Meet Paul Pashley; Classic, Original, Contemporary - the singer with the velvet voice, good looks and engaging showmanship. He is serving up exciting originals and contemporary classics with his own unique twist as well as brave, new jazz swing arrangements of the Standards.
His strong, melodic trademark voice breathes fresh life into the genre. His timing, phrasing, interpretation and microphone technique are a joy to behold. Sashaying his way through the great works of Sammy Cahn, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Cy Coleman and other classic from 'The American Songbook' with ease, Paul possesses a vocal versatility, which enables him to effortlessly drift into other musical genres.
After gaining BA honours in Performing Arts and participating in a number of stage productions from the age of 14, his singing voice came to the attention of a successful UK theatre promoter who eagerly invited him to audition for a touring big band show. A testament to his incredible voice, not only did he get the job, but was asked to start that night (without a rehearsal) landing his first full blown big band performance in front of a packed house.
Theatre dates followed with Paul fronting different big band shows, notably 'The Memphis Belle Orchestra' a spin-off from the Hollywood war movie of the same name. Since then, he has played some of the biggest venues the country and world has to offer, and to critical acclaim. With numerous high profile companies and celebrities clamouring to book his velvet tones for their exclusive events from corporate engagements, to providing entertainment at that special wedding day (Paul was flown to Italy after being requested to perform at the highly publicised 'Rooney Wedding')
He can also count Sir Alex Ferguson and Philomena Lynott mother of Thin Lizzy rock legend Phil Lynott amongst his many celebrity fans. In fact Philomena highly rates his version of her son's classic Thin Lizzy hit 'Dancing In The Moonlight'
Whether performing beside his four-piece, seven-piece or bigger ensemble, Paul offers his own innovative takes on modern material embellishing them with his unique brand of sophisticated swing - jazz that feature stunning originals.
The designer suit, white shirt and black tie are simply one facet of Paul's personality. Opting for a jeans T-shirt James Dean-style photo shoot, Paul is putting the swagger into swing / Jazz. With an edgy, cool sense of sophistication his style will strike a chord with the contemporary audience.
Purists are also catered for as his sets can include crowd pleasers like Sway, L-O-V-E, The Summerwind, From Russia with Love and his unique own arrangement of Porter's classic "I've Got You Under My Skin' showing that like his contemporaries he is doing it his way.
Paul enthuses: "I have great admiration for performers such as Cullum, Bublé and Krall... All of these contemporary singers take numbers that have been around a lot longer than they have, each offer their own spin on them as do I."
Many believe that there is no other singer in the UK quite like Pashley; a hidden gem in a market awash with reality TV show hopefuls and cabaret singers. His live performances have helped him generate a buzz and a firm fan base.
In addition to performing live, Paul is currently honing his skills as a recording artist and writer working on other exciting projects. One includes the recent release of his STUNNING debut album 'More..' (click for review) which is already generating acclaim within the industry.
Alongside his album 'More..' Paul has been involved in many other projects and currently un-signed, Paul is now looking forward to seeing what exciting future acquaintances, projects and challenges lay ahead after the release of his latest EP, produced and co - written with acclaimed writer and artist Steve Edwards.
2016 saw Paul appear on THE VOICE (UK) and fought off hard competition from thousands of hopefuls to eventually stand before a panel of celebrity judge's to which WILL I AM praised him stating Paul's 'Voice Is great'. Under contract to Manchester United as their corporate vocalist, In October 2016, Paul was flown to Los Angeles by them to perform at their 'Partner Conference' where he sang in front of VIP guests of the club performing a set and sharing the stage with WILL I AM.