Born: March 25, 1952 Primary Instrument: Guitar, acoustic
This multitalented singer songwiter and musician (plays guitar,piano,bantar,and more has decided to go back to the basis of American Popular music The Blues and use this as venue to share hislove of music and spead his message of Peace to the masses. He had influences of James Brown, Jimi Hendrix and Richie Havens but decided to go back a little further to artists like Lightning Hopkins,B.B.King, Mississippi John Hurt, Furry Lewis for some inspiration. His contempoary influences have been Taj Mahal amd Keb Mo'. He has self produced seven albums of original blues music over the past 9 years. Extended stays in Lousiana put him in tune with the Delta sound. He has played international in the countries of Germany, France and extended stay in Switzerland where he played the Lucerne Blues Festival from 1996-2001. His infectious musical style is a delight to people all over the world. From the coffeehouses of Bowling Green State University-Ohio in the 70's , to Southern California in the 80's to Switzerland and back he has played with numerous bands while still continuing his solo works.
Paul has written a large volume of music he labels The People's Music Miles won the Detroit Blues Society 1st Solo Performer of the Year award in 2002. he represented Michigan at the blues First International Competition and convention in Memphis, Tenn in Jan 2003. His CD titled 'A Peace of the BLues was nominated by the Detroit Music Awards 2005 for Best R&B/Blues Recording as well as best Blues writer. He was also nominated by Great Stuff to do-2005, internet news magazine affliated with WWJ local 950am as best Entertainer for 2005, among those nominated were Kid Rock,Anita Baker, Eminen,and Alexander Zonchik. He was nominated for 2005 release Deep Water Blues for 7 final nominations for the 2006-Detroit Music Awards, including Best Album in two catergories Acoustic/Folk and Blues/R&B. In 2007 in March he was nominated for 8 more individual awards in both acoustic/folk/blues as instrumentalist ,vocalist, and songwriter. He won his first Detroit Music Award for being the best folk/acoustic instrumentalist in all of Detroit. He released on Nov 26 -2007 latest CD Steppin Out with 16 new original songs. On April 25 , 2008 He received 3 Detroit Music Awards for Best Blues/R&B Album/Best Blues/R&B Songwriter and Best Blues Instrumentalist. In 2009 he again was voted outstanding Blues&R&B songwriter for his 5th Detroit Music Award. His latest recording effort has been to write a song for Detroit named Motown Still Our Town, this was released on Jan 18, 2009. This song has a host of outstanding Detroit Talent from the Original Vandellas (Annete Helton&Rosalind Holmes), Barbara Payton, Jill Jack, Carolyn Striho, Tracy Kash Thomas, Nadir, Scott Dailey, Kroon, Pato, Billy Furman, Chris Spooner, Big Al ,Ken Murphy,Sonnie Day, Luther Badman Keith,Terrie Lea, Joey Spina, Joe Neely,Michael On Fire,Khary WAE Frazier and Paul Miles. It was recorded at www.1440collective.com The song will be used a fundraiser for the city which has fallen on hard times but will rise with the spirit of the people. Paul recently won a competition in Marietta Blues Society-Blues Festival in Ohio for best solo/duo performer and will peform in the International BLues Competition in,Memphis,Tennessee-Jan 2010.
He has performed at these venues/festivals metro Detroit to name a few. The Attic Bar, World Famous Baker's keyboard,Caribou Coffee, Jambalaya Festival-Pontiac-Michigan, Blues Statge Club, Tenny Street Roadhouse, Memphis Smoke, Northfield Roadhouse, Pontiact -Arts,Beats and Eats Festival, Hastings Ballroom, Birmingham &Rochester Farmer's Market, Detroit Festival of the Arts, 5th Avenue Ballroom in Royal Oak/Comerica Park,Midland Antique Festival, Southfield Library Blues Series, Alibis-Windsor,Canada, Capital Theater-Windsor, Mark Ridley's Magic Castle, Howes Bayou, Danny's Irish Pub, Channel 4 WDIV-Detroit-Super Bowl Pregame Show Campus Martius, Detroit Winter Blast, Brighton's 1st Jazz and Blues Festival-2006,Oakland University, and many others...
There is a list of radio stations locally playing his music.am/fm/internet... Keeping the Blues Alive is his motto. Paul would like his music to reach out and touch you...
Awards:Detroit Blues Society Solo Entertainer of the Yeay-2002 Detroit Music Award-Outstanding Acoutic /Folk Instrumentaslist-2007 Detroit Music Award-2008 Outstanding Blues/R&B Recording-"Steppin Out" , Outstanding Blues Instrumentalist,Outstanding Song writer Blues /R&B Detroit Music Award-2009 Outstanding Blues/R&B Songwriter Marietta Blues Society Solo/Duo Award Winner River Festival-2009
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