Paul Vincent & the Invisible Panthers
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Paul Vincent & the Invisible Panthers

Bakersfield, CA | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | INDIE

Bakersfield, CA | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2013
Band R&B Neo Soul


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"ScrapIron26 Music helps expand music industry in Bakersfield"

ScrapIron26 Music helps expand music industry in Bakersfield

Growing up around parents who were heavily involved in music, it's only fitting that Erric Walker would want to pursue a career in that industry as well.

"My parents sang in a mass community choir called the Golden Voices of Triumph, which was part of the Bakersfield Singer's Association. I traveled with them, all over California, Washington and Oregon," said Walker.

Not only did he observe them, he was also part of GVT's children's choir and enjoyed singing with the youth choir at St. John Missionary Baptist Church.

Music was in his blood, and during his time at San Jose State, he began traveling through the Bay Area with the band of a talented musician called Protege.

"For many years, we seemed to be very close to getting a major recording deal, but things just didn't pan out," said Walker. "We were totally a self-contained band, but it came to a point, where it was so difficult to find someone to represent the band that we could trust, we eventually disbanded."

That's when Walker decided to turn his passion into a business rather than just a hobby. In 2013, Walker and Anthony Randolph started ScrapIron26 Music, a label focused on finding "good quality" music in Bakersfield. The two have been collaborating on music since high school, and the record label seemed to be that next step in their friendship.

Walker wears many hats as manager, PR officer, A&R, accountant, lawyer, travel agent and secretary. He is also involved with almost every aspect of the music label, with music pre-production, copyright documentation, ASCAP documentation, label marketing, and promotions and budgeting.

"I can have control of what goes on with the label," he said. "(I) also surround myself with a team of producers, musicians and artists whom I can trust."

Right now, the label is working with its first client, Paul Vincent, whose complete album will be released in March. Walker noted that while working with Vincent, he had to understand the musician's passion for singing and writing lyrics.

"I understand the struggle of trying to make it as a recording artist. I wanted him to have his freedom but realize that music is infinite," Walker said of the soulful vocalist. "I want the artist to feel good about what they are doing. As I watch him grow as an artist and a person, it makes me proud to know the positive effect we can make on this business. This label represents a legacy of people from our past, present and future."

Walker and Randolph plan to produce and release a tour with a bigger roster of artists in the future, putting out more of that "good quality" music.

ScrapIron26 is always looking for new talent, and Walker said he likes to check out new music and artists on SoundCloud. For aspiring musicians, Walker has some tried and true advice.

"This is hard work," he said. "There is no entitlement when it comes this business. Take care of your paperwork first." - Shelby Parker


Still working on that hot first release.



Introducing to you…Soul singer Paul Vincent grew up in a musical house filled with jazz, soul, gospel, and blues. Like many other singers he got his start in church. Realizing that singing was his passion, he developed his craft by listening to all genre’s, playing the saxophone, and being trained in classical opera choral music. After graduating high school, the California native headed to Texas where his musical talents continued to grow by singing in gospel groups. The move to Texas led him to singing background vocals for gospel artists Tamela Mann, Norman Hutchins, & Jonathan Nelson. With the knowledge he acquired from Texas. Paul Vincent, then relocated to Atlanta where his vocal abilities created more opportunities for his artistry to grow. Vincent dove straight into the music scene by singing background vocals for independent, ATL artists. Wanting to take a step further, he ventured into the Theater world, where he was cast in the Alliance Theater’s, “Jesus Christ Superstar Gospel.” Through the 2 1/2 month run of the play, he met many connections that lead him to other stage plays working as a pit singer in plays with Ruby Dee, Q Parker (112), and PJ Morton. Paul Vincent continued to sing around the city, honing his craft at open mic’s and the like. While doing so, more opportunities opened up for him, one of which was singing background vocals for Cherrelle. While performing at a showcase alongside r&b crooner J.Holiday, PaulVincent made a connection that lead him to opening up for soul singer Dwele. Since then, he has shared the stage with Truth Hurts, D. Woods (Danity Kane), and Chaz Sheppard. Now he is residing in Central California, putting the finishing touches on his Debut Album,“Black-Sheep”, on Scrapiron26 Music. His 6-piece band, The Invisible Panthers, keep it funky!!
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