Paula Harris

Paula Harris

 Daly City, California, USA
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Paula won a slot in the top 3 bands in the 2012 International Blues Challenge(100's competed). She is also the Monterey Blues Festival 2012 Battle of the Bands winner. William Bell (Stax Records/WC Handy Award Recipient) describes Paula as "One of the finest modern blues voices around"

Biography

Paula looks like an elegant southern housewife with a penchant for big hair & rhinestones. When questioned about it – she laughs and says it’s a leftover from her days as a beauty queen. Although older and heavier than she once was- that VOICE- is better than ever. Audiences who expect her to be country based on her looks- are often stunned by the sheer soul she projects when she sings. She is the exact opposite of what you’d expect a blues singer to look like. But from the first moment she opens her mouth – people are riveted as Paula takes them on a journey of the full spectrum of “The Blues”. Fans leaving one of Paula's show only want to know one thing: "When is the next show?" Her music has been described as Impudent, Soulful, Funky, Humorous, and Passionate....but always entertaining!

Paula has been called “ White Chocolate” by numerous fans due to her delivery- which anyone not looking at her would expect to be coming from a black gospel singer. But Paula, originally from South Carolina, is a classic example of why you shouldn’t make assumptions based on appearance. Paula, a self proclaimed “musical mutt”, has credited Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Diane Schuur, Koko Taylor and Chaka Khan as her chief influences- but also says she pulls from a wide variety of genres such a Broadway, Funk, Soul and Jazz to inspire her unique sound and delivery of Blues.

In addition to having a fantastic soulful voice, Paula also has a stage presence that is worthy of any Broadway Musical. She gravitates towards songs that have funny feisty lyrics and slightly naughty double entendres. Her command of an audience is such that you can hear a pin drop at times during song breaks as she stops conversation. And one of the most unique things about her is the comfortable warmth she exudes to her audience. She makes you feel like you’re in her living room and she is performing just for you. Her entire body from her toes to her eyes is engaged- this lady doesn’t just sing- she performs!( she also credits Bette Midler and Sugar Pie DeSanto as her role models regarding stage presence)

Paula has not always been a “Blues singer” She has performed with several symphony orchestras( as a classically trained vocalist). She also has fronted several bands from a musical theater production in Myrtle Beach SC, to a 10 year stint with the Carere Orchestra in Atlanta Ga. Her band leader, George Carere, described her As a “vocal powerhouse” and Dynamo on stage-capable of captivating audiences with her distinctive voice and charm”. Lou Rawls described her as “ A vanilla coating on a chocolate soul”, Ray Charles asked her if she was black or white, William Bell( a principal Architect of the Stax/Volt sound and WC Handy Award Recipient says "Paula has one of the finest modern blues voices around and her phrasing is impeccable" and William Shatner was only capable of commenting “ My GOD! What a voice!” after attending a performance in Aspen Colorado.

Paula has shared the stage with such notable acts as William Bell, Oleta Adams, Bill Pinkney and the original Drifters, Tommy Castro, Kenny Neal, Chris Cain, Kid Andersen, Freddie Cole, Daniel Castro and numerous others.

Most recently, Paula worked for two years as the resident vocalist at the Internationally famous Jazz & Blues Club “ Top of the Mark” in San Francisco Ca. She is also a regular performer at the Fox Theater in the Bay Area. Late October found her in a performance with Bay Area Legend as well as Grammy and People’s Choice Nominee Ricardo Scales at Yoshi’s( another premiere venue in Northern California) and she was also asked to join an all-star cast to entertain at the Inaugural Ball for San Francisco's New Mayor" Ed Lee".

Paula also had the honor of representing the Bay Area in Memphis at the International Challenge sponsored by the Blues Foundation. After receiving night after night of standing ovations- She took the third place slot and was the only female to place at this years competition. 1000's of bands competed on the local level and well over 100 from all over the world came to Memphis to compete at the International level. Paula is also the Monterey Blues Festival's " Battle of the Bands" Champion for 2012. This lady is on her way!

