Daniel Jay Paul
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Daniel Jay Paul

South Haven, Michigan, United States

South Haven, Michigan, United States
Band Rock Singer/Songwriter


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New CD - "Songwriter" to be released May 2008, the disc "Once Upon A Time" was released in 2000.



A natural-born romantic, the humble and reclusive Daniel Jay Paul is a creative renaissance man who bridges the gap between literature and music. Some of his credits include writing and producing the CD "Love Keeps On Burning" for the band The Flame, and his own music CD "Once Upon a Time" which was released in 2000. He is also the founder of Sunlight Communication Arts, a music production company.
Plagued with self-doubt, but unwilling to settle for anything short of following his dream of becoming a writer, he worked on toiling deep into the night, all the while supporting himself working in bowling alleys, 7-11's and gas stations. He'll be the first to confess that he's been a long time getting out of his own way; wrestling with the demon of perfectionism, an obsession that can turn a blank piece of paper into a virtual wall of terror.
As a first grade boy, he came home from Oakdale Elementary School with a book of cowboy stories under his arm. He curled up with it on the couch and was awed by the power of the imagination. Since then, he has been trying to harness that power.
After winning some high school journalism awards, he went off to Central Michigan University to become a journalist, but it soon became apparent that you could "reveal more truth" in fiction than in the daily newspaper. So a change of location brought a transfer to the creative writing program of Thomas Jefferson College, and soon thereafter, an independent study on novel writing where the first draft of a novel was produced.
But the story doesn't end there. Years of work perfecting his craft followed. He supported himself working in bowling alleys, 7-11's and gas stations while following his dream of becoming a writer.
It was during the Thomas Jefferson College years, while attending a poetry workshop where the professor said, "You don't write poems, you write song lyrics." There are those who say there are no coincidences, but at this same time a new friend came into his life who was a bass player in a rock-n-roll band. Robert Livingston Jr. became his musical mentor. He went out on rock n' roll gigs with the band Challenge, sleeping on the beach because they didn't earn enough to cover accommodations when they played clubs like Whiskey Creek up at Silver Lake. In exchange Paul learned how to play guitar, and learned how to set his "poems" to music
A visit to Daniel Jay Paul’s studio a half hour inland from where the rolling waters of Lake Michigan crash upon her eastern shore, leads you to the small community of Yankee Springs lying nestled in the woods surrounding a placid lake the Indians long ago named "Gun." There, he resides with his muse, spinning imagination and dreams into stories and songs of love.
In a strange way, one could say the “Songwriter” album was years in the making. As Daniel Jay Paul reached his 30th birthday, he found himself at a crossroads in his life.
Written during a visit to Baton Rouge, LA in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, “Someday I’m Going Home,” not only bears witness to the hundreds of thousands of refugees displaced by the disaster, but also takes on a higher spiritual significance.
"The Last Sunset" is Daniel Jay Paul's first published novel, but he promises many more are on the horizon.