Suzanna Choffel

Suzanna Choffel

 Austin, Texas, USA
BandFolkAdult Contemporary

Smoky, sultry indie-soul-pop.
"All the vibe in the world." -Rolling Stone
"Think Feist meets Erykah Badu." -Chicago Sun-Times
Multiple award winner.

Biography

Having a sixth sense is something Pisces people take for granted. But March-born singer-songwriter Suzanna Choffel's latest album, "Hello Goodbye," contains one song that proved remarkably prescient even to her. When Choffel wrote "Go Forth," an inspirational ballad whose lyrics seemingly impart advice from a loving parent, she thought the only thing she was trying to hatch was the album. A week later, she learned she was pregnant with her first child.  Several of "Hello Goodbye's" songs could be associated with major events in Choffel's life. She's had many in the last few years, from appearing on season three of The Voice and moving from her Austin hometown to New York for three years, to earning a major grant from Black Fret, and performing before thousands of January 2017 Women's March participants at the Texas State Capitol. But just as that song predated knowledge of her pregnancy, many tracks on this album - an earthy, lush folk-funk mélange of blues, jazz, soul, dreamy electro-pop and her unique vocal colorings - predated those experiences, along with such events as a scary brush with mortality after leaving her baby for the first time to perform in France. (Fortunately, only possessions were lost when the chateau where she was staying burst into flames.) Ironically, those post-recording experiences serve as detailed illustrations of the album's central theme: How to reconcile the push-pull of opposing desires? For Choffel, that manifests as a struggle to balance the seemingly conflicting pursuits of family life and musical adventures. But swimming in opposite directions is what Pisceans do. Even the new album itself reflects that duality; its vinyl-oriented sequencing creates a distinct mood shift from side A to side B.  You'll just have to listen to find out more. For more information on Choffel's music, please see: www.suzannachoffel.com.

 PRESS


"All the vibe in the world." - Rolling Stone

"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


"Refreshingly unique." - Adam Levine

"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



Lyrics

hey mister

Written By: suzanna choffel

hey mister, your eyes-they look like earth,
with a green bud growing in the center like birth.
i think the sun touched your skin a little bit more.
now i know what fingertips are good for-caressing and blessing,
my heart starts confessing.

you're the kind of guy who's gonna waste my time,
i'm gonna give you a dollar and you'll give me a dime.
i don't see why you feel the need to be so damn hard to read.
you're the star in the sky that makes the others dim, the one that makes the other ones' chances slim.
tell me, what trick did your mama pull to make you so damn beautiful?

hey mister, your smile-it looks like bliss,
and your lips are like a billboard for the kiss.
my dreams all come with a picture of you.
the times when you're not on my mind are few.
you're gonna drive me crazy, i'm starting to fret.
falling for you i already regret.

cause you're the kind of guy who's gonna waste my time,
i'm gonna give you a dollar and you'll give me a dime.
i don't see why you feel the need to be so damn hard to read,
you're the star in the sky that makes the others dim,
the one that makes the other ones' chances slim,
tell me what trick did your mama pull to make you so damn beautiful?

hey mister i wish that i could stay,
but i know all my joy would go away.
see i don't care what you think,
i don't need your dirty dishes in my kitchen sink
so be gone, roll on, stroll on, get the hell out of my life.
hey mister, hey mister you blister my heart...blister my heart.

hey mister, your eyes-they look like earth,
with a green bud growing in the center like birth.
growing in the center like birth...

he loves me, he loves me not, he loves me, he loves me not, he loves me, he loves me not.

the challenge

Written By: suzanna choffel

i don't wanna finish anything i started,
that's the problem with me.
i just want it to be finished as soon as i begin it.
i just want it to be.
everybody wants to know what my goals are,
where i'm going and how far.
but goals are for suckers, me i've got dreams.

these dreams are gonna live a big fat life.
(hope they all come true)

they're gonna stay with me for all my time.
(growing, reaching on)

these dreams are gonna live it up inside my head.
(singing things to do)

and dance through my brain, 'til it just goes dead.
(going, going, gone...)

what's the point of doing anything anyway?
i s'pose it's better than just waiting for your time.
but really what's the point of trying to learn everything,
when you just lose it down the line?
everybody wants to know what my plans are,
how i'm gonna be a big star.
but the truth is, i don't know and i really don't care.

life has a way of holding everything that's meant to be,
meaning what you make of it.
it has a way of holding anything you wanna see,
meaning what you take of it.
so don't you worry 'bout my world, i'll make it sweet.
and here's to the challenge of just staying on your feet,
and fighting the resistence that you'll meet.

Subtle Boy

Written By: Suzanna Choffel

Today I awoke with your name on my dreams, painted in purple ink.
And I wondered awhile, what is it about your style that makes me sink?
Is it the ice inside your eyes?
Or the lights beneath your skin?
Or all of the things you could possibly say, but instead you hold within...

You're a subtle body,
a subtle boy,
a subtle thing, a subtle joy
and I like the way you move me.
And I'm an obvious girl
with my head stuck in a pearl,
but I like the way I'm moving.

How could they compare,
all those fools who came before?
See you're just like me,
you see things the way they could be seen,
but you make them so much more.
Some people waste a lifetime
with someone who shuts them down.
But how could I possibly shut
when I'm so very opened up by the
love you bring around?

You're a subtle body,
a subtle boy,
a subtle thing, a subtle joy
and I like the way you move me.
and I like the way you move me.
And I'm an obvious girl
with my head stuck in a pearl,
but I like the way I'm moving.

