Paul Atkinson
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Paul Atkinson

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States | SELF

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States | SELF
Band Rock Singer/Songwriter


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"In the Spotlight: The Music of Paul Atkinson"

In the Spotlight:
The Music of Paul Atkinson
By Kacy Suther
June 2003

He breathes into the microphone and music comes out. He strums his acoustic and the cadences tell the stories that his soul longs to communicate. His music surrounds you, and with it, his thoughts, emotions, questions and yearnings. You’re immediately engaged because his music forces you to listen. As the melodies glide up and down, in and out, all about the room, a sense of unity and connectedness sets in. And that’s when you know Paul Atkinson’s playing.

A Wilmington, NC native, Paul Atkinson has been playing guitar for over a decade, and writing insightful songs for the latter half of that time. Having honed and refined his skills as a musician, he has emerged as a crucial component of the acoustic music scene in Eastern North Carolina.

Heavily influenced by a unique blend of classic and contemporary songwriters, Atkinson credits his inspiration primarily to Ben Harper, Bruce Springsteen, John Bell of Widespread Panic, Eric Clapton, and Adam Duritz of Counting Crows.

“Effective songwriters throw a lot of themselves into their music. They form an instant connection—a communication that could never be reached through mere conversation. They move us. They speak to us on every level: mind, emotion, body and soul. The good ones do, at least,” Atkinson says.

Most would agree that Paul Atkinson is definitely one of the good ones. Songs like “Goodness is Her Meaning,” “Angelina, Please,” and “The Divvy” represent his abilities as a true conveyer of life and human emotion. Atkinson is explicitly soulful and candidly emotional. His music strips him of his armor and humbles him. Nothing in his profound lyrics lacks meaning. His melodies unite us in the trials of everyday life, while simultaneously providing a unique level of comfort.

“I want to connect on some real level of humanity—on all the peaks and valleys, all the questions, all the mystery. But then I want us to know that we’re all in it together. And we’re alright.”

Lines to the chorus of Atkinson's “Goodness is Her Meaning” come instantly to mind:

You can laugh or you can cry
You can tell the truth or lie,
But we’re gonna have to live while we’re alive.

- Suther's Music Reviews - Wilmington, NC

"Singer-Songwriters: Paul Atkinson"

"Atkinson's music moves the body, mind, and soul. You don't want to miss this singer-songwriter..." - Harmony Central - Boulder, CO

"Nashville Song Service: Paul Atkinson"

[Paul Atkinson's song] "My Favorite Dancer" tinkles with clarity like fine crystal, hinting of the Song of Solomon, yet not so earthy, somehow these words seem to dance just beyond our reach. This is is a very lovely piece.

We liked the cleverness of "The Unspoken" and it
illustrates the diversity of [Atkinson's] talent and thought, and it's on such an uplift that it caught us all by surprise.

"The House Of the Gathering" finds that elusive balance... evocative of the questions we ask ourselves in
rare moments concerning life and death...

"This is the work of someone who is nearing a mastery of his craft, a very mature piece...extraordinary talent."

Steve Bennett
Nashville Song Service
- by Steve Bennett


Paul Atkinson - The Baker Sessions (2012)
Paul Atkinson - The Good Life (2010)
Paul Atkinson - The Attic Sessions (2008)
Paul Atkinson - Music for the Journey (2007)
Paul Atkinson & the Ripple - Into the Sun (2005)
Paul Atkinson - As You Imagine There (2002)



With over 100 original songs, a compelling live performance, and an ever-increasing number of dedicated fans and supporters, Paul Atkinson is making an indelible mark on the musical world. With years of local and regional touring plus four well-received independent albums under his belt, Paul Atkinson - backed by his powerful and talented band, "The Good Life" - continues to build a buzz as one of the best original acts around. His past two independently released EP's, "Music for the Journey (2007)," produced by the esteemed Scott Sawyer of Raleigh, and "The Attic Sessions (2008)," produced by Paul Atkinson and Dan and Mike Rosado of Raleigh, NC, have been met with rave reviews.

Paul Atkinson's musical goals are as simple as they are ambitious: use music as a vessel for positive change in the world. With just one listen you'll hear what many others have found: his goal is becoming a reality.