWA Board Meeting in Dallas, Texas.
“I owe so much to the GMWA organization. They supported and nurtured the gift that I have for songwriting. The collaboration of people associated with music from start to finish is invaluable and I am forever indebted to them for what I have gained.”
Sue wrote many of the plays utilized in the Apollo Showcase, a community theatre workshop for children ages 5 to 12 years of age as well as an ensemble work entitled, “Black Women Past & Present” which focused on the life of the late Dr. Viola Coleman, the first Black physician in Midland, Texas. She has appeared on stage with celebrity artists; Karen Clark Sheard
in a musical drama, “Sex – The Silent Killer” for which she wrote three musical pieces and with Patti LaBelle in “The Heavenly Bound Train”.
Sue received rave reviews for her unforgettable community theater portrayals as Effie White in Dream Girls; Bitsy in the McLaren Festival presentation of “Midville Communty Theatre”; Bessie Delany in “Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years”, “Mahalia” in the play by the same name; and Lena Younger in the musical “Raisin” which she also directed.
Whether she is teaching and training the children’s choir at her church, reading material for the Recording Library for the blind, heading the board of directors for the Midland Storytelling Festival or serving as a Chapter Representative for the West Texas Chapter of the GMWA – she is intent on giving it her all and her energy seems limitless.
This vivacious artist continues to evolve. Currently she is working on material she has created for a children’s book, new music and other literary content.
When touring is possible, she plans to share her one-woman stage performance “S.U.E. – Simply Unique Expressions” with the world.The performance showcases her numerous talents in a biographical sketch about what has inspired her.
Clearly, this life is a journey for Sue Roseberry and she’s enjoying the trip.
Enjoy “Dont Stop”