DaPaul’s roots hail back to a Caribbean church in London where he found and nurtured his love for the piano and singing as a pianist playing choral hymns and Caribbean folk spirituals. Influenced by gospel and also jazz, soul blues and pop, DaPaul has nutured his talent for songwriting by listening to artists like; The Winans, Hawkins Family, Andre Crouch, Commissioned, Thomas Whitefield, Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, Art Tatum, Erroll Garner, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, George Shearing, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, Prince, The Jacksons, Kool & The Gang, Shalamar, Chic, Gap Band, and many more. His formative years in the industry began in the mid 90’s as a session musician/backing vocalist recording and performing with UK/US artists; Eternal, Louise, MN8, Cleopatra, Alexander O'Neal, Jhelisa Anderson, Rhonda Thomas, Kloud 9, Des'ree, and Gabrielle. He has also appeared on various TV promos: Jools Holland, GMTV, National Lottery Live, VH1, TOTP, Montreaux Jazz Festival, and The World Music Awards.
Throughout DaPaul’s career he has always nurtured the craft of songwriting and in 2009 started on his quest to complete his debut album. This was an independent ongoing project which required tenacity, perfectionism and determination. Well, it seems DaPaul achieved his goal when his album ‘Soulful Spirit’ received this review;
'My Gift' is a grateful tribute to the good that lifts our spirits higher and further. It is the first single from his debut album 'Soulful Spirit', released in December 2012, and is just a taste of this well-anticipated album, to be released in May 2013.
1. DaPaul’s album ‘Soulful Spirit’ was launched on 30th April 2013 in association with Jazzmo'thology, MAP Studio Cafe with sponsorship from The Windrush Foundation.
2. Soulful Spirit reached no.3 in the UK Soul Chart www.uksoulchart.com
(week of Dec 9th 2013).
4. Peter Young @ Jazz FM featured 'She's So Entertaining' as Track Of The Week' in July 2013.
5. Featured – Artist Of The Week on Sound Fusion Radio – Nov 23rd -27th 2015.
LONDON TOWN Single & Official Music Video was released on Dec 5th 2015 and won the AKADEMIA AWARD for Best Pop/Funk Song for Dec 2015 and also reached no.3 in the upcoming100 Chart