Paula Sinclair

Paula Sinclair

BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

"Her distinctive voice takes you from the heavenly tips of angels’ wings to the jagged shores of love’s contradictions. She honors tradition by rejecting the overproduction often heard in some alt-country music. Her songs echo 1970’s Emmylou Harris as wells today’s Neko Case.” Don Campbell

Biography

A VOICE ON THE WING

“No other voice I know sounds quite like hers. It’s a lived-in, grown-up instrument deep and sturdy, with a fine grain to the finish, and long notes sustained into a vibrato that quavers like a hummingbird’s wing.” Jeff Rosenberg, Willamette Week

What distinguishes Paula Sinclair from other female singer-songwriters may be her intimately vulnerable original songs or her ability to transform modern American poetry into music. There is no question that these talents thrive under her artistry. But for anyone who has heard her sing, Paula’s uniqueness as a performer and recording artist resides in her inimitable vocals – as lush, sweet, and earthy as the soil on the Kentucky farm where she grew up. Hers is a voice that sets her apart as a sultry crooner with a country soul and a rock-n-roll heart.

One of fourteen siblings rich in creativity, she began her music career at age 14, playing her guitar and singing in a country duo in and around her native Lexington, Kentucky. Today, living in Portland, Oregon, she is an exceptionally adept solo performer, a dynamic force in her rhythmic duo with percussionist/harmonist Kenny Sawyer, and a versatile powerhouse leading her band, Paula Sinclair & The Contenders.

Recent achievements:
• Performing at The Clear Creek Festival, Berea, Kentucky in September 2009.
• Included in the Sin City Social Club sampler, along with Neko Case, Steve Earle, Raul Malo, Willie Nelson, et al in March 2009.
• Released Steady Girl in March 2009
• A popular performer on the McMenamins’ Oregon circuit, including Edgefield, The Grand Lodge, The Hotel Oregon, and The White Eagle during 2008-09.
• Performed two of her Stafford song/poems, accompanied by the 56-piece Starlight Symphony in October 2008.
• Opened for national folk stars Tracy Grammer and Jim Henry at The Bite of Oregon in Portland in August 2008.

“Paula Sinclair is a ‘goosebump’ musician … a musician whose songs grip you and move you from the moment they draw their breath for the first word.” Ardent Shanty

“Sinclair is one of the best artists you've probably never heard of. “ Jennifer Hernandez, The Boise Weekly

Lyrics

Something Sweeter

Written By: Paula Sinclair

Something Sweeter (Paula Sinclair)

Hey I’m not empty, I’m not lonely as the days pass me by
And I’m not bitter with despair from the dreams I’ve watched die
And ’m not sitting in the shadows waiting for the phone to ring
I’m looking forward to something sweeter
I’m looking forward to falling in love – deeper – yeah, sweeter

Hey I’m not frail and I’m not hollow like the bones of a bird
More like quiet, more like subtle, a web undisturbed
There comes a time…mmm…you’ll be enraptured

I’m looking forward to something sweeter
I’m looking forward to falling in love – deeper – yeah, sweeter
I’m looking forward to something sweeter
I’m looking forward to falling in love – deeper – yeah, sweeter

Rain comes down from heaven, teardrops from our eyes
Pearls come from oyster shells and honey from the hive
There comes a day when the deed gets done – uh huh uh huh uh huh

I’m looking forward to something sweeter
I’m looking forward to falling in love – deeper – yeah, sweeter
I’m looking forward to something sweeter
I’m looking forward to falling in love – deeper

Steady Girl

Written By: Paula Sinclair

Steady Girl (Sinclair)
I will be a steady girl Steady I’ll go
I will be a steady girl I’m a ready girl

Don’t ask me not to reminisce About kisses we drank
Now that is more impossible Than you’d ever think
And I will not allow my tender heart One moment to believe
You would ever hurt me Deliberately

I will be a steady girl Steady I’ll go
I will be a steady girl I’m a ready girl

If you can’t’ accept the love I bring I’ll go
And face the consequences of this On my own
And for all the vulnerabilities I feel now
I can’t put it down Can’t turn it around

I will be a steady girl Steady I’ll go
I will be a steady girl I’m a ready girl

Oh oh steady girl Oh oh steady girl
Woo hoo oo steady girl You’ve got to run
Yeah you’ve got to run You’ve got to run

Discography

A STORY THAT COULD BE TRUE: William Stafford's Poetry Transformed to Songs - To be released in early 2010
STEADYGIRL - 2009
THE GOOD HORSE - 2007
AVALANCHE - 2006
LEMONADE - 2004
UNDERNEATH IT ALL -1995
LIVE AND BAREFOOT - 1994

Set List

Originals and covers (e.g., "Fearless Heart" and "Transcendental Blues" by Steve Earle, "All Along the Watchtower" and "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" by Bob Dylan, "Deeper Well" by Emmylou Harris, David Olney, and Daniel Lanois, "Rusty Cage" by Chris Cornell, "Steal Your Love" by Lucinda Williams, "A Case of You" by Joni Mitchell)