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Paula Held

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Austin, TX
Peace Dale, Rhode Island
Email and booking
Official Website - EPK and DRIVE audio
Facebook Fan Page
Twitter
Reverbnation - demos of new material, videos and schedule of shows

Description:

"Paula [Held] is a superb song crafts-person with emotion to spare and a good story at every turn. I highly recommend that if you see [her name] on the schedule of your favorite club that you leave the dishes for tomorrow and go check [her] out." ~ Ron Welch of the Swinging Gringos (Houston, TX)

"With a voice as immediately familiar and tender as a dear friend or fondly remembered lover, Held spins her songs from natural imager and a vivid sensual lexicon. She draws from the finest and most sophisticated strains across the breadth of popular music to weave a sound that transcends genre to become timeless and endearing." ~ Rob Patterson, Music Critic, Austin TX

PAULA HELD BAND
Rock, Jazz and Blues ... put on your dancing shoes.

Awesome new band, composed of four great musicians forged around Paula Held's original music ... melodic, gritty, spare, sensual, heady, complex, lyrical, rhythmic, toe-tapping, fist-crying pop, rock and jazz-influenced, with Chris Bennett on drums, Russell K Shores on bass, Paul Haake on guitar, and Steve Bernstein on tenor sax ... drawing on vast and diverse combined musical knowledge and styles, and uncanny interpretative skills. Together, they're creating something new and unique in Austin -- worth taking a look.

ABOUT PAULA
Paula is an award-winning, Austin-based performing songwriter. Raised in New England and Spain, her music is informed by a variety of influences from classical music and popular jazz, to folk, rock & blues. Since arriving in Austin in 2005, she's gained steady recognition and respect as a songwriter, vocalist and guitarist with a penchant for melody, storytelling and poetic lyricism. She's appeared regularly at such venues as the Cactus Cafe (Austin), the Bugle Boy (La Grange) and Anderson Fair (Houston), Austin's own Driskill Bar and Momo's Club, and on the stage at the Bluebird Cafe (Nashville TN), Labyrinth Walk Coffeehouse (Dallas) and Uncle Calvin's (Dallas). She perfromed for two years with noted guitarist Andrew Hardin (www.andrewhardin.com). Paula's music is described as lyrically rich, melodic and sensual. Her voice is cited as reminiscent of Eva Cassidy and Nora Jones.

PRESS
" ... a curiously addictive marriage of folk, pop and jazz influences." ARTHUR WOOD, Maverick Magazine, UK

"Paula adds new ideas to the jazz-related work of now famous female artists like Norah Jones, Diana Krall and Madeleine Peyroux. Her songs are beautiful, the melody lines fine, her voice flexible and sultry." FRED SCHMALE, Real Roots Cafe, Netherlands

" 'DRIVE' is no freshman effort; these are songs written by someone whos been wise enough to wait until her time is ripe. Paula Helds ... strength lies in avoiding the singer-songwriter trap, which she does neatly by employing jazzy, poppy arrangements, bolstered by veteran producer Stephen Doster's touch. " MARGARET MOSER, Austin Chronicle

PROJECTS
DRIVE (2010) Produced by Stephen Doster at EAR, Austin featuring Stephen Doster and noted session players and musicians Red Young (Eric Burden), Ephraim Owens, J.J. Johnson (John Mayer) & Chris Maresh

AWARDS
2012 ~ New Folk Competition Finalist, Kerrville TX
2011 ~ Finalist Wildflower contest, Richardson TX
2010 ~ Double-finalist John Lennon Songwriting Contest, New York NY
2010 ~ Finalist Songwriter Serenade contest, Hallettsville TX
2010 ~ Austin Songwriters Group (ASG) Competition Finalist, Austin TX
2010 ~ ASG Bluebird Contest winner, Austin TX
2008 ~ ASG Scholarship recipient, Austin TX
2008 ~ Bugle Boy Showcase Finalist, La Grange TX

BOOKING
turningmoonmusic@yourvillage.com

WEB PRESENCE:
www.paulaheld.com
www.reverbnation.com/paulaheld
www.facebook.com/paulaheldsongwriter
www.facebook.com/paulaheld
www.twitter.com/paulaheld
www.linkedin.com/in/pauaheld

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