Paul C. Black

Paul C. Black

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Adult contemporary music with Christian overtones that is easy to listen to, is entertaining and vocally dynamic, and provides listeners with a strong lyric base. My emphasis is on slightly spiritual lyrics and messages while maintaining a familiar musical infrastructure.

Biography

"Passionate, intellectual acoustic" and "inspirational themes" are what some have said about the songwriting of Adult Contemporary Christian music artist Paul Black. This singer/songwriter draws listeners into his story line and captures their heart, soul and attention to get his message of his music across. Paul uses his natural comfort on stage and his talent as a performer and vocalist coupled with his desire to please the audience to provide a spiritual and uplifting experience.

The music ministry of Paul Black is designed to give praise and appreciation to Heavenly Father for the inherent blessings that we as Christians are provide. Paul also focuses on faith through adversity, using his real-life examples and experiences to prove that through it all, God loves us and is reaching out to help.

In October, 2003, Paul lost his father to cancer after a strong, courageous, spiritual battle. His father was 76 and died peacefully at home. In November 2003, a tragic but awakening event took place when his youngest child, Nicholas (at the time 2 ½ years old) was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive type of children’s cancer. Through the blessings of Heavenly Father, the talents and abilities that He provided to the doctors and nurses at Duke, and the prayers that were offered in his son’s name, Nicholas has been cancer free since May, 2004. This series of events sparked a fire under Paul and gave his life, and his music new meaning and purpose.

In September 2004 Paul began performing at Wilmington, NC area clubs and coffee houses, and in January 2005 started the Will Sing 4 A Cure program to help raise awareness and funding to help children battling cancer. In the first year of the program, Paul has performed approximately 70 shows and raised over $15,000 in and around North and South Carolina. For 2006, he plans to increase that number to over 80! Paul performs in a variety of music venues, including coffee houses, concert halls, shopping malls, movie theaters, amusement parks, and festivals to raise awareness to his music and his program. However, it is in the church that Paul prefers performing because it enables him to bring forth his ministry and message in a more conducive environment to open-hearted Christians.

Paul uses 30% of his gross receipts from all shows, merchandise and CD sales for his Will Sing 4 A Cure program to help children battling cancer. He focuses on hospitals, foundations and organizations dedicated to the treatment of childhood related cancers. Hospitals such as Duke, Memorial Sloan Kettering, St. Jude’s, UNC Chapel Hill, MUSC Children’s Hospital, Johns Hopkins and dozens of others have received donations or material goods from Paul through of Will Sing 4 A Cure.

Additional information on Paul is available at http://www.PaulBlackMusic.com and merchandise is available at http://www.cafepress.com/PaulBlackMusic

Lyrics

Farthest From The Son

Written By: Paul Black

I’ve never been who I thought I’d be
Only half the man I saw in my dreams
All the roads I’ve traveled have lead me here
Right where I’ve begun
Circling around
The Farthest From The Son
Can’t find my way
And so I circle around
The Farthest From The Son

Surrounded by the riches that this world could give
Complacent with my spirit til my life became unhinged
Exhausted by my sorrow I dropped to my knees
With no where left to run
Because I’m circling around
The Farthest From The Son
Can’t find my way
And so I circle around
The Farthest From The Son

Help me find my way back home
Please don’t leave me all alone
Show me where I need to go
To find redemption in your eyes
Help me save my life

I’ve never been who I thought I’d be
All I’m looking for iis the faith to believe
That every road I travel that you’ll be here
Til the end has come
No more circling around
The Farthest From The Son
I Found my way
No more circling around
The Farthest From The Sun

What Will It Take?

Written By: Paul Black

Ten Thousand years have passed us
And we still can’t get it right.
Is the band of angels playing,
Or have they taken five tonight?
Fires and wars and earthquakes
And we just don’t see the signs.
What Will It Take to shake us?
What Will It Take to break us?
What Will It Take to make us understand?

So many people praying
That the world would end today.
They’re tired of all the madness
And don’t see another way.
And every day that passes
Is as good as wasted time.
What Will It Take to shake us?
What Will It Take to break us?
What Will It Take to make us understand?

What Will It Take to make us understand?
What Will It Take for us to cling to Heavens Hand?
Tear down the walls that separate us from life.
When will we finally get it right?

How much time is left
Before its all said and done?
When chances we were given
Become chances that are gone.
When the trial is over, and the verdict is in.
Will history be repeated once again?
What Will It Take to shake us?
What Will It Take to break us?
What Will It Take to make us understand?

What Will It Take to shake us?
What Will It Take to break us?
What Will It Take to make us understand?

If I Could Take It All Away

Written By: Paul Black

Close your eyes.
Go to sleep
And dream about the boy you want to be.
It’s all right
Cause when you wake
I’ll be right here by your side.
Don’t be afraid
Of what you hear.
Don’t give in to the pain that feeds your fears.
No other way
Can make it leave,
So you can fly another day.
I’ll lift you up and hold you in my arms
And then begin to pray…

Chorus

If I could take it all away
If I could take it all away
If I could take it all away
I would give everything
If I could take it all away

I can’t explain
Why it was you.
I can’t make sense of what your going through.
This human game
Is so unfair.
And you will never be the same.

But who you are
And who you’ll be
Is so much more that I’ll ever conceive.
You are a star
Who’s day awaits
But what a life you’ve lived so far.
I’ll lift you up and hold you in my arms
And then begin to pray.

Chorus

Holding on to life, you can see the light in him.
Open up your heart, you can let the light come in.
Only through the dark can you know the light exists.
His light exists.

Close your eyes.
Go to sleep
And dream about the boy you want to be.
It’s all right
Cause when you wake
I’ll be right here by your side.
To lift you up and hold you in my arms
And then begin to pray

Chorus x 2

Discography

Paul is currently working on his first independent CD release called What Will It Take? due for release in 2006.

Set List

Paul features a variety of song genres during his set to enable audiences of all types to enjoy his music. In addition to a healthy list of original songs that Paul performs, he also blends a rich combination of covers from a variety of artists.

Depending on the venue, the set list can include all contemporary Christian music, or a combination of pop, country, folk and Christian.