Lyrics

Butterfingers

Written By: Paula Harris

Verse 1-
Everybody warned me- beware of men like you
Everything you say is sweet- Like everything you do
With that honey coated tongue- you already knew

You could take me for a ride……….Open me and jump inside
With a taste I come alive…………You’re giving me a sugar high
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Chorus: Your sticky butterfingers-always make me melt
Even after we’ve made love- the memory still lingers
I just can’t get enough of your sticky butterfingers
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Verse 2:
It’s always dangerous- when chemistry is this strong
I haven’t tasted candy- for oh so very long
I made an offer to a stranger- didn’t care if it was wrong

I knew the rules from the start………When I saw you I fell apart
You looked so handsome tall and dark……I took a bite you took my heart
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Chorus:Your sticky butterfingers-always make me melt
Even after we’ve made love- the memory still lingers
I just can’t get enough of your sticky butterfingers
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Bridge: I’m like a bomb ticking- I’ll explode soon
I feel the flames licking- I wanna be consumed
Like a pin pricking- or a bee’s stinger
You got your hooks in me-with your sticky butterfingers
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Chorus:Your sticky butterfingers-always make me melt
Even after we’ve made love- the memory still lingers
I just can’t get enough of your sticky butterfingers

Turning on the Naughty

Written By: Paula Harris

I wanna be with you…Tell me what I gotta do
I just wanna take you home…So we can be alone
You & me between the sheets... turning up the heat
you & me will be turning on the naughty
babe I got the time
you’ve got the body- yes you do
you turned me on and I’m turning on the naughty for you
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Babe we need to leave this place… wanna be in your embrace
Wanna let it all hang out…You know what I’m talking bout
You & me between the sheets…Turning up the heat
You & me will be turning on the naughty
babe I got the time
you’ve got the body( yes you do)
you turned me on and I’m turning on the naughty for you
^~^~^~^~^~^~^ guitar solo~^~^~^~^~^~

(bridge)Leave your friends-Come on home with me
I’ll show you how to sin-In my den of iniquity
Cuz you’re a hottie-I wanna be naughty

Don’t care what folks might say...Gonna leave with you anyway
Tonight don’t wanna sleep…I’m feelin it so deep
Can you see me on your sheets..Just Like a cat in heat
You--- me-----Geting naughty
babe I got the time
you got the body( yes you do)
you turned me on and I’m--
turning on the naughty
Just for you

The Nick of Too Damn Late

Written By: Paula Harris

I know I shoulda tried to wait-
but now I’m in love…. and it’s the nick…… of too damn late

You got me in…. such a state
I can’t think… or concentrate
All I do……. is think of you
And hope you feel the same way too
I rushed in didn’t try to wait
Now I’m scared my heart will break
I shoulda slowed down
But I’m stuck in love and it’s the nick of too damn late

I never fell in love before
It always seemed…. like such a bore
You hit me ….in a sneak attack
Stole my heart from behind my back
I rushed in didn’t try to wait
Now I’m scared my heart will break
I shoulda slowed down
But now I’m stuck in love and it’s the nick of too damn late

~^~^~^~^~^~^~^ SOLO~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^
I knew better than to do it
I should’ve said No ……and stuck to it
But I’m looking at the phone- waiting for a call
I think I’m gonna take a fall
I rushed in didn’t try to wait
Now I’m scared my heart will break
I shoulda slowed down But now it’s too late
I don’t know why I didn’t hesitate
Love is something you can’t anticipate
Now there aint nothing but you filling up my plate
You threw out the hook and I took the bait
I shoulda slowed down
But now I’m Stuck In love and it’s the nick if too damn late

Gates Of Hell

Written By: Paula Harris

The gates of hell are open
Devils are arms are wide
Your place is waiting…..
Right there by his side
You might be a sight…….For a womans eyes
But you don’t offer kisses ..only lies no kisses-only lies

The gates of hell are open
Devils are arms are wide
Your place is waiting…..
Right there by his side
God should make you pay…for what you did to me
Lord help me-can’t break free…can’t break free

