Suzanna Choffel and
Matt the Electrician

Thursday, January 10, 2013

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Once upon a time, there was a young man named Matt Sever. He lived in Austin, TX, and he worked as a journeyman electrician. Every morning, when it was still dark outside, he would go to work, and wire houses all day long in the blistering Texas heat. When he would come home, again, it was dark outside. And then, sometimes, with no time to shower or change his clothes, he would go straight to the bars and nightclubs of Austin to play his songs for whomever would listen. And he would apologize for his appearance, and explain to the audience that he was an electrician, and he found a certain nobility in this, even if no one wanted to sit too close to the stage. So they called him Matt The Electrician, and he did not mind this, for he was proud of himself, for there is no shame in a hard days work.

But eventually, he quit his job as an electrician, to spend more time writing and playing songs, and the name stuck with him, because everyone needs an electrician sometimes. And there are some who say, that when the moon is full, and Jupiter is aligned with Mars, you can often hear Matt The Electrician in the distance, wiring a house, and whistling softly to himself.

Matt now tours all over the world, and released his 7th studio album,Accidental Thief in June of 2011.

2012 has been a very good year for Austin native Suzanna Choffel. Her performance of the Fleetwood Mac classic “Landslide” on the third season of NBC-TV’s wildly popular The Voice landed her a place on Blake Shelton’s team. And with it came an outpouring of praise from fans and media from all around the world. Rolling Stone called her “the most intriguing” contestant on the show.  Earlier in the year her song, “Stumble,” was selected in the Top 3 in the Performance category by The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) marking the second time that Suzanna has won an ISC Award. In 2008, her song, “Hey Mister” caputured First Place honors in the Triple A category.  Along the way she also won top honors in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, International Songwriting Competition, and the FameCast competition. 

The Austin American Statesman called her new album, Steady Eye Shaky Bow, a “record of shimmering soul,” and The Austin Chronicledeclared it “sultry and soulful, bubbling with sizzling eclectic pop.”  The album also features the regional hit, “Raincloud,” a song infused with the flavor of New Orleans with backing by Big Sam’s Funky Nation — its video has been viewed on YouTube more than half a million times. Influenced by women as diverse as Erykah Badu and Edie Brickell, with echoes of Feist and even a little Dusty, Suzanna writes upbeat melodies but wraps them around fearless examinations of the emotional complexities of relationships. Rock music critic Jim DeRogatis, sums it well: “equal parts beat poetry, smoky soul grooves and indie-pop eccentricity.”  Suzanna’s musical signature comes from the staccato rhythm of her guitar and a tone that harmonizes in perfect accord with her sweet smoky voice.

For more information on this artist, visithttp://www.matttheelectrician.com

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