Sue was guest comedy writer of Laugh Lines for the National Women's Ministries of the Assemblies of God from January 2011 to May 2012. For all archives of the articles, click here: Laugh Lines
I'd just like to say that we were so excited and thrilled with the response to Sue's ministry to our women's event. It didn't end, once the "Chocolate & Chuckles" was over. I guess what impressed me most of all was Sue's intent and follow up with our ministry team and the women who made decisions for Christ that night. Whether you know it or not, there are very few traveling ministries out there who are keen in not only sharing the gospel while on stage or while they are with you, but very few who follow up with the pulse of the women once the event is over. Sue gave us incredible wisdom and guidelines on how to stay connected via social media. We can't wait to have her next year.
- Jennifer Blanton, Women's Ministry Leader
It is with great enthusiasm that I recommend Sue as a speaker, comedian or worship leader. Sue spoke at our Girls Night Out and wowed our ladies! She had us laughing till our sides were splitting. Sue's wealth of experience and spiritual maturity gave me confidence to ask her to return this year. I was at the Women of Purpose Conference (2008, Hershey) when Sue led worship. She is comfortable and relaxed leading either traditional or contemporary worship. Her enthusiasm is contagious, her voice warm and her style engaging. Sue's spiritual depth comes across in her choice of songs and her sensitivity in leading us into the presence of God.
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Years ago, Sue Duffield was a happy teen singing into her hairbrush in front of the mirror in her Penns Grove home. Today, the 56-year-old entertainer travels the world with a one-woman show that she says makes people smile – and think. After moving to Nashville two years ago, Duffield is returning home and using her musical message to benefit the Neighborhood Center in Camden.
“I grew up in SJ, and I’ve seen the incredible things the center has offered to kids in Camden,” she says.
Duffield’s concert will showcase her unique style of music and comedy. She has recorded more than 30 albums and recently completed Standard Response, a collection of old standards from the ’40s and ’50s plus some Motown tunes. She is currently on the road, sharing her day-to-day life through stand-up comedy, often billed as “Girl’s Night Out” events.
Duffield began singing when she was in high school. “That was when contemporary Christian music had just started,” she remembers. “I started singing in a lot of churches and youth events. Here I am, 37 years later, still doing the same thing, but it’s taken on so many different flavors. I started singing for the youth events and now I’m doing the senior events – but I’m still singing for the same people!”
For ten years, Duffield was a deejay at Wilmington’s WNRK-AM radio. “The years of radio really refined me and gave me what I call a ‘connection versus communication thrust,’ which makes sure I’m a connector and not just a communicator,” she says.
Before heading down the Christian music path, Duffield was approached by two record producers who wanted to sign her to their pop label. She turned them down.
“You look at someone like Taylor Swift, who has an incredible physical appearance. I just never thought that I fit the bill,” she says. “I never fell into that Hollywood kind of mindset. Going into Christian music, I was a little apprehensive to not sell-out.”
Yet Duffield says she has no regrets. She enjoys being the so-called chief cook and bottle washer – booking and appearing in her own shows. And because of the message she shares through her shows, her audiences are diverse. She has performed for NASCAR drivers and their wives before race day and inmates at a women’s prison. “I talk and listen to the pains and the pressures of what women go through in prison,” she says. “Women share the same difficulties in prison as we do on the outside, worrying about their kids who are outside the walls of the prison.”
Duffield and her husband, who also serves as her producer and arranger, have set up home in Nashville to have an impact in the musical community there. “We weren’t looking to go to Nashville for a hit song, we know the realities,” says Duffield. “But what we were looking for was an opportunity to impact young musicians here. If a musician can make a living in the Northeast for 37 years, we may have something to offer a lot of younger kids who are rising songwriters and rising producers coming up the ranks in the contemporary music realm. We are trying our best to be mentors.”
After the SJ concert this month, Duffield will travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, teaming up with the group Redeeming Roses. “I will be doing some wonderful outreach to women who have been abused and neglected and had all kinds of difficulties with human trafficking,” she says. “I remember hearing when I was a kid horrific stories, even in my town, of women being abused. Worldwide, women are still going through oppression, which is hard to believe in 2011.”
But Duffield always looks forward to coming back to SJ, the place she still calls home. She says she can’t wait to dig into some silver queen corn and Jersey tomatoes – delicacies she can’t get in Nashville – and to visit with family who still live in the Delaware Valley.
“You can take the girl out of Jersey,” Duffield quips, “but you can’t take the Jersey out of the girl!”
ENTHUSIASTIC AND RELATABLE SUE DUFFIELD!