I know he’s proud..what you did to me
broke my heart… I’m in misery.
He sent you up……shackled me with need
You crawled out of the pit and got your hooks in me

The gates of hell are open
Devils are arms are wide
Your place waiting…..
Right there by his side
Pretty outside…rotten to the core
But I can’t help…I still more…I still want more

There’s the fire….get to know it
You’re a bad man…that’s’ where you’re going
There’s the fire…lemme help you to it
You’re a bad man …for what you’re doing
Oh the gates are wide…step in side

Touch of the Blues

Written By: Paula Harris

Feeling bad this morning…..it could be the flu
But I really think…….I’m not over you
Just a touch of the blues…..Just a touch of the blues
You infected me with a touch of the blues

I caught you cheating………..I said we were through
But I still have…………. A bad case of you
Just a touch of the blues…..Just a touch of the blues
You infected me with a touch of the blues

I don’t need no vitamin C…I know what’s wrong with me
I don’t want no chicken soup…..I just want to get over you

Feeling bad this morning…..it could be the flu
But I really think…….I’m not over you
Just a touch of the blues…..Just a touch of the blues
You infected me with a touch of the blues
I gotta touch of the blues………Just a touch of the blues
You infected me with a touch of the blues
You infected me with a touch…of the blues

Alternate verses:
Feeling kinda queasy.....Feeling kinda ill
Wish the cure for you...came in a little pill
Just a touch of the Blues...touch of the blues
you infected me with a touch of the blues

Got a real bad feeling....I cant seem to kick
I dont think it;s me.....just my heart that's sick
Just a touch of the Blues...touch of the blues
you infected me with a touch of the blues

I'm indisposed....probably a little green
For me to get some sleep..it's gonna take codeine
Just a touch of the Blues...touch of the blues
you infected me with a touch of the blues

My Aunt Jean

Written By: Paula Harris

Some people moan and cry
Then ask themselves “ Why me”
Some people stand up and look it in the eye
They take it all- even chemotherapy

Some people lay down…and just give in
Then they moan that it’s not fair
Others say I won’t let cancer win
They never lose their faith even when they lose their hair

They won’t go quietly..into the night………….
They don’t go down- without putting up a fight
It’s the bravest thing- I have ever seen…………..
This is for you fighters like my aunt Jean

You’re a warrior- for fighting the big C
It may or may not win
We all have to….. face our destiny
Warriors face it with a grin!

DO you live like you are dying
Do you waste your days adrift
Are you gonna give up ….just stop trying
Or live each day like it’s a gift

They won’t go quietly..into the night………….
They don’t go down- without putting up a fight
It’s the bravest thing- I have ever seen…………..
This is for you fighters like my aunt Jean

Discography

First CD in the works! Please listen to the EPk there are numerous songs from the upcoming album "Damn Your Eyes" which will be out April 1, 2012.

Set List

The normal set would be a 45 minute set with a 15 minute break. But because I love what I do- Frequently I will go up to 90 minutes before I take a break. I usually follow a formula of 2 or 3 uptempo songs then a ballad. Here is an abbreviated list of the songs we perform. I specialize in "listening" oriented environments and deliver a show that will hold the audience's attention.

ORIGINAL BLUES
Butterfingers( funky blues)
Bad Girl lost a Good Man( slow blues)
Don't Give Up On Your Dream(Uptempo Shuffle)
Hoochie Mama ( Funky Blues)
Gates of Hell are Open(Funky blues)
I Know how to love him right( Funky blues)
Mr Lonely(Groovy BLues)
Mr Right for a Night(Uptempo sophisticated shuffle)
My Aunt Jean(Slow driving blues)
Nick of Too Late(uptempo sophisticated shuffle)
Naughty Bawdy Boy(uptempo shuffle)
Turning on the naughty(Classic chicago blues)

BLUES( Up Tempo)
Black Drawers
Dr Feelgood
Dust My Broom
Give Me One Reason TO Stay Here
Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My