Susan Chatman is excited to be a founder of Third Coast Music with the goal of bringing new and various music opportunities to the great city of Chicago.
Ms. Chatman grew up in Chicago’s south side neighborhood of Chatham heading to Los Angeles after receiving her B.M. in Violin Performance at the Chicago Music College in Roosevelt University while taking music business classes at Columbia College.
Ms. Chatman has 30+ years of experience on the scoring stages, recording studios and live venues in Los Angeles as a performer, contractor, coordinator and music director.
She has worked on 100’s of records, TV & Film Productions.  Her credits include American Idol, The Grammys, American Music Awards, BET Awards, NAACP Awards and the 94th Annual Academy Awards.  She has played 20+ years in theatre including productions of Les Miserable, The Lion King, Porgy and Bess, Wicked, West Side Story, The Color Purple, Motown, Phantom of the Opera, Ain’t to Proud and Hamilton.  She has played in the string sections and contracted for all genres of artists including Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Faith Hill, Snoop Dogg, Adele, Dave Matthews Band, Yolanda Adams and many many more.
Ms. Chatman has performed at all the major live venues in Los Angeles and has subbed with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra for the past 15 years, performing for such greats as Aretha Franklin and Natalie Cole.  She was honored to have been a part of the 1st all African-American orchestra to perform at the Hollywood Bowl’s 100th anniversary for Juneteenth, 2022.
“With technology, we are ever evolving in the way we market, sell and create music.  What is constant is infrastructure needed to make this music….
We want Chicago artists and musicians to flourish under the infrastructure that Third Coast Music wants to build.   A state of the art Scoring Stage will attract major productions to record their music in Chicago.  Our nonprofit status will allow us to fund educational and community programs to be hosted at the Scoring Stage.   We will be able to offer opportunities to students, musicians, local artists and promote the music culture within Chicago’s communities, unlike any other infrastructure in the city.”