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Paul and Friends


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First major release: "Hang On to Your Dreams" by Paul and Friends, P&J Records, 2000, P&J-CD-1001. Second major release: "Smooth Sailing", by Paul and Friends, P&J Records, 2006, P&J-CD-1003. Soundclips available:,,,, Most played tunes from first CD - streaming and airplay - "Hang On to Your Dreams", "Billy Run", "Comin' Home", "Footprints", "You Are My Island". Promoted tunes from 2nd CD - ""What's the Matter with That?", "Just One More Time", "Drift Away", "Brunch in the Big Easy".


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"Paul" is Paul W. Sammarco (alias Paul Summers). Paul has been writing music since the age of 11. He has been arranging, performing, recording, and producing music for himself, his own groups, and others for over 35 years. His works span a wide range of categories, including ballads, easy listening/soft rock, acoustic rock, country-rock, blue-grass, jazz-rock, Christian, etc.

His first CD, “Hang On to Your Dreams”, is a truly eclectic CD, providing the listener with a cross-section of those styles. His second CD. "Smooth Sailing", is a new benchmark for himself, the musicians in Paul and Friends, and for P&J Records. Great tunes, arrangements, performances, and production.

Paul’s tunes have been published by in the US and Australia by Chappell-Intersong (now Warner-Chappell; APRA), Sydney, Australia; Len Fischer Music (APRA), Canberra, Australia; and now Endless Shores Music Publishing, USA (ASCAP).

The "Friends" are some of the many talented musicians with whom Paul has worked over the years. Some are derived from the bands he has led in the US and Australia over the years. In all, there are 19 musicians featured on the first CD and 22 on the second - and their talents shine. The musos on the first CD were Des Anthony, Cedric Geia, Martin Hart, John Haupt, Dave Henry, Leigh James (Leigh Wilkinson), Roger Kimball, Larry Martin, Mark McLean, Lindsay Melancon. Bobby Petrie, Jimmy Pollard, Victor Purkiss, Jeff Raymond, Donna Sammarco, Dustin Sammarco, Sandy Siepen, Steve Theriot, and Kai Underwood. You can add to that for the second CD Todd Adams, Kurt Brunus, Tracy Griffin, Carol Hart, Mark Liuzza, Ben Melancon, Brian O’Neill, Clyde Pellegrin, Curtis Pierre, Joe Raines, Hank Randle, Jerome Theriot, Mark Trennecosta, and June Yamagishi. They hail from many different groups. The performing group is drawn from these musicians - and other equally talented musos in southern Louisiana.

The music? The formal category is "adult contemporary" or "pop". I (Paul), particularly now, likes to call it smooth rock or smooth jazz-rock. I wasn't shooting for a particular genre. The music that's on our CDs and on stage is simply what came out - from the heart.

Influences? Many. Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys, James Ingram, Luther Vandross, Take 6, The Doobie Brothers, Michael Franks, Kenny Rankin, Simon and Garfunkel, Manhattan Transfer, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto, Kenny Loggins, James Taylor, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, etc.