DeMarchi was born in Perth, Western Australia to Walter and Shirley DeMarchi and has three older siblings; her sister Denise is as well a singer. DeMarchi began her singing career in the early 1980s when she was just 17, playing in local bands in Australia. In 1985, she moved to London, England where she was signed to EMI and had a fairly successful solo career in pop music, where she released a number of singles: “Young Hearts”, “Big Wednesday” and “Dry Your Eyes”.
During this time she dated Gavin Rossdale, former add singer and guitarist for the band Bush. Bush’s song “Comedown” from 1994’s Sixteen Stone is about their relationship.
Disheartened by the listing company’s attempt to slide her into a pop career, along with dropped working with a band, she returned to Australia in mid 1989, where she and fellow Perth musicians Frank Celenza, Eddie Parise and Dave Leslie formed the band Baby Animals. The band met with success in their native Australia, releasing two albums, touring with Van Halen, and winning various awards before permanently disbanding in 1996. This was mostly due to legal battles with their record label Imago and Suze having nodules in her throat – she even had to stop singing for a quick while given that of them – in 1993, which forced the band to minimize short the tour for their second album.
During this time, DeMarchi met Nuno Bettencourt, guitarist at that time for hard rock band Extreme. They co-wrote and performed the song “Because I Can” for Baby Animals’ second record Shaved and Dangerous. On 27 August 1994 the couple married in the Azores, Portugal where Bettencourt’s family is from. On 2 February 1996 they had their very first child, daughter Bebe Orleans.
|Day of Birth||14-February-1964|
|Place of Birth||Perth, Western Australia, Australia|