Born October 11, 1968, Paul's musical quest began way before he ever picked up a guitar. He says that his musical education came from roaming around the mountains of Utah, skiing up the canyons and wading through rivers, reading and writing poetry. "I began to write poetry at the age of eight. Most of my poetry was about nature. I always liked songs with poetic imagery within them; that and a strong melody."
Paul was born to a family that grew to seven children, right smack in the middle. His father and mother played the piano, two of his elder three brothers played the piano, therefore that is what his parents wanted him to play. They had a difficult time trying to get him to do it. "I recall the many different houses I went to take lessons at, the faint smells therein, the vague faces and mannerisms of instructors; that's about it. I really didn't want to play the piano." It wasn't until the end of high school (1987) that Paul took interest in the guitar. "My brother bought a blonde colored acoustic. I messed with it now and then (when he wasn't around) and really liked the sound of it."
Over the next ten years or so, Paul was kind of a closet singer/songwriter. He'd written some songs, performed for people in living rooms, but had never really tried to do something with it. Paul went on to get a Bachelor's degree in English Literature, then a Master's degree in Education from The University of Michigan in 1999. "In graduate school I had the opportunity to play in many different small settings. It was then that I first realized and accepted the fact, that people were genuinely liking my songs. I was always such a harsh critic of myself." Paul's confidence grew slowly as he wrote more and more and was able to see the reactions and comments of his listeners.
"I know that different parts of a day have musical needs and I have found a place for Paul's songs. It is when the nervous system says "chill and soar above the hectic and mundane." Teresa Legault (Agent/Los Angeles)
Paul moved to California into a teaching position. He continued to write and perform in clubs and small venues in Bakersfield, Los Angeles, and the Santa Clarita area. Paul teamed up with legendary bass player Jerry Scheff, former player for Elvis, Bob Dylan, The Doors and John Denver, and released his first self-produced CD "Outside the Box." Mark Yeary, former keyboard/piano player for Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson, lent his talents to the project as well. The CD was recorded at Bakersfield Music and Recording Studio.
Paul went on to play in venues like the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Pasadena, The Lilac Festival in Pine Mountain and Borders Books in many different parts of California. He sold more than a couple thousand copies of his CD while at his gigs. People seem to relate to his voice. " Full of all the trademarks of the central California countryside, Larson's voice has a sort of assertive honesty to it that makes it both distinct and familiar. It's perfect for folk." (The Bakersfield Californian.2004)
"Paul's vocals have a richness that at this time is non-present with other artists currently on the radio." (Neal James/Music Producer. Nashville)
Paul now resides in the mountains of southern Utah, continuing to write and make music. His music is being played on different radio stations around the world. Visit www.alphamusicgroup.com in New York City under the "Featured Artist 2" link for a partial listing of radio stations, or visit Paul's website at www.paullarsonmusic.com to listen or read up on Paul.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Through the Window
2. California Evening
3. Out of the Blue
4. When It Comes To Trains
5. Perfect Day
6. The Wasatch
7. Fly By Me
8. Captain's Son
9. Good Time Girl
10. Regular Joe
11. Walk with Me
12. Going Home
14. Outside the Box