ALEXIS P SUTER
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Alexis P. Suter is the owner of that big, booming voice you can hear roaring out of Brooklyn into the heart of North America and beyond. Alexis P. and her band are on the rise as accolades pour in and they continue to captivate audiences from town to town.
Miss Suter and her powerful and unique ensemble artfully blend the lines between Blues, Soul, Roots and Rock music. Alexis' voice ranges from a pained passion to explosive and soul bearing.
When the great Bluesman B.B. King first heard Alexis sing, he was visibly impressed and said so after her opening set for him at BB Kings in NYC. Shaking his head in wonder in his characteristic way, he remarked….
“It’s a rare thing to share the stage with great talent like that young lady.”
Alexis has earned similar honors from other well-known musicians and performers including Dan Aykroyd and Levon Helm of The Band.
Suter and her band have been blazing trails and taking their music to festivals and venues both nationally and internationally.
Suter is currently touring in support of 2 releases, "All For Loving You" (American Showplace Music) and AMOS "Live at Briggs Farm" (Briggs Farm Records). Both recordings take modern blues and roots music in new directions, pushing the form just a bit beyond its normal boundaries with Suter's powerful, deep soulful voice charging forward.
Alexis burst on to the music scene as a regular performer at Levon Helm’s legendary Midnight Rambles held in Woodstock, NY. Levon was captured by what he called Alexis’ wonderful spirit and had her and the band open for him nearly 100 times.
"She is one of those wonderful spirits, she's got her arms around you; you can feel that”
As special guest openers for The Levon Helm Band, they played to sold-out audiences at the Beacon Theater, Bethel Woods Center For The Arts, The Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, NJ and Central Park’s Summerstage.
Since then, Alexis continues to be in high demand at North American Roots and Blues festivals, venues and events. She was privileged enough to open for BB King several times at his club in New York as well as Etta James. In addition to being a featured artist in over 50 Blues and Roots festivals nationwide, Alexis and her band have been the opening act for the following artists: Bo Diddley, Trombone Shorty, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Dickey Betts, Coco Montoya, Buddy Guy, Allen Touissaint, Emmylou Harris, Johnny Winter, Elvis Costello and for the 20 year reunion of the Muddy Waters Band.
At the highly prestigious Blues Music Awards, Alexis was nominated for Best Contemporary Female Artist in 2017, The Koko Taylor Vocalist in 2015 and for Best Soul/Blues Female Vocalist in 2013. Presented by The Blues Foundation in Memphis TN.
Television appearances include Legends, IMUS in the Morning and The Artie Lange Show.
Her song "Ride, Ride" was featured in the national commercial for howstuffworks.com.
Suter has been featured on countless on- air LIVE radio performances and interviews across the USA. “All Over Again” from their release“Two Sides” was named NPR’s “Song Of The Day".
Her song "In The City" was included on the Second Volume of the "Songs After Sandy" compilation series (songsaftersandy.com) along with Sir Paul McCartney and Dave Stewart (Eurythmics).
Alexis has 8 full length releases to date; "Live at Briggs Farm" 2017 ( Briggs Farm Records), "All For Loving You" 2017 (American Showplace Music), "Love The Way You Roll" 2015 (American Showplace Music), “Two Sides” 2011 (Hipbone Records), “Live at the Turning Point” 2010 (Festivalink), “Just Another Fool” 2009 (Hipbone Records), "Live at the Midnight Ramble" 2008 (Levon Helm Studios) and “Shuga Fix” 2005 (Hipbone Records). Their recordings have received much praise from radio and publications alike including Blues Music Magazine, Blues Revue, Living Blues, Downbeat, Elmore, Blues Blast, Blues Matters, Blues 411 and Big City Rhythm and Blues.
Recently Alexis has formed “Alexis' Ministers of Sound”, AMOS, an ensemble which includes Vicki Bell, Ray Grappone, Dave Keyes, Chris Bergson and various special guest musicians. They have just released their first album, AMOS, "Live From Briggs Farm". The powerful debut is a collection of original and classic songs interpreted in Roots, Gospel and Soulful styles.
Alexis P. Suter is the youngest daughter born to Carrie Suter (Artist, Teacher) and Albert Suter (Postal Worker, Preacher) in Brooklyn, New York. Alexis was always destined for the stage as she began singing at the tender age of four in church recitals and special events. As a young girl she would create songs to sing for her mother or anyone else who wanted to listen. Alexis attended “The Little Children’s Theatre” on Church Avenue in Brooklyn briefly for vocal lessons but preferred her mother’s instructions as she would receive her undivided attention.
While visiting New Orleans at age nine with her parents who were attending a postal convention, Alexis had the pleasure of meeting “The Mills Brothers”. When her parents attended various meetings and workshops, Alexis would sneak off into the rehearsal of the Mills Brothers enamored by their succinct harmonies and sound. The music of the Mills Brothers was very new to Alexis as only Gospel music was played in her home. Harry Mills, lead singer, was so moved by her wonder and excitement he invited Alexis and her family to their show that evening. From that night on a whole new world opened up for Alexis. She began discreetly bringing other forms of music into her home and discovering talent outside of the church.
In elementary school PS 20, she joined the band playing the “snare drums, bass drums and timpani's” under the direction of James R. Drayton. Drayton was so impressed he later encouraged her to handle the “sousaphone B-flat tuba”. Alexis played the sousaphone for the next 9 years until she left Junior High School 294 in the Clinton Hill/Fort Greene area of Brooklyn. Also during her time at PS 20, Alexis sang in the school choir under the direction of Isaiah Ruffin.
As the years went by, Alexis seized every opportunity to perform and listen to other live performances. Although she appreciated all types of music, her roots were Gospel. She often attended different churches to experience the many styles of worship and music ministry. In her early twenties, Alexis discovered the world of theatre. She joined a very talented and diverse group of artists known as the “Performance Art Chorale” (PAC) under the direction of Miche Braden. With Ms. Braden’s coaching she deepened her knowledge of the performance art, developed acting skills and expanded her vocal repertoire.
After singing for several years in various choirs and making small club appearances, Alexis longed for the opportunity to share her talents on a broader scale. She began to sing “House/Dance” music and made her first solo recording with the song “Slam Me Baby”; released in 1990. The success of this record launched her career and she became the first African American woman signed to Epic Sony Japan’s Dance label. Shortly thereafter she met Vicki Bell (songwriter, producer, vocalist with “Hipbone Records”) at a function where they both sang background vocals for a mutual friend. One year later, Alexis received a call from “Hipbone Records” and was asked to do vocals on one of their recordings. Alexis quickly signed with “Hipbone Records” and has continued her relationship with them to the present day.
Alexis has had many musical influences; some of her favorites are Barry White, Baby Huey and the Babysitters, America, Ruth Brown, Levon Helm, BB King, Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, Clinton Utterbach Ensemble, James Cleveland and Isaac Hayes. Alexis notes that her mother Carrie Suter,(who sang with Mahalia Jackson, Harry Belafonte, Mavis Staples, Dionne Warwick, Quincey Jones, Tommy Dorsey and the Hall Johnson Singers) has been the greatest influence of all.