Just two weeks after he picked up his first guitar, Jim Paradis joined a blues band. He was thirteen years old. But this unique singer/songwriter soon widened his musical horizons by becoming a member of an original progressive rock band, then a touring Rock and Roll band. Jim also enjoyed playing bass and singing in Gary Burr’s band, showcasing Gary's original songs, including "Love's Been a Little Bit Hard on Me," which launched Gary's Hall of Fame songwriting career.
Since then Jim has written hundreds of songs, recorded 3 CD's with October Moon and 2 solo CDs, "You are Here,” and his newly released "Almost Home." He is back in the studio working on his next release for the Summer of 2012. Jim often writes alone, but sometimes collaborates with October Moon band mate, Mark Mirando, or with Diane Solomon, known for her television variety show in England, as well as Gary Burr.
The songs Jim Paradis writes evoke a sense of home, love & loss and the changes life brings to a searching soul. Jim’s smooth, melodic voice and finger-style guitar work are the perfect compliment for his intimate and philosophical lyrics. But it is his magnetic warmth that lifts him above the rest; Jim draws people into the stories, into the energy, into the emotion of his heartfelt songs.
Now performing on stages, coffee houses and clubs throughout New England, New York, Boston and Nashville, Jim Paradis has shared the stage with many notables such as Gary Burr, Mark Mirando and Diane Solomon, as well as Ace, James Cotton Blues Band, Vance Gilbert, Angela Clemmons, Marc Douglas Berardo, Rupert Wates, Brad Yoder, Eric Burdon and the Animals, Dick Neal, Chuck E Costa, Eric Lichter, NRBQ, Fran McKendree.
Jim Paradis - Acoustic guitar/Lead vocals
Seeing Things Clearer, October Moon, 1999
Black and White, October Moon, 2000
Never Gone, October Moon, 2001
You Are Here, Jim Paradis, 2003
Almost Home, Jim Paradis, 2010
Usually an original set list between 45 minutes and 1 hour. can do up to 3 hours with 1 or 2 breaks. The longer shows might include covers by artists such as; Dan Fogelberg, Cat Stevens, Van Morrison, Beatles, Billy Joel, David Gray....
There are no upcoming dates at this time.