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Paula Harris

Born: May 18, 1966    Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Paula Harris

“If Etta James Fronted the Tower of Power and they were a blues Band- THAT is what Paula Harris sounds like!” That’s not a bad way to be described when you’re a mid-forties musician that most people told to “Give up”. But Paula has shown a remarkable belief in her talent and followed her dream even against the odds. And it’s a good thing she has because in the last year, she has blazed into the “Blues Scene” like a meteor. She won the Monterey Blues Festival's “2012 Battle of the Bands” in November as a warm up to representing the San Francisco Bay Area in the International Blues Challenge( held in Memphis TN) where she placed in the Top Three Best Bands in the world wide competition after receiving standing ovations at all stages of the competition...
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Awards:

2013 Blues Music Award Nominee- Best New Artist Debut-for the album "Turning on the Naughty" 2013 Blues Blast Music Award Nominee-Sean Costello Rising Star Award 2013 Blues Blast Music Award Nominee- Best New Artist 2012 International Blues Challenge third place winner in the World wide band category. 2012 Golden Gate Blues Society's Battle of the Bands Grand Champion 2012 Monterey Blues Festival's "Battle of the Bands" Winner
”With Harris’ powerful vibrato and gamut of original tunes laden with humor, sexual innuendo and relationship reflection, the green-eyed South Carolina native embodies some of the same stuff that made Etta James a legend before her. Harris has seemingly unlimited range, the lung capacity of a mythical entity and Ruth Brown-caliber self- assuredness.” -Adam Joseph, Monterey Weekly

“The Highest Point, even for Harris, may have been the song she did as a tribute to her idol and Main Influence, Etta James. ‘Damn Your Eyes,’ soulful and haunting, drew applause well before she was finished.” -Front Page, Monterey Herald

“One of the finest voices in modern blues and her interpretation is impeccable.” -WIlliam Bell, Principal Architect of the Stax/Volt Sound, WC Handy Award Recipient, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, and CEO Wilbe Records

“Paula, Are you Black or White?”- Ray CHarles

“My GOD!! What a Voice!!” - William Shatner

“ A Vanilla Coating on a Chocolate Soul”- Lou Rawls

“I've recorded a lot of material just for the money- but this! THIS is something I am really proud of.”(Said of Paula's New CD “Turning on the Naughty”) -Mic Gillette, Trumpet and Trombone for the “ Tower of Power”

“Paula is the REAL deal!” - Tom Politzer, Saxaphone- Tower of Power

“I book National and International “Big Name” acts nightly and Paula is WAY better than most of them! She is a REAL talent.” -Steven Suen, Owner & CEO if Biscuits and Blues in San Francisco, KBA Award reecipient ”Paula Harris captures the Blues with flawless phrasing and a freedom of expression that ignites the audience. Her unique vocal quality pushes the boundaries and seeing her perform will make you a believer. She is the Hottest thing to hit the Blues Scene is years!” -Dorothy Hill,Blues Journalist and President Golden Gate Blues Society

“Harris' versatile pitch-perfect voice may have carried effortlessly to the back row of the arena without amplifiers. Her stage presence was natural and polished, with shakin'-all-over dance moves, a flirty personality and a contagious smile indicative of a performer who appeared to be having the best time of her life.” -Dennis Taylor, Herald Staff Writer

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