Paul Copestake
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Paul Copestake

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I have used a company called Country hotdisc promotions who distribute world wide to selected radio stations, if they like the song and it`s strong enough they air it for you, this has gained me a lot of good feed back and air play.



My first influence has to be Elvis Presley, his voice really captured me, plus he covered so many genre`s which match my taste, including rock n roll/ country/r&b. Also artists like Johnny Cash, Emmalou Harris, Willy Nelson have been inspirational. My appreciation for great music has grown over the years spreading into the areas of Sinatra/Bobby Darin/Dean Martin/ Ray Charles, also i listen to George Michael one of my favourite pop singer/songwriters, and Eva Cassidy really hits the mark.
I wrote my first song in 2001, titled "So Alive", it reached number 4 in an independant country music chart, i was so excited when friends where calling me at work saying they just heard my song on local radio. I guess i was`nt sure of my ability as a songwriter, you see i knew I had a voice as my instrument, but physically playing an instrument guitar/keyboards i have not mastered, although now I know i have a passion for lyrics and melody enabling me to come up with the ingredients. Songwriting is such a rewarding experience allowing to lay your thoughts and feeling right out on the table, an exorcism of emotions.
Between 2001 and 2004 i released a few more songs independantly through the country Hotdisc promotions and each gained airplay throughout Europe.
In 2004 I had my first independant number 1 with a song called "God only knows" which was promoted on NCM Disc, although this was promoted through a Gospel label, my song was more of a message song which gained me many favourable comment from the music industry.
For about 15 years I have worked the club circuit performing mainly cover versions from the 50`s/60`s/70`s/80`s. There`s nothing like a live audience to keep you focused,still a great buzz when people say how much they have enjoyed the show.
I have always been a realist, but always hold on to a dream. I am still working hard at my day job, and have responsibilities as a husband and father to a great wife and great children, and i am exactly where I should be at this moment and time given the cards I have played up till now. But the dream is still very much alive that one day I will write a song that will reach out and connect to a bigger audience, and of course it would be great to have a full time career in music.