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Possessing “all the vibe in the world,” (Rolling Stone), Suzanna Choffel feels equally at home singing in a dimly lit, smoky club as she does front and center in front of (literally) millions. Credit the Austin TX native’s musical upbringing: with a name inspired by Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne,” she was steeped in her parents’ ‘70s LP collection and grew up cultivating an interest in pop, soul, jazz, reggae and more. The budding talent began writing songs at a young age, took up piano and guitar, and gigged in teenage R&B bands at the legendary Continental Club and even Antone’s. She shot to the top of the Austin music scene after her debut album Shudders & Rings won multiple songwriting awards, and her dynamic live show earned her “Best Indie Band” at the 2009 Austin Music Awards. Suddenly she was headlining SXSW, appearing at Austin City Limits festival, CMJ and Voodoo Experience, and sharing stages with the likes of Angelique Kidjo and Solange.
As her profile soared, her music began to appear in commercials and film, including a track during a pivotal moment of the 2010 indie hit Catfish (a surprise even to her). In the slipstream came her evocative and expansive second album, Steady Eye Shaky Bow, hailed as a “record of shimmering soul” (Austin American-Statesman), and “Best Album” winner in the 2012 Independent Music Awards. Primed for the national stage, Suzanna auditioned for and appeared on NBC’s The Voice, wowing the judges with her renditions of Fleetwood Mac and Bob Marley and earning singular praise from Rolling Stone as “the only artist you’d want to listen to a complete album from.” Soon came offers to share a bill with Emeli Sandé and Skylar Grey, and tour the U.S. with Wakey!Wakey! After recently moving to New York, Suzanna’s quickly becoming a fixture in the NYC music scene. “I got this real creative energy moving here,” she says, high in anticipation as she preps a brand new album.
"Equal parts Beat poetry, smoky soul grooves and indie-pop eccentricity. Think Feist meets Erykah Badu, with a hint of Tex-Mex seasoning." - Chicago Sun-Times
“A first-class singer, Choffel has the kind of voice that commands attention... And that smoky, soulful voice, mixed with indie-pop and jazz sensibilities, provides a beautiful vehicle for her words.” - San Antonio Express-News
“Refreshingly unique.” - Adam Levine
"Suzanna has learned from some of the greats about phrasing, playing around with delivery and beat, singing the emotions and the words rather than merely the melody. She slots nicely alongside Norah Jones, Madeleine Peyroux and Fiona Apple." - Steve Hochman, LA Times