Esurance Gets Animated with Seattle Musician, PWRFL POWER
San Francisco, CA — March 25, 2008
Esurance, the direct-to-consumer personal auto insurance company, revealed its newest animated commercial featuring singer/songwriter PWRFL POWER. In July 2007, a Japanese international student going by the name PWRFL POWER took on Seattle's best bands during the Capitol Hill Block Star Contest. After wowing judges and audiences alike, PWRFL POWER won the contest, securing a chance to appear in a nationally distributed Esurance commercial, among other prizes.
"When we first heard PWRFL POWER's song, 'It's Okay,' we knew that it would be perfect in a music video-style ad featuring the artist and our animated icon, Erin," said Kristin Brewe, Esurance's director of brand and public relations. "The beautiful guitar and the upbeat lyrics work great with the animation." The PWRFL POWER commercial is one of a series of new advertisements by Esurance where real people are transformed into animated versions of themselves, appearing with Esurance's iconic pink-haired "spokesperson," Erin Esurance.
PWRFL POWER got started when Kazutaka Nomura, the name he goes by offstage, played for a small crowd at a cabaret club in Seattle for a friend's birthday. He soon realized the enjoyment that came from sharing his quirky vision, and staged more shows in the Seattle area. After only 16 months, PWRFL POWER has played at multiple shows in the U.S. and Japan and is currently on a 60-show multi-city tour across America.
"It's been less than 2 years, but so much has happened," said Kazutaka Nomura of PWRFL POWER. "I can't help but be amazed by all of the things I've experienced, but getting animated in an Esurance commercial was definitely pretty cool."
"Esurance is known for our quirky, animated ads, which has helped us stand out in an extremely cluttered category, and this ad is one of our quirkiest," added Brewe. "Because of our focus on fostering grassroots creativity, I am really pleased that we could use an emerging talent like PWRFL POWER in our advertising. The fans of Seattle spoke, and I'm sure more exposure will only help PWRFL POWER build his already impressive following."
For more information on the artist PWRFL POWER and the music video-commercial, visit www.esurance.com/pwr.