If the future could have been predicted then twenty year singing veteran, Paula Prophet, was given the perfect name. She is truly a “prophet” by spreading the passion of music through her original lyrics and compositions along with a voice that has the power to awaken the spirit. From the first note of her clear, fervent sound it is easy to become a believer in this soulful messenger. Having performed in a wide variety of bands covering several musical genres, including r&b, doo-wap, rock, pop, jazz standards and contemporary/fusion, her vocal interpretations reflect a special blend of personal expression influenced by a broad range of professional experience. “I love writing and singing songs that inspire emotional growth or helping people to push though tough times,” commented Paula. Her debut CD, to be released in 2011, is a testament to her amazing talent as a published songwriter and lyricist.
A Chicago native, Paula was exposed to music at an early age through her mother who sang professionally for a brief time, her grandfather who sang in a barbershop quartet and a grandmother who joyfully taught her grandchild music in a one room school house in the chilly mid-west. “I used to sing myself to sleep as a child,” said Paula, “not realizing how it would be an integral part of my life.” Her only real formal music training was studying classical guitar for several years and the rest she learned from listening to a variety of singers from Motown to classic jazz standards. She attributes her alternate career path, as a licensed therapist for more than twenty years, to her ability to write songs that speak in depth about the stories of real human experiences. Because of her dedicated work in a healing profession Paula is not afraid to dig deep into the human psyche in an attempt to uncover the meaning of life. Although she was committed to focusing her time on raising her sons, her dream of a music career never left her and she managed to juggle musical performances whenever possible. In the past she was the vocalist with one of the most popular local groups in the San Diego area, Dr. Feelgood and the Interns of Love, even touring with the group throughout the US and internationally.
Her new recording is a blend of the music that inspired her and she is often compared to vocalists like Randy Crawford, Chaka Kahn, Sade and Sarah Vaughn. Says Paula, “I love the jazz standards because they express such pure and simple emotions beautifully, honestly and deeply and I love Motown because it touches my soul. They both carry the power of this human experience we all share.” Her sincere hope is to sing from her heart in a way that quiets the mind and awakens inner knowledge. She understands that, whether through instruments or the human voice, there are few things in this world that are more humbling and exhilarating than communicating to others through the magic of music. Listening to Paula Prophet there’s no doubt that her divine message and vocal beauty is a blessing to all.
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