“A man of the world,” says Berlin’s Zitty magazine of Thomas Channell. The piano man was born in Sydney (Australia), spent his youth in Stellenbosch (South Africa), and then cut his teeth as a songwriter and performer in the New York music scene, where he played at venues like the legendary CBGB, The Living Room, The Bitter End, Cornelia Street Café, The Knitting Factory, Caffe Vivaldi and Mo Pitkin’s House of Satisfaction. Based in Berlin since 2007, he has taken the stage in the German capital at venues like Kaffee Burger, WABE, Die Passionskirche, Der Grüner Salon (Die Volksbühne), Kunstfabrik Schlot and Junction Bar, as well as in cities across Germany like Dresden, Erfurt, Kassel, Duisburg and Plinz. He has also performed all over his native South Africa, including the National Arts Festivals in Grahamstown, Oudtshoorn and Potchefstroom, and shows in Cape Town (Baxter Theatre, Artscape, Olympia Bakery, OBZ Cafe), Stellenbosch and Bloemfontein.
FRITZ Radio (RBB) in Germany has compared Channell with the young Elton John in the 70`s, when he still played more Rock & Roll and Blues, though Channell’s music is more intimate and with more “campfire on the keys”. Also expect impressions of Billy Joel and Rufus Wainwright. His second album, The Seduction of Thomas Channell, is a collaboration with top musicians in Berlin. Songs that are emphatic and pithy descriptions of the everyday, born on the streets of Harlem, Queens, Kreuzberg and Cape Town.