This past Saturday, the Ramada Inn North Syracuse hosted the Central AG Section Ladies’ Brunch and Spring Rally with speaker, comedian, and singer Sue Duffield.The delicious brunch buffet was comprised of fruit salad, scrambled eggs, French toast, sausages, bacon, chicken Francaise, fried potatoes, and a build your own strawberry shortcake station which was absolutely the talk of the day. There was also coffee, tea, and chilled juices. During the brunch, ladies were able to check out little presentation booths where various women’s organizations were on display. The wait staff of the Ramada Inn was everywhere, swiftly refilling food trays and water glasses and removing plates from tables – and better still, they were capable of doing all of that while also maintaining welcoming, friendly attitudes, and delightfully refreshing interactions with the guests. The wait staff of the Ramada Inn comes highly recommended. When brunch was finished and before the speaker was introduced, there was a brief time for worship so that all could enter into the presence of the Lord and prepare themselves for what the speaker would have to say. The energetic speaker, Sue Duffield, talented in several areas, managed to liven the atmosphere even more than the cheesecake and previous chatter had done with her remarkable wit, down-to-earth personality, and beautiful voice as she proceeded to minister to the ladies through her comedy and song. She brought her husband Jeff along with her in the form of an iPod so that he could be her accompaniment, lovingly referring to him as “Jeff in a Box.” Sue’s mission for the day was to refresh, relax and rejuvenate the ladies. The theme “Thirsty? I thirst for God, the living God,” resounded in her ability to invigorate the ladies and bring them, in a novel way, closer to God’s presence. What Sue found extremely important to pass along to the ladies was that, no matter who you are, you can communicate God’s love to anyone. It’s all in your ability to relate to others. You may see an 80 year old woman sitting with a group of 20 year olds chatting it up, and she is able to do this because she can relate. If you make yourself welcoming to all, and recognize your common experiences in Christ, you can share the gospel with anyone.
EHA-Nashville, TN} The powerful, and multi-awarded duet, Jeff & Sue Duffield, will take Sue’s LOL Tour to Turning Point Assembly of God Church in Murfreesboro, TN, Oct 17, 10:30 a.m. Since the early 70s,the Duffields have been creating inspiring music. Their rich, layered compositions now span over 30 albums. Sue, with her incredible vocal ability, and Jeff, a powerful keyboardist, perform a jazz and soul influenced Gospel with their backing band that is brilliantly crafted and uplifting. The Duffields had been perfecting this worship sound for nearly a decade before it became popular. Currently, they are touring the country, both breathing new life into classic hymns and energizing audiences with original music. The LOL Tour (taken from a humorous, uplifting song Sue penned) stands for Laughing out Loud. The song typically gets the audience clapping and even sometimes line-dancing. Fan, Rhea Trosper says, “Some simply leap for joy, as the Duffield tour is a high-energizer for those who need to have their batteries recharged!” Both Jeff and Sue are also adding individual ministry appearances to their schedules. In these instances, they will be appearing separately in order to testify of their own experiences as well as delight the crowd with uplifting song. Bookings: Duffield Music
Sue is a joy to work with. She is like the best friend we women all wish we had. She cares for a woman's heart and life as she leads us in worship. Her natural easy going style, wonderful humor and precious worship skills along with her servant's heart and professional top notch skills make her a favorite with audiences and leaders and presenters. Sue isn't there to simply entertain a woman but to build her, encourage her and challenge her to live whole-heartedly for God. Sue is especially wonderful with mature Christians as well as pre-believers.
In 20 years of international ministry, I've met and worked with many worship leaders and performing artists. I can tell within a few minutes which one I'm working with. Is this person leading worship? Leading people into the presence of God and in fact, letting GOD lead? Or are they putting on a show with all the songs they've "practiced" to impress everyone? Have they come to serve or to sell a bunch of product with carefully rehearsed sales pitches? Sue is about one thing: serving God to advance His Kingdom. What a breath of fresh air! Sue and I met and we promptly threw our "plans" out the window because God was going in a different direction. Sue had enough Godly wisdom to step out in faith and let HIM lead. Another plus.... Sue is a Jersey Girl like me!
She has ministered with us at many Sandy Cove events. I know of no one else who connects with an audience better than she--everyone goes away feeling like they are her friend! Sue knows how to relate so well on a personal level to those she is ministering to throughout a conference. Musically, Sue and her husband Jeff are great! Sue's voice is beautiful and has wide appeal—and Jeff is a fabulous keyboard artist! When they lead worship for a group you can be sure that the song choice will be appropriate and in the right key for the average person!! (“Oh what a relief it is!”) Above all, theylove the Lord and desire to be a blessing to God's people.
Sue was our worship leader for the Women of Purpose Conference 2008 at Hershey, PA. It is not an easy task to lead 3,000 women of many denominations and diverse preference into the throne room of God through worship. But Sue handled it with ease. She has a balance and blend in style and gifting that bridges the gaps we often find with such large audiences. A one of a kind and we love her!