Paul Dateh & Ken Belcher

Paul Dateh & Ken Belcher

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You may know of Paul Dateh as just a Hip Hop violinist on YouTube; but with full classical and jazz training under his belt, he's out to prove he can do much more than just Hip Hop. Now, he's combined his vocal and violin skills with guitarist Ken Belcher to create a new style of urban folk music.

Biography

Originally, Paul Dateh was only supposed to be a violinist. Beginning his violin studies at the age of four, it seemed that Dateh’s future in the classical industry was set in stone. But, on his first day at The University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, Dateh suddenly dropped his major in Violin Performance and enrolled in the Jazz Studies program instead. The move shocked his colleagues as it was hard to understand why anyone would walk away from fourteen years of classical training to begin learning an entirely new musical discipline. But, Dateh knew that he wanted to be more than just a classical musician; his goal was to become a musician, in every possible way.

Since first appearing on the music scene two years ago, singer and violinist Paul Dateh has gone on to garner millions of views on the web as well as national exposure on television and in print. Now, Dateh has teamed up with guitarist Ken Belcher to create “The Good Life� – a concept record that offers a fresh and original take on acoustic urban folk music.
“The Good Life� is a seven-song EP that follows the life of a man living out his adulthood. Classic, well-known stories of finding happiness in each moment and the search for love are presented in new ways with Dateh’s pure voice and lush string harmonies filling in the lines while Belcher punctuates each sentence with the soulful strumming of guitar.
Being fully trained in both Classical and Jazz styles, Paul Dateh & Ken Belcher's influences are extremely diverse. Some of their influences include Bela Fleck, Stephane Grappelli, Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Stevie Wonder, and The Clientele.

In preparation for the release of "The Good Life", Dateh and Belcher have been touring throughout the United States performing to sold-out crowds while also continuing to build a solid following online. The duo will also be making their first five-week tour in Japan starting in November.

Lyrics

Good Life

Written By: Paul Dateh & Ken Belcher

some people say think that you need to travel wide and far
while others say that you need to try everything bizarre
some people claim that you need to live the life of a star
to prove that you are living the good life

some people say that your worth is only what you spend
they say that you will be alright as long as your cashflow never ends
some people claim that you need to have all the latest trends
to prove that you are living the good life

but all that matters is that you know what you want
to accomplish in your life
because i know you can be what you want to
you can do what you want
just keep your eyes on the prize and just hold on
because confidence is all you really need to life your style
so just do what you got to do

some people think that you need to have expensive shoes
it's all a game where your score is based on all the fancy things that you accrue
some people claim that it's all about the win or lose
that determines whether or not you live a good life

but all that matters is that you know what you want
to accomplish in your life
because i know you can be what you want to
you can do what you want
just keep your eyes on the prize and just hold on
because confidence is all you really need to life your style
so just do what you got to do

you know you got to do what you got to do
when the road gets tough, you got to keep the trust in yourself
you got to do what you got to do

but all that matters is that you know what you want
to accomplish in your life
because i know you can be what you want to
you can do what you want
just keep your eyes on the prize and just hold on
because confidence is all you really need to life your style
so just do what you got to do

Discography

Paul Dateh & Ken Belcher released their debut record "The Good Life" on November 3rd, 2009. Their music video for their current single - the title track "Good Life" - premiered on Next New Network's 99DollarMusicVideo Show in October of 2009 and has already logged over 19,000 views on YouTube alone.

Set List

Originals:
Good Life
Simple Promise
Hope that You
Untitled #1
Celtic Blues
Control
Whatever I Choose

Covers:
I Don't Want to Live on the Moon
Blackbird