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How to become an awesome Singer/Pianist - Your tutor is DaPaul Artist, songwriter and performer

My name is DaPaul and my musical heritage hails from the Caribbean church tradition rooted in jazz, blues, gospel, hymns and spiritual songs.

I have an affinity to great singer pianists like, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles, Rev Thomas A. Dorsey, Rev Cleveland, Edwin Hawkins, Andrae Crouch, Richard Smallwood, Thomas A. Whitfield, Marvin Winsns, Brian McKnight, Stevie Wonder and many more.

My lessons are a good balance of theory and understanding of the piano and the voice along with a fun way of just learning how to perform.

Welcome to my musical world and see you soon!!!

DaPaul

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Worksheets are provided.

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Online via webcam

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Age:
Adults (18-64 years old)
Seniors (65+ years old)
Student level:
Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced
Duration:
60 minutes
The class is taught in:English

About Me

DaPaul is a singer, songwriter and musician with a passion for performing. He writes with a contemporary lyrical content that reaches all listeners and connects with the world around him. In each song DaPaul writes, he captures a magic that resonates with each listener in a way that is entertaining and moving. DaPaul’s roots hail back to a Caribbean church in London where he found and nurtured his love for the piano and singing as a pianist playing choral hymns and Caribbean folk spirituals.

Influenced by gospel and also jazz, soul blues and pop, DaPaul has nutured his talent for songwriting by listening to artists like; The Winans, Hawkins Family, Andre Crouch, Commissioned, Thomas Whitefield, Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, Art Tatum, Erroll Garner, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, George Shearing, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, Prince, The Jacksons, Kool & The Gang, Shalamar, Chic, Gap Band, and many more.

His formative years in the industry began in the mid 90’s as a session musician/backing vocalist recording and performing with UK/US artists; Eternal, Louise, MN8, Cleopatra, Alexander O'Neal, Jhelisa Anderson, Rhonda Thomas, Kloud 9, Des'ree, and Gabrielle. He has also appeared on various TV promos: Jools Holland, GMTV, National Lottery Live, VH1, TOTP, Montreaux Jazz Festival, and The World Music Awards.

Throughout DaPaul’s career he has always nurtured the craft of songwriting and in 2009 started on his quest to complete his debut album. This was an independent ongoing project which required tenacity, perfectionism, and determination. Well, it seems DaPaul achieved his goal when his album ‘Soulful Spirit’ received this review in 2013:

‘ We all know what is meant by saying: “It comes from the heart!”.DePaul's
‘Soulful Spirit’ is yet another fine example of a well-crafted set of musical compositions that intimately touch on the content of the heart. The music in
this debut album is of consistently excellent quality and speaks highly of the
calibre of the accompanying musicians who have contributed to its production. They all represent the finest the UK has to offer! From the gentle refrain of the opening track ‘She’s So Entertaining’ to the title track ‘Soulful Spirit’, this work is imbued with emotional sincerity. The UK has been blessed with singer/songwriters; LabiSiffre, Omar, the late David Lynden-Hall to name only three, who have succeeded in capturing our attention with the originality of their creative endeavor. We have yet another songwriter to add to the impressive roster. DaPaul speaks truly from the heart with ‘Soulful Spirit’.

RA HENDRICKS
Jazzmo’thology

DaPaul also released his 2nd album ‘LONDON TOWN’ in 2016.

PRESS RELEASE – 2016

The inspiration behind ‘LONDON TOWN’ by DaPaul is a story imbued with gratitude to a city that gave selflessly to a young teenager born in LONDON, who in the 1980s dreamt of being a musician and performer.

The last of 5 siblings, DaPaul was the only one born in the UK when his mother came to the UK in the early 1960s. As a single parent, DaPaul’s mother was a courageous woman who left Jamaica with only a basic college education, trained as a dressmaker with dreams of exploration, opportunities, and a better life for her family. Whilst raising her young son DaPaul and his two sisters she studied to be a nurse in the ’70s and worked in London for over 25 years and has unfortunately passed away in 2018 R.I.P.

As a young boy DaPaul was given piano lessons at age 6, and had a genuine interest in music inspired by his older cousins who all played the piano very well. His aspirations as a youth to become a musician/performer were realized by opportunities and support
provided by his church community and the London ILEA/GLC music programs for youth in the 1980s.

Education

BA Music Education - London Metropolitan University
2002-2004

Trinity College of Music
1975-1980
Studying Piano

Peckham Seventh-Day Adventist Church
1984-1994

Church pianist
Church soloist - pianist/singer

Experience / Qualifications

Church pianist/organist
Session keyboard player
Recording artist
Songwriter, Producer
Bandleader
Choir director
Singing teacher
Piano teacher

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