Christopher Paul

Christopher Paul

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Electronic - General | Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Total Song Plays: 779   
Member Since: 2004
   Last Login: over 30 days ago

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My Music Story

I learned early on in my life the power of music, and what an important role music plays in everyone's everyday life.

I started to learn to read music and playing violin when I was 9. I saw Itzhak Perlman in concert, and it completely inspired me. Soon after I started to learn everything I could about music, how to read it and how to write it. I started to teach myself how to play the cello, viola, bass piano, and how to sing. I had an affinity for strings, and continued to hone those skills through High School. At the same time, I started writing my own music with a small Yamaha keyboard that I was given as a gift from my parents. I started off with some basic instrumentals, but could visualize and hear in my head how certain arrangements would be better if sung. That's when I started writing pieces for my church choir, of which I was the youngest person they ever accepted into. By the time I graduated from High School, I had pieces for string orchestra, choirs and solo piano performed in concert, was a member of every music group (ok, fine, I was a "band geek"... so what!). My own listening pleasures had expanded with the era, the 80's. I was listening to everything from Metallica to Madonna. But especially, was club music, freestyle... electronica (though it wasn't called that back then). I created my own "mixes" using a dual cassette recorder, because I could hear in my head how I would like songs to be re-arranged and made better.

By the time I graduated from college, I performed in several productions. I was the youngest Musical Director in the college's history for a major theatre production. I was a founding member and Musical Director for a sketch/improv comedy troupe, which honed not only my piano playing skills, but the ability to emphasize emotion through music, composed on the spot, based on what was going on onstage.

Since then, I've expanded my compositional horizons as well, but keep going back to my 'roots', if you will. I've had my tracks played at major area clubs, and I'm currently working on the score for a short film, as well.