Definitely not lacking on the talent front, Georgia-born Mattiel is an ad designer, illustrator, set builder and (more recently) a singer-songwriter! Her youth was spent on her mother’s farm and as an adolescent she would often listen to her mother’s record collection, with artists such as Donovan, Peter Paul and Mary and The Monkees inspiring an early passion for music.
After moving to Atlanta, Mattiel developed a palette for more diverse musical interests and began to develop her own vocal style over the course of several years (often singing alone in her car on long drives to work!). In 2014, after meeting singer and guitar player Randy Michael and Atlanta hip-hop songwriter Jonah Swilley, Mattiel herself ventured into songwriting and as a group they began working on an album.
Songs were created with Michael and Swilley supplying instrumental compositions and Mattiel providing the lyrical content and melodies. The result is the forthcoming MATTIEL LP which is due for release on the 29th of this month!
Count Your Blessings has a gorgeous warm intro that immediately envelopes you into with Mattiel’s radiant vocals and classic old sound and I can’t help think of Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood when I hear this! Wonderfully crafted, this song got into my head immediately with its melodic hook and crescendoing brass section, whilst crisp drums add punchy dynamics. Listen above and pre-order your copy of Mattiel’s new record here.