PAUL YOUNG and special guests CHINA CRISIS are to play LONDON – ULU (London University) on Sunday 18th February 2018!
Born on 17th January 1956, Paul Anthony Young was the middle child of three. His interest in music dates back to when he was very young, when he learnt to play piano and then the guitar. On leaving school he worked with his father for Vauxhall Motors and played in various bands at night. He played Bass guitar in his first band but eventually lack of demand for bass players
led him back to his first passion, singing. These were lean times musically because his preferred style of music – Soul, was not particularly popular.
However he managed to sing in various bands such as Kat Kool & The Kool Kats and later in the better known Street Band.
In December of 79’ the Street band broke up and Paul went on to form the Q- Tips. During the next two years Paul introduced himself to more and more of the British public through the
Q-Tips extensive touring playing 700 shows all over the UK. This period of intense activity gave Paul the chance to develop his unique voice and stage persona. The Q-Tips went their separate
ways at the end of 82’ and Paul signed as a solo artist with CBS/SONY Records.
Paul really came into his own with a formidably accomplished solo debut album, “NO PARLEZ” released in 83’ and including the number one single “Wherever I Lay My Hat” which maintained the number 1
spot for most of that summer followed by “Come Back And Stay” which maintained Paul’s presence at the top of the charts.
With the release of his second album “The Secret Of Association” and the success of “Every Time You Go Away” his status as a world star was confirmed. In 1987, Paul recorded his third album “Between Two Fires” in Milan where he met the Italian singer Zucchero. They became good friend and were later to collaborate very successfully.
One of the highlights of the 1989 “Nelson Mandela Tribute Concert” was Paul’s performance of the Crowded House song “Don’t Dream It’s Over” which he later recorded for his best of album.
There followed a period of time out to be with his growing family followed by time spent in America where he was to record in Los Angeles and New York the material for his fourth album “Other Voices”.
In 1991, Paul recorded a duet with his friend Zuchero on the soon to be worldwide popular “ Sensa Una Donna” which along with the fore mentioned “Don’t Dream It’s Over” were featured on his best of album
“From Time To Time”.
During 1996 Paul prepared new material with long time collaborator, singer / songwriter Drew Barfield, he set about assembling a collection of songs which became the self-titled album “Paul Young”. This was full of introspective, storyline songs inspired by Paul’s trips to the Southwest of America. The “Paul Young” album was released on the East West label in May of 97’.
In 2006, with the help of producer Dieter Falk and uber- arrangers Steve Sidwell and Simon Clark, Paul released a Swing album for the German, Austrian and Swiss markets entitled “Rock Swings – On The Wild Side Of Swing”.
Paul continues to write, record and play live. He is breaking new ground each year. In 2009 he toured Israel, New Zealand and Croatia for the first time, amongst the many other countries
he regularly visits. These dates were in support of the “No Parlez 25th Anniversary Edition” re-release of his first solo album.
2012 saw Paul release his first published Cookbook, featuring his favourite recipes gathered from the many places his career has taken him to.
The latter part of 2014 found Paul in discussions with Producer Arthur Baker, which led to the idea of making an album of their favourite & neglected Soul tunes. In the early part of 2015,
Arthur brought on to the project as co-producer James Hallawell, and work on the record continued throughout the year subject to Paul’s live diary.
Towards the end of 2015, Paul was contacted by Gary Barlow (Take That) and asked to consider recording a song for a soundtrack that Gary was producing for a movie based around the story of Eddie The Eagle (which was
released in March 2016) The song in question “People Like Us” was a perfect fit for Paul.
2016, saw Paul Young release his brand new album “Good Thing”. Paul has recorded a collection of Memphis Soul tunes and this will be Paul’s first soul album in 20 years.
Paul regularly performs with his ongoing side venture, the Los Pacaminos too.