Paul Millns

 

 

 

Paul Millns est un pianiste originaire de Norfolk et a débuté dans la musique, en terme de carrière, vers la fin des années 60 .

Son influence était et demeure le blues bien qu'il aborde avec la soul, les ballades, le rock et le jazz avec un même talent.

Bien loin de Norflok, Paul a exploré quantité de pays en jouant des groupes tels qu'Alexis Korner, Eric Burdon  ainsi qu'en accompagnant des chanteurs de blues américains : Peter Thorup, Dr Hook Denis ou encore Jo Ann Kelly pour ne citer qu'eux.

Par la suite, il choisit de se produire en solo et a même ouvert les concerts de John Mayall, Ralph McTell, David Crosby et John Marlyn.

Il a ainsi parcouru le Canada, les USA et joue encore régulièrement en Europe.

Outre son talent indéniable de pianiste, Paul Millns est habité par une voix particulière que l'on a comparée à celle de Ray Charles…

 

 

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Raised in Norfolk, Paul started his musical career in the late 60's and early 70's playing piano and keyboards with blues and soul bands, music which was to be a great influence throughout his career. He subsequently toured the world in the bands of Alexis Korner, Eric Burdon, various visiting American blues singers such as Louisiana Red, Bert Jansch, Jo Ann Kelly, Peter Thorup and Dr Hook's Denis Le Corrier. Later as a solo artist he opened concerts for John Mayall, David Crosby, Ralph McTell, and John Martyn

Appearances on European TV shows, especially a solo show on the biggest TV rock program of the 80's - ..Rock Palast' in Germany, have maintained his reputation

He has performed in the US and Canada and now tours regularly throughout Europe both solo and with the backing of top British musicians, including critically acclaimed appearances in the main continental festivals and in Britain at the Edinburgh Arts and Cambridge Festivals. The soul quality of his vocal style has been compared with early hero Ray Charles and Joe Cocker, and his piano style from Memphis Slim to Lenny Tristano.

 



''His music defies categories, spanning earthy blues, love ballads, soul, rock and jazz. He has one of the most expressive voices you will ever hear, and he uses it to bring out all the emotions he packs into some superb lyrics' MUSIC WEEK

The new Paul Millns Album "UNDERCOVER" gets its UK Release on the 13th September 2007 on the Wayra Record Partnership Label. UK Dates will follow a showcase with BBC Radio in the near future.

Paul is touring in Europe, where his album "UNDERCOVER" featuring all new compositions is currently release

Pianist for blues stars like Alexis Korner and Eric Burdon, Paul has been recognized in Europe as an outstanding singer, songwriter with his twelfth solo album recently released in UK by Sanctuary Records. His songs have been widely recorded by such singers as Bonnie Tyler and Elkie Brooks. His new album UNDERCOVER has just been released in Europe.

''If there was any justice in the musical world, he would be filling the biggest halls in the land'' THE SCOTSMAN

MORE SONG SAMPLES FROM PAUL'S ALBUMS, INFORMATION AND PHOTOGRAPHS CAN BE FOUND ON PAUL'S WEBSITE

 

 

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His songs often retain his soul and blues background, but unusually range in subject material across social, political and personal relationships. His songs have been translated into many languages and have even been the source of ballet choreography.

The main breakthrough for Paul as a composer was Elkie Brooks recording ''Too much between us'' for her hit album ''Pearls 2'. Many other artists have performed and recorded his songs, most recently Bonny Tyler singing "Forget her"on her "Free Spirit" album. Paul has composed music and songs for more European film productions and music for Thames TV, Channel Four and BBC Two programs including TV Society and BAFTA award winners. In 2003, he composed the orchestral music for the BBC film. JLB, directed by Jan Leman which was repeatedly shown on BBC 4 and BBC 2

Paul has recently enjoyed writing with long time friend Benny Gallagher of Gallagher and Lyle fame, with Chris Neil, the producer and writer of Mike and the Mechanics and top-selling artist Celine Dion, and with top writers in Nashville.

A trip to Russia took place in April 2000 working with a top Russian symphony orchestra on an ambitious new ballet project involving Paul's music with dance and art. First concert performances of this work Papillons took place with full orchestra and choir in Switzerland and France October 2005

 

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