I'll get lost and then
I will find my way, find my way
back to your arms again.
I'll get lost and then
I will find my way, find my way
back to your arms again.

Archer

Written By: Suzanna Choffel

I'll make you a fair trade.
Your kisses for my mind,
I swear I'll leave it all behind.
Forget who I was, no need to know.
I'll give it up for the thrill of the show.

So here it comes,
the beating of those distant drums,
Signaling your departure,
oh Archer,
you shot too low.
A steady eye, but a shaky bow.
And don't think I did not feel that blow cause I did, and I do and I'm blown away by you.
But you don't have a clue.

So the horoscope was right,
no the stars they never lie.
The universe collided for you and I.
Oh, but why this, and why this way?
See my heart is a year, and your love is a day.

So here it comes,
the beating of those distant drums,
Signaling your departure,
oh Archer,
you shot too low.
A steady eye, but a shaky bow.
And don't think I did not feel that blow cause I did, and I do and I'm blown away by you.
But you don't have a clue.

And if you should pass my way again,
Well who's to say I will not let you in?
Cause seeing you, it makes my skin
turn pink.
Oh, you shot too low, you shot too low, yes you shot too low, you shot too low...
And still I sink.
Oh, Archer.

Animal

Written By: Suzanna Choffel

"ANiMAL"

What kind of animal are you?
Do you take small steps, do you follow it through?
Do you say how do you do?

Are you a burrower, do you like the sun?
When the wind starts to blow do you walk or do you run?
I'm just trying to figure out if you're the one.

Cause long ago I was a pair,
My other half he went somewhere.
And when the flood came fallin' down,
He was nowhere to be found...
Oh make a sound!

Oh what kind of animal you are,
First you win my heart, then you tear it apart!
You're a liar, that's what kind of animal you are.

Cause long ago I was a pair,
My other half he went somewhere.
And when the flood came fallin' down,
He was nowhere to be found,
Oh make a sound.
Are you alone somewhere and do you still care,
In some far off land, full of golden sand,
And are you my man?

Oh, what kind of animal are you?
Oh, what kind of animal are you?
Oh, what kind of animal are you?
Are you, are you, are you?

So the Story Goes

Written By: Suzanna Choffel

"SO THE STORY GOES"

Love comes quick,
grows strong and thick
with thorns & roses on the vine.
It's hard to see easily,
when you and I are entertwined.

So the story shows,
one part gives, one part goes.
So the story is,
one part hers and one part his.

And you will love until your heart is sore my friend,
and you will open up that door again.
You will remember it as you did then
when you were in love.
You were in love, you were in love.

Love comes fast,
it blows right past,
no warning signs, no questions asked.
It's hard to see easily,
when you're attending to the task.

So the story shows,
one part gives, one part goes.
So the story is,
one part hers and one part his.

And you will love until your heart is sore my friend,
and you will open up that door again.
You will remember it as you did then
when you were in love.
you were in love, you were in love.

Believe me, it will not be easy.
And soon you will see.
what it's all about
and without a doubt,
you will scream & shout...

But you will love until your heart is sore my friend,
and you will open up that door again.
You will remember it as you did then
when you were in love.
You were in love, you were in love.
Remember, you were in, you were in love.

Stumble

Written By: Suzanna Choffel

I'm trying to preserve my word,
not a sound should be heard unless it's beautiful.
Like, la da ba da ba da ba shadoo-badoo-baday.
Most people waste their breath, 'til death do us part,
I do declare.
Make good use of your air while it's there.
I'm going back down the path,
Trying to find the point where I lost it all.
Where is the crack, that made me fall- stumble and fall...

Like...
I said I stumble and I fall, like...

See some people think you can get well within one day.
Give me whatever you got doc, that'll make me okay.
Okay right away.
But there's 60 minutes to each hour and 24 within a day,
within one sweet day to lose your way in.
But isn't it great that we get to begin all over again?

Like...
I said begin that swing again like...

Now that I'm back on track with my map and a fat sack of ashes,
Of bad bad habits,
See I know what I need to do.
But that's where it gets me every time,
The temptation that leads to the crime.
See I'm a repeat offender,
I'm an impulse-spender.
So how do I stop?
How do I drop this very tragic affair?
And what's more, what's really more is do I even care?
Do I really even care?

Well of course I care

Race Car

Written By: Suzanna Choffel

RACE CAR

i don't mind being hard to find,
i don't care if i'm out there.
i like to hide my tail outside of the usual borderlines...

cause i need
to slow down the speed of my heart,
that runs like a race car.
and i never knew a bliss like this,
this calm, quiet kiss that exists.

if you take the time to make
a little nest, a place to rest.
i'm sure you'll see, just like me,
what it feels like to be free...

cause you need
to slow down the speed of your heart
that runs like a race car.
and you never knew a bliss like this,

this calm quiet kiss that exists, that exists...
oh calm quiet kiss that exists.
calm quiet, calm quiet, calm quiet kiss.

the cool dark den
beneath your skin,
if you peel it, it will let you in.
no noise allowed, no crazy crowds,
just the sound inside this shroud.

cause we need
to slow down the speed of our hearts,
that run like race cars,
and we never knew a bliss like this,
this calm quiet kiss, this calm quiet kiss.

it's a calm, quiet, a calm, quiet, a calm, quiet kiss
oh that exists.
it's a calm quiet, calm, quiet, calm, quiet kiss
in the palm of your fist.

Discography

Shudders & Rings (2006)
Archer (2013, Red Parlor Records)
Hello Goodbye (2017)