Saturday, August 28, 2010

ALEXIS P. SUTER BAND - BIOGRAPHY


A true vocal phenomenon, Suter has been astounding audiences up and down the east coast for the past few years, backed by her tight, soul-rocking ensemble. The band is anchored by Ray Grappone’s solid, funky beats and Peter Bennett on bass. Guitarist Jimmy Bennett plays stinging guitar, Benny Harrison adds his passionate keyboard wizardry and soulful singers Vicki Bell, Glenn Turner and Linda Pino ramp up the intensity that has captured the attention of some of the best players around.

The Alexis P. Suter Band have had the honor of opening the show at the acclaimed Levon Helm Midnight Ramble Sessions in Woodstock, NY over 80 times. The APS band have also performed at festivals including the Pocono Blues Fest, The Mississippi Valley Blues Fest, The WC Handy Blues BBQ, Virginia Blues and Jazz Fest and the New York State Blues Fest among many others. Along with The Levon Helm Band, they played sold-out shows at the Beacon Theater in New York City, Bethel Woods Center For The Arts, The Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, NJ and Central Park’s Summerstage.

Recently, Alexis and the band were the guest musical performers on the Imus In The Morning show, aired nationally on WABC Radio and RFD TV. Their song "Ride Ride" is currently being featured on a national commercial for howstuffworks.com. In February, they headlined at BB King’s in New York to a sold out crowd. The APSB had the honor and pleasure of touring the Piedmont region of Italy as part of "Blues Al Femminile". At the 2009 New York State Blues Fest, the APSB were honored to perform with Mr. Dan Aykroyd.

On their latest CD, Just Another Fool on Hipbone Records, Suter and her top-notch band take you on a musical journey of emotional, gut-busting blues and soul. The CD is doing well on Triple A Radio stations nationwide. The APS Band’s CD/DVD Live at The Midnight Ramble on Levon Helm Studios Records and their debut release, Shuga Fix on Hipbone Records, are also still being enthusiastically received by the music community. When she takes the stage there’s a change in the air as if something explosive is about to happen. And then comes that VOICE!

Alexis P. Suter’s voice is a force of nature. Thunder rumbles, lightening bolts from the sky, sparks fly everywhere! Her live performances are all this and more. You will be moved immediately and you will be MOVING! When she sings the blues you know it’s genuine, you know she’s been there. When she sings a tender ballad, you hear her heart. And when she rocks you, baby that’s when you get your SHUGA FIX!

The Music Box’s John Metzger says "Shuga Fix," the magnificent debut release fromAlexis P. Suter, "very well may be the perfect remedy for everything that currently ails contemporary R&B." Living Blues Magazine calls Shuga Fix "fierce and fabulous." Although her career is relatively new, Alexis has already toured nationally and internationally, including radio and television performances and has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in blues. As Peter Hay at Twin Vision puts it: "She’s just that good!"

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Alexis came from a strong musical background. Her mother was a music teacher and an accomplished singer who worked with notables such as Harry Belafonte, Mahalia Jackson, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and The Hall Johnson Choir. Her Mom would have Alexis sing in recitals and Gospel plays and it wasn’t long before Alexis realized that it was music and sharing it with others that fed her soul.
In the early 90’s, Alexis became a staple of underground garage and the first African American woman signed to Sony-Epic (Japan). Her legendary Club Shelter Anthem "Slam Me Baby," distinguished her as a genuine underground star with penetrating vocals. For Sony she brought forth an EP titled "Drums of Freedom," including the hit "We Need Each Other."

Miss Suter solos with New York’s acclaimed Illumination and Total Praise Gospel Choirs. Her debut CD with Hipbone Records is being widely received by the music community and Triple A Radio nationwide.

Alexis regularly performs live at the Levon Helm Midnight Ramble Sessions in Woodstock, NY. These live performances are not to be missed because her unprecedented, universal talent connects with the heart and soul of audiences everywhere. Her larger than life stage presence radiates with the power of a white-hot super nova to the farthest niche of performance space. She has just released a phenomenal CD/DVD recorded live at Levon Helm Studios from The Midnight Ramble Sessions. Keep your eyes and ears open. Shooting stars can only be seen if you’re paying attention.