Singer/songwriter/pianist Todd Alsup is a welcome throwback to classic songwriting and showmanship – an exciting artist who can consistently rock a crowd with astonishing vocals and honest songs bursting with groove and personality.
Released in 2008, Todd's debut EP Facts & Figures has been enthusiastically received, with critics hailing Todd's combination of "giddy piano-pop, old-school soul and free-spirited songs," as an "earnest if unlikely divide between Ben Folds and John Legend." (Performing Songwriter, June 2008). Blessed with vocals that rise up with conviction and warmth, he is bound to strike a chord with listeners.
Born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Todd was attracted to the classic sounds of '60s soul and '70s pop at an early age. "I remember discovering my parents' record collection – The Beatles, Carole King, Stevie Wonder and Billy Joel," he says. "I spent hours and hours wearing down their vinyl, simply captivated. I fell in love with artists like Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin who could deliver a melody and lyric like no one else. Storytellers and soul singers – those were my idols."
For Todd the journey is all about making a lasting connection with listeners. "I believe that the most timeless songs are the ones about things that everyone can identify with. I would love to bring back that era of really well-crafted songs that tell meaningful and powerful stories about the human condition. I think that's a lost art and if I can share that passion with an audience then I'm satisfied."