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Susanne Abbott


About Susanne Abbott

Austin, TX

Marking an evolution in the career of one of Texas’ most dynamic live performers, "No History of Prevention" is the stunning 2010 release from Austin singer-songwriter Susanne Abbott. Synthesizing elements of contemporary folk, pop, and Americana, this original, full-length debut is an exquisite showcase of remarkable song craft delivered with an impeccable phrasing and vocal power that fans of Abbott have come to know and expect. From the hypnotic opener, "On My Head", to the gorgeously plaintive "Jacqueline", to the ambient, lingering beauty of "Johnson City", to the infectious pop choruses of "Spring", this record bursts with color and imagery and is a gorgeous and staggering portrait of souls lost and found. Written and produced by Abbott, "No History of Prevention" is a defining moment in the development and evolution of one of Austin’s most dynamic artists.

A Houston native, Abbott took up residency in Austin in 1999 immediately capturing the attention of audiences, critics and musicians through her knock out live performances in the music and professional theatre scene. Her tight grip of folk rock, pop, blues and gospel performance ignited critics to praise her live shows and powerhouse vocals, while music giants such as legendary Texas blues artist Doyle Bramhall recruited her vocals for recording. Since her arrival in Austin she has performed and/or recorded with numerous bands and solo artists including Bramhall, Darden Smith, Roscoe Beck, David Hamburger, Michael Ramos, Jesse Sublett, Bill Anderson, David Murray and Marcia Ball.

In addition to her success in Austin’s music scene, Abbott has enjoyed the last ten years as an award-winning regional theatre actor, garnering audience and wide-spread critical acclaim for her work at Zachary Scott Theatre Center – notably for her break out featured singing roles in productions such as “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and “Speeding Motorcycle”, a rock-opera based on the life and music of Daniel Johnston; whereby, Abbott was featured with members of Johnston’s original band including Bill Anderson, Kathy McCarty and Sherri Lane. She is a five-time Austin Critics’ Table Award winner for her singing roles in other hit regional productions including “Jelly’s Last Jam”, “Ain’t Nuthin But the Blues”, and “Cabaret”.

In 2008-2009, Abbott joined up with singer/songwriter Darden Smith and the University of Texas Performing Arts Center in the development of Smith’s theatre song-cycle piece entitled, “Marathon”, whereby she performed live along side Smith and music all-stars, bassist Roscoe Beck (current music director for Leonard Cohen), keyboardist/trumpeter Michael Ramos (Patty Griffin, Charanga Cakewalk), and guitarist David Murray.

In the fall of 2009, Abbott was recruited by 505 Games (London) and Paramount Pictures to lend her vocals to be the singing character voice of Rizzo in the new Nintendo Wii video game, “Grease” to be released in December 2009.

With “No History of Prevention”, Abbott has assembled a highly evocative, remarkably literate collection of original compositions building textured aural and songwriting landscapes spanning pop, rock and folk - echoing many of Abbott’s musical influences – Terry Allen, Neil Young, Stevie Wonder and even Stephen Sondheim. The record captures the energy and raw power of her live shows, and is a highlight in the career of an incredibly diverse artist, promising to be one of the most interesting and surprising releases of 2010.

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