Since 1976 Paul has worked as a Songwriter, Composer, Producer and Performer in the UK and around the world. He has received an Ivor Novello Award from the British Academy of Songwriters and Composers and a Dove Award (and two nominations) from GMA in Nashville along with numerous other awards from ASCAP in the USA. He has had #1 chart success with his songs in the UK, USA, Holland, South Africa and Germany. He has received many Platinum and Gold records for his work. He lives in Devon where he has his own Recording Studio.
In recent years he’s also worked as a part time Lecturer at Bath Spa University on their MA Songwriting course, critiquing students work and leading several Master classes. He also runs his own Songwriting workshops.
Much of his work today revolves around using songs and music (integrating where possible other creative disciplines such as video, dance and photography) to highlight Social Justice issues and explore how music can be used to explore our emotional responses to them. In a contemporary way relating to the power of the ‘protest song’ and it’s historical impact.
In 2001 & 2002 Paul travelled to India for a project sponsored by Christian Aid to highlight the oppression of the ‘Dalit’ caste (formerly known as the ‘untouchables’). Recording their unique drum based music on location and writing songs around those recordings to bring their situation to the attention of a western audience.
More recently he’s worked on a self funded project called ‘Cargo’ (together with the Human rights organizations ‘Anti Slavery International’ and ‘Stop the Traffik’) using the history of the abolition of the Slave trade to focus on the extent of contemporary slavery and the many different aspects of the growth of human trafficking in todays Society
Some of the Publishers of Paul’s songs & music are :
EMI (Nashville & London) : Windswept Pacific : Sony : ATV : Virgin :
Universal Songs : Song solutions : Out of the Ark Music : De Wolfe Music : RSM Music.
His songs have been recorded by many international artists including :
Avalon : Elkie Brooks : Michael English : Natalie Grant : Rebecca St James : Sharon Kipps : Jacky : Jennifer Knapp : Kees Krajenoord : KWS : LA ‘The Voices’ : Ralph van Manen : Katie Meluah : Rob de Nys : Cliff Richard : Romanz : Pam Sheyne : The Techno Twins : Jaqui Velasquez : Tammy Wynnette : Wynonna.
Some of the organizations & events who’ve used Paul’s Music are :
The BBC : Sky Television : American Apollo Astronauts orbiting the moon : The opening of the 2000 Paralympics : World Youth day in Australia : The Archbishop of Canterbury : The Queen’s Christmas message 2004 : Buckingham Palace Olympic Concert 2012 : British Rail : The Heinz Corporation : The Cabbage Patch Kids (USA) : Christian Aid : Astrofarm : Guinness : The European News Network : Japanese TV and the Tokyo Motor Show.
As a Music producer and arranger he’s recorded projects for a wide range of different artists and clients. From Pop and Country to Classical, Heavy Rock to Children's songs, Dalit drumming in India to Sea Shanties in Devon, Corporate Videos for Companies to the Lambeth Conference for the Archbishop of Canterbury.
As a performer he’s worked with many different artists live and in the studio including :
Cliff Richard : Rick Wakeman : Gloria Gaynor : Phil Everley : Paul Jones : Amy Grant : Lesley Ashe, David & Carrie Grant : Chris Rea : Andre Crouch : Jessy Dixon : Katy Meluah.