Christien Paul

Christien Paul

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

With his possessions now being able to fit in a car, as opposed to a downtown condo, Christien is setting out on a journey few musicians dare dream about. Armed with a guitar, ukulele, harmonica and a stomp box his music is equally as sparse and draws comparisons to early Ben Harper and Damien Rice.

Biography

It started with silence...

Ten days of complete silence have given Canadian singer/songwriter Christien Paul something to talk about for the rest of his life. In the spring of 2016 Christien took part in a ten day Vipassana meditation retreat, a Buddhist-based exercise in contemplation and introspection. To say it was difficult would be a massive understatement but those ten days may have changed the course of both his life and musical career.

Christien was not adverse to discipline, freelancing as a consultant, becoming accomplished in the martial arts and, at the same time, making great inroads with his music. Now, creeping into his thirties, the bar has been moved. Music is now the defining factor in his life. Possessions are being shed, passports are being updated, songs are being written and gigs are being booked. Southern Ontario is no longer the focus, the world is.

After months of planning Christien will head to France this summer to set-up a satellite music base in Europe which he hopes will gradually radiate out to other European countries. Once that base is secured it is off to the United States and Mexico to establish similar focal points. The honesty in his music is also evident in the series of Vlogs he has started which chronicle his life, you can start here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODIyRnGpjkw

With his possessions now being able to fit in a car, as opposed to a downtown condo, Christien is setting out on a journey few musicians dare dream about. Armed with a guitar, ukulele, harmonica and a stomp box his music is equally as sparse and draws comparisons to early Ben Harper and Damien Rice.

Lyrics

Cuba

Written By: Christien Paul

INTRO
Finally we're here
Veradero my dear
The water is so clear
For cuba we will cheer

CHORUS 1
Together holding hands
We walk along the sand
Hand in hand

In love with you I am
I hope you understand
That i am your man

VERSE 1
I whisper in your ear
I'm happy we are here
I swear it's not the beer
Cause I feel it when you're near

CHORUS 2
I wish that you could see
How much you mean to me
We were made to be

But you seem so far away
And I know i'm here to stay
So Don't Run Away

BRIDGE

CHORUS 3
Read these written scribes
The truth, the crimes and the signs
We'll get it right this time

Love me baby, touch me baby
kiss me baby, hold me baby
come on, don't run away

OUTRO
I miss you I do
Please tell me, tell me what to do
To make you, feel like, I do
To love me, love me, love me, love me too

I Am Ready

Written By: Christien Paul

Verse
hello there
how are you
good thank you
how about you

i'm doing fine I'm in my prime I'm on the grind

Verse
Will you save up?
Can you keep up?
Will you shut up?
Will you fess up?

i feel your guilt just let it out and let me in

Chorus
Are you ready?
I am ready!
Feeling heavy?
Hold me steady?

Verse
But your stuck up?
Will you wake up?
Cause i'm fed up?
Won't you give up?

the walls you've built around yourself once again

Verse
Can you let go?
Will you follow?
Can we go slow?
Dare I say no?

we've crossed the line we've lost the times we had it all

Chorus
Are you ready?
I am ready
Feeling heavy?
Hold me steady?

Do You

Written By: Christien Paul

I'm Tired of Waiting For you
You said you'd move in soon, will you?

I've waited for 5 years and i'm not clear
On why you chose to, live in fear

Do you really want to?
Live the way that they do?
Do you?
I know you love me too, don't you?

I'm scared of, living by their rules
They say that we're too young, that's so dumb
You see me struggling, dreaming
And you're hoping that i'm not failing

Do you really want to?
Live the way that they do?
Do you?
I know you love me too, don't you?

Standing Still

Written By: Christien Paul

Chorus
I'm standing still,
For you I will
My love can't be killed,
This void can't be filled

Verse
A thousand fish in the sea (7)
None quite like you my dear pisces (8)
You are the one, the only one (8)

Convinced it's our destiny
Confused by our shared misery
I know too much, we've said too much

Chorus
I'm standing still,
For you I will
My love can't be killed
This void can't be filled

Verse
I long for you only
You drive me mad and so crazy
The tables turn, when will we learn

I wish upon a star
that you won't fly away too far
We had such fun, and I'm not done

Bridge
Good bye my butterfly
I'll look for you in the sky

Outro
I pray for your return
My love for you still burns
Your trust I'll have to earn
Do you still yearn?

Exit
Illusions give us fear
I'll wait another year
Hope then that things will clear
True love will never, disappear

Discography

STANDING STILL - Released Sept 6th 2011

1) I Am Ready
2) Minou
3) Cuba
4) Do You
5) Standing Still
6) Always
7) Remember me
8) Maybe

Set List

45 minutes on guitar

30 minutes on ukulele