An ear for hooks and the energy for percussion that will alter your heartbeat. This guy is gold. -Jennifer Layton, Indie-Music.com
Realize Records recording artist Paul Lewis' sophomore solo album, Trading Horror Stories, is the culmination of three years of the artist observing life, his own personal misfortune and disappointment married with a blindness to failure and the fortitude of a man who knows that his time is just around the corner. Lewis notes, "On this CD I had time to stand back and observe the madness and beauty that goes on daily in the world." Layered with equal measures of inspiration and frustration, Trading Horror Stories takes you on an emotional rollercoaster, reflecting Paul's state of being while writing it. Lewis continues, "I've hung out in mansions and lived in my car simultaneously. Either way it was never boring."
Paul Lewis enjoyed the kind of musical start most artists would have sold their souls for. In the 90's, the Eastern shore of Maryland saw the beginnings of the artist about to fuse with the proverbial lightning strike. With fellow classmates, and the timing of alternative music's peak on mainstream radio, Paul and the band YNOT hit the beach and started a five-year reign in the clubs of Washington/Baltimore/Philadelphia markets. Paul and his band did what no other bands had done before and none have done since. Sellouts after sellouts. The wave was riding high and money and acclaim were coming in by the carload.
Even with a charting album, Billboard recognition, regional acclaim, and financial comforts, eventually, the band dismantled and Paul moved to Los Angeles. After a self-imposed hiatus, he began a solo career. When Lewis re-emerged from the Los Angeles underground in 2001 with his solo debut CD no one, including Paul knew where it would take him. After receiving critical acclaim and sold out shows at such high profile venues as Genghis Cohen and The Roxy, Lewis decided to return to his roots on the East Coast to record a new CD. "I love Los Angeles but for the next project I wanted to be back East to record. Sometimes it's hard to be introspective when it's 75 degrees and sunny everyday.ï¿½ Lewis explains. In an irony as big as the distance between LA and Philadelphia, the same chemistry from the 90's was just around the corner.
However, the next few years were challenging for the songwriter, who struggled through a series of personal crises, including the tragic loss of an ex-band mate, another close friend to cancer and a car accident that left Paul in the hospital, unable to perform for the first time in his life. After a few desperate months, he found himself clawing his way back out again, into the studio reconnected with his former band mates. The result is a sublime collection of 13 songs that experiments with jazz, blues and Latin rhythms while preserving his rock-n-roll edge and pop sensibility. As a songwriter, Lewis looks at life, then questions, embraces and screams back at it with a rich vocal that has evolved with newfound levels of soul and strength.
Professionally, Lewis has performed over 4,000 live shows and the experience has served him well. His live performance has all the ingredients of a true rock show volume, passion, sex, drama, and charisma. A creative and captivating performer that pulls the audience in and doesn't let go. Lewis jokes, "Music first, then sanity." Paul has immersed himself in touring for the new recording. The early response has been reminiscent of a familiar time in the 90's. Turn your head and listen. Chances are, you'll be hearing a Paul Lewis song, funking out somewhere in the distance & rocking your world.
Paul Lewis - Guitar, Lead Vocals
Matt King - Guitar, Backing Vocals
Jeff Apple - Bass, Backing Vocals
Michael Wolf - Drums, Backing Vocals
Trading Horror Stories - August 2005
Y-NOT: The Archives Volume I - May 2004
Get On With It - January 2002
6 Years, 8 Months & 16 Days - 1998
Tattooed Room #219 - 1995
A Thrilled Voice - 1992
Y-Not The EP - 1991
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"Lewis' overall vocal range is impressive, including occasional a cappella bridges. Lewis presented ..."Lewis' overall vocal range is impressive, including occasional a cappella bridges. Lewis presented his songs with infectious energy."
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“An ear for hooks and the energy for percussion that will alter your heartbeat. Every song on his so...“An ear for hooks and the energy for percussion that will alter your heartbeat. Every song on his solo debut should be a radio hit. This guy is gold.”
98 Rock Baltimore
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"Paul's impassioned vocal style coupled with biting, intelligent Lyrics make his music more memorab..."Paul's impassioned vocal style coupled with biting, intelligent
Lyrics make his music more memorable than anything out there."
"One of the best front men to emerge from the Mid-Atlantic."
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"A singer/songwriter, who mesmerizes audiences with stage presence and impassioned vocals that can f..."A singer/songwriter, who mesmerizes audiences with stage presence and impassioned vocals that can fill a stadium."
An avid performer with multi-layered songs that should make him an instant hit among music fans."
106.9 The X
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"When enjoying the performing arts, one should see a performing artist...Paul Lewis...lyrics filled ..."When enjoying the performing arts, one should see a performing artist...Paul Lewis...lyrics filled with enough optimism to silence today's pessimistic culture...hope filled harmonies and melodies that shout from the soul!"
Key Of DE
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"This guy is a must see live. Few people these days are doing the type of show that Paul does...and ..."This guy is a must see live. Few people these days are doing the type of show that Paul does...and by all means commands your attention."
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We added Paul's single, "Original Sin" to our play list two months ago. It's still is our rotation....We added Paul's single, "Original Sin" to our play list two months ago. It's still is our rotation. It's one of our most requested new songs." His new cd could be a breakout record for him.
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"Original Sin" for me showed Paul's continued growth and ability to show his talents. We're getting..."Original Sin" for me showed Paul's continued growth and ability to show his talents. We're getting lots of calls on it!
A typical set is a 75 minute set of original material.
Also can play a two-set show that includes cover songs.
Paul Lewis - So Strange
Paul Lewis - It Touches Me
Paul Lewis - This Time
Paul Lewis - Stone
Paul Lewis - Good Night & Good Luck
Paul Lewis - In A Day
Paul Lewis - She's Monocromatic
Paul Lewis - Elizabeth
Paul Lewis - Get On With It
Paul Lewis - Alone
Paul Lewis - Red
Paul Lewis - She Speaks To Me
Paul Lewis - Eyes
Paul Lewis - Original Sin
Paul Lewis - Lost
Paul Lewis - Last Resort
Paul Lewis - It Can Happen
YNOT - World So Afraid
YNOT - Falling Forward
YNOT - E.A.P.
YNOT - No Sense At All
YNOT - Rough Road
YNOT - The Painting
YNOT - Paperhouse
The Beatles - Revolution
Blondie - One Way Or Another
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
David Bowie - Suffragette City
David Bowie - Heroes
Elvis Costello - Lipstick Vogue
Cracker - Low
The Cure - Just Like Heaven
Duran Duran - Ordinary World
Foo Fighters - Learn To Fly
Peter Gabriel - In Your Eyes
Green Day - Give Me Novacaine
Incubus - Drive
Pearl Jam - Betterman
The Police - So Lonely
Prince - Purple Rain
Prince - 7
Psychadelic Furs - Pretty In Pink
Seal - Crazy
Stone Temple Pilots - Vasoline
Tonic - If You Could Only See
T-Rex - 20th Century Boy
U2 - Bullet The Blue Sky
There are no upcoming dates at this time.