Atlanta-based singer and songwriter Mattiel crafts sunbaked rock & roll with a retro vibe that harks back to '60s garage rock and a blues-rock edge similar to early White Stripes.
That spirit was helped along on her 2017 eponymous debut by recording it live in the studio with a band.
Mattiel Brown spent much of her early life on a farm in Georgia, where she would learn how to play guitar and ride horses, among other daily tasks that come with farm life. Eventually, she moved to Atlanta, where she got a job working as a web designer and illustrator. Soon after, Brown met Randy Michael and Jonah Swilley and bonded with them over their taste in music. She sent them some demos; they were impressed by her voice and asked her to perform live with their band Black Linen. Both multi-instrumentalists, Michael and Swilley were also the co-owners of a songwriting and production team named InCrowd, and when Brown put forward the idea of fronting her own musical act, they were keen to help. By 2017, their rough concepts had turned into fully fledged songs, leading to nine months of recording with a full in-house band. InCrowd also had connections with Burger Records, which upon hearing her music, signed her for first album Mattiel. It was released in late 2017. Heavenly Recording struck a deal to issue the album in the U.K. and Europe, where it arrived in mid-2018.
Mattiel toured in support of the release, including a handful of dates opening for Portugal. The Man and appearances at several major European festivals. In August 2018, Mattiel returned to the studio with Michael and Swilley to record a set of fresh songs. The result was the six-song EP Customer Copy, released by Burger Records in December 2018.
In 2019, Mattiel moved to ATO Records, and she worked with Michael and Swilley again on her second full-length, Satis Factory, which saw release that June. ~ Liam Martin & Marcy Donelson, Rovi