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Blues: Jazzy Blues Moods: Solo Male Artist Jazz: Cool Jazz

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Mikel Paul

Mikel Paul was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. Classical piano lessons til he was eight got him going. He liked Chopin... but he also liked Jerry Lee Lewis. His teacher didn't, so he quit. A disgruntled 8 year old, he picked up an electric bass. James Brown and the Beatles made him crazy. His mom got him into the San Francisco Boys Chorus. Antonio Carlos Jobim and Tony Bennett were always on at home. A nylon guitar was next.

Everywhere, Mikel heard music. Felt it. He had to play.

A couple local music store owners let him hang out constantly, playing in their backrooms, answering his questions. They gave Mikel permission to play.

From high school through his mid thirties he did nothing but play and write with others, mostly older than he. He would absorb anything and everything. Through the music of the bands Bittersweet, Skin, Frisconickel, Streetheart and Poorboy, he learned to express his passion for the music he heard and felt. And how songs had a life of their own, their changing with each playing.

He recorded records, wrote and co-wrote songs with many others, developing along the way his own "inside" style, always intimate and personal.

He was asked to play bass in Santa Esmeralda, a successful late 70's early 80's disco rock band, touring and co-writing songs with the group. It led even more to his passion to do his own music.

Through the 80's, his "inside" style of writing really started showing up in his music. In 1992-93, he wrote 24 songs that came in a language he had always felt but never heard. His own. He heard "his" soul. All his influences were there, but now finally, it was his music. His words. His humor. His hurt. His joy.

In 2011, he wrote and wrote and wrote, releasing his first "all Mikel" CD (2014) "It's Raining In New York", which garnered him 2 Top 50 chart tunes, "The Way A Woman's Body Goes" and "Baby I Love You".

Now, Mikel's 2nd CD, "Wanna Tell The World" has been released, continuing his celebration through tunes in the "Blazz" style Mikel so loves. His voice, raspy and honest. His words, his stories. Unedited. And, he loves sharing it with anyone and everyone.

Open a bottle of Cab....and enjoy....

The music we hear in each of us is the music for us all.......m