Alexis P. Suter Band performs at the MAC (Milford Arts Council), 40 Railroad Avenue South on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m.
Alexis P. Suter was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. She began singing in church at the age of four, and met the Mills Brothers and saw them perform in concert five years later. Her interest in music developed at school where she learned to play the sousaphone, and expanded her knowledge of gospel music when attending different churches in her neighborhood. She also was influenced by the work of Ruth Brown, whom she heard on her family’s radio. Suter also credited her mother as a source of musical inspiration, given that she had previously provided backing vocals for Mahalia Jackson, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Harry Belafonte, Mavis Staples and Dionne Warwick among others.