Influences & Repertoire
Since learning to play the piano at age 6 Da’paul's influences are many. The following artists have contributed in shaping his appreciation of music and repertoire:
Art Tatum, Horace Silver, Erroll Garner, Oscar Peterson, Nat King Cole, George Shearing, Charlie Parker, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, George Duke, Bill Evans, Billy Taylor, Monty Alexander, Billy Preston, Richard Smallwood, Thomas Whitefield, Hawkins Family, Winans, Andre Crouch, James Cleveland, Sly and the Family Stone, Commisioned, Larry Graham, Jaco Pastorius, Quincy Jones, Ramsey Lewis, Take Six, Don Blackmon, Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Sammy Davis Jnr, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Sly Stone, James Brown, Frankie Beverly, Chaka Khan, K-Ci & JoJo, Heatwave, El Debarge, Kenny Lattimore, Monica, Lauren Hill, Al Green, Roxy Music, Mary J. Blige,
Gladys Knight & The Pips, Barry White, Anita Baker, Eric Clapton, Michael Bolton, Aaron Neville, Van Morrison, Righteous Brothers, Mary J. Blige, The Stylistics, Journey, Sting, Isley Brothers, Kenny Lattimore, Rod Stewart, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, All-4-One, ForeignerBebe & Cece, Taylor Dayne, The Jackson 5, R. Kelly, Bob Marley, The Temptations.
Da’Paul performs Jazz/Blues/ Motown/Stax/Atlantic classics by artists such as Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jnr, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Sly Stone, James Brown, Frankie Beverly and many more old-skool/rare groove songs from the 60's, 70's and 80's. His piano/vocal style is unique and versatile due to his experiences of gospel/jazz/pop music from an early age. Working professionally in the pop music industry since 1990 has given Da’Paul vast experience in performing to a variety of audiences internationally.