I'm in Vegas tomorrow, and on the corner the next day, I'm still the same
person. The show that I gave in Vegas will be the same show I give in
a small club. I want to reach everybody with my music.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Billy Paul began his singing career when
he was twelve, appearing on local radio shows. Listening at home to his
family's collection of 78's, Billy began developing a vocal style that
would eventually incorporate traces of Jazz, R&B and Pop. "That's
how I really got indoctrinated into music," recalls Billy. "My mother
was always buying and collecting records, and she would buy everything
from 'Jazz At The Philharmonic Hall' to Nat King Cole.
As Billy grew, so did his interest in music. Seeking to increase hidden
technical skills, Billy attended Temple University, West Philadelphia
Music School, and Granoff Music School, for formal training. Before too
long, Billy found himself appearing in clubs and college campuses nationally.
Switching from Rock to Soul to Pop ballads, he soon became an underground
phenomenon in Philadelphia.
The amazing Mr. Paul began getting national recognition, and soon appeared
in concert with such artists as Charlie Parker, Dinah Washington, Nina
Simone, Miles Davis, the Impressions, Sammy Davis and Roberta Flack. Nancy
Wilson was so impressed with a track off his debut album that she recorded
Billy formed a trio and cut his first record, "Why Am I" for Jubilee Records
before being drafted into the Armed Services. After his release from the
service came a quick stop at the New Dawn Label, and a brief stand in
for one of the Blue Notes with Harold Melvin. His first Philly album,
"Feeling Good At The Cadillac Club" combined Billy Paul and Gamble/Huff
produced tunes, and was released on the Gamble Label. This jazz L.P. was
followed by one more commercial release "Ebony Woman", released on the
Gamble & Huff Neptune label. Still later, Going East, Billy's first
album released on the Philadelphia International Label, set him further
into the commercial groove. However, it was with his second album that
everything broke loose in his career. 360 Degrees Of Billy Paul with the
ensuing single "Me And Mrs. Jones" selling over two million copies alone,
placed Billy's name on the lips of every couple in love. The gold album
and platinum single broke the artist on world charts, including Britain
where the single entered the top five.
"Me And Mrs. Jones" went on to win Billy the coveted Grammy Award. In
addition to receiving the Grammy, Billy Paul has won multiple Ebby awards
(given by the readers of Ebony magazine); has been the recipient of the
American Music Award, the NAACP Image Award and numerous proclamations
and keys to cities across the United States. He's toured internationally
with overwhelming response here in the United Kingdom, South America and