Country singer Susan Cowan first launched her career under the name Susan Silver, a moniker given to her by a producer. Later, with the producer long-faded from the picture and dissatisfied with the stage name, she opted to perform once again, this time under the name Cowan. Still later, she took her husband's name when they married and began performing as Susan Ruiz.
Her birth name is Susan Elaine Ronson. She comes from a long line of musical performers and began singing at the age of three. When she was ten, she left Ontario for Nova Scotia, where she remained for a half-dozen years. The family then relocated to Utah, where she began formal lessons with voice coach William Stoker, who had worked with such stars as Shirley Temple, Merv Griffin, and Johnny Mathis. A number of competition wins followed for Cowan, and she later sang with the state's symphony, the first artist from the genre of country to do so. When she relocated to Nashville, she landed a record deal with Country Crazy Records before a month had passed. The indie release Read My Lips was put out under the name Susan Silver and features an appearance by country star Waylon Jennings. Her career stalled a bit, however, when the producer folded due to bankruptcy, but the CD received airplay in parts of North America and Europe.