Paul Marazzi

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Paul Marazzi
Birth name Paul Thomas Leo Marazzi
Also known as Funk a1
Born (1975-01-24) 24 January 1975 (age 39)
Origin Wanstead, London, United Kingdom
Genres Funk, Dance, rock, pop
Occupation(s) Musician, disc jockey
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1997– present
Labels Columbia Records
Sony BMG
1998–2002
Major records
2006–present
Associated acts A1
Snagsby
Steps

Paul Thomas Leo Marazzi (born 24 January 1975 ) is a British musician, best known as an original member and founder of boy band A1.[1]

Marazzi was the first to join A1, a British/Norwegian boy band whose first single, "Be the First to Believe", was released in 1999. Together with Marazzi were Britons Mark Read, Ben Adams and Norwegian Christian Ingebrigtsen. They were formed by band manager Tim Byrne, who also formed Steps, and signed to Columbia Records by A&R manager Fran de Takats. A1 won a BRIT Award for "British Breakthrough Act" in 2001. Their third album, Make It Good, featured a sound closer to traditional rock music, but was to be their last studio project with Marazzi.

In October 2002, Marazzi took a break from the band citing personal reasons. Marazzi never gave a proper explanation on why he left the band letting fans wonder why he really left the band.[2] In 2005, he started a band called Snagsby. He left Snagsby on January 2009 to pursue a career as a club DJ in The George Hotel in Whitby.[3]

Early life[edit]

Paul was born on 24 January 1975 in Wanstead, London to Ivan and Maria Marazzi. His father is Italian / Indian and his mother is [English]. He has an older sister named Shareen (b. 1971) who is four years older than he is. As a child, Paul used to sing Prince songs. He went to Spain with his family and lived there until 2007. He recorded a demo for a German producer which led him to audition for a1 in 1997.[4][5]

A1[edit]

Main article: A1 (band)

Paul said that he originally auditioned for Steps, however, he was placed in a1 in 1997. He was then later joined by Christian Ingebrigtsen, Mark Read and Ben Adams.[4] They released their first album Here We Come in late 1999. Two years after their first single release in the 2001 BRIT Awards, the band received the award for Best British Breakthrough. In 2002, few months after their appearance in the US soap The Young and The Restless, Paul then announced his departure from a1 with a statement that read: "After a lot of thought and deliberation, I have made the difficult choice to leave the band due to personal reasons." [2]

Post A1[edit]

After a1, Paul hosted the Andy Cole Children's Foundation (now All Star Kids) on 26 April 2003 together with Jo Good.[6] He turned down the offer to appear in I'm a Celebrity... Get Me out of Here! in 2004.[3] In mid-2005, Paul was interviewed in Spain for Fame Games where he talked about the life being in a1. The interview was aired on 31 July 2006 and also played (partly) two of his unreleased songs namely If I Could Be King and Lifted. Marazzi also revealed that he will be touring Germany with Spencer Davis Group.[7] Later that year, he started forming a soul/rock band in Sunderland, North East England. Ivan (his father) named the band Snagsby in 2006, and managed the band until 2007 when he left due to technical difficulties. Later in 2008, the band announced in their official MySpace that Marazzi was leaving Snagsby on January 2009. Marazzi then went to work for Ivan, in The George Hotel in Whitby as a club DJ.[3]

In late 2011, Marazzi was rehearsing/recording with Nobby in his previous bands (Snagsby now known as Audio Tracer) studio in Sunderland and Paul has formed a new band called Blue Eyed Soul. His father announced the news to his fans on Facebook.[8] Just recently, he just become a Patron for MACY (Music and Arts for Creative Youth).[9]

In August 2009, A1 reunited as a trio in Norway for a TV show after Marazzi refused to rejoin the band. In 2013, he was invited to take part on The Big Reunion (series 2) with a1 but Marazzi refused again to rejoin the band and to meet up with A1 on camera. MarazzI made a tweet prior to the series airing about the band, making media state it was an attack on the band.

He later released a song called Eleven Years which is how he felt about the fallout. The song was officially released on 25 March 2014 and is available on iTunes. Another song was planned to be released with an accompanying video and was already recorded, but Marazzi later shelved the idea as he prefers live singing.

On November 30, 2014, while a1 was performing in Newcastle for Big Reunion Boyband Tour, Paul tweeted to ask everyone to stop saying nasty things about his ex- bandmates. This would make people wonder if they had patched things up as he is living near the area. But he later revealed to a fan that he just wants all the drama about him and a1 to stop on social media.

Marazzi is currently working as a cabinet maker based in Northumberland and is singing part-time with a wedding band called Hip Operations. Paul joined after his stint with the band for It's A Disco Night in late 2012.

Musical Influences[edit]

Paul is a huge fan of Prince.[7] On the Official Website of Snagsby as well as on his Facebook page, he stated that he is a fan of Shakin' Stevens, Lenny Kravitz, Red Hot Chili Peppers, George Michael and Michael Jackson.[7]

Discography[edit]

With A1

Main article: A1 discography

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Solo (1–7 are unreleased) Songs[edit]

  • If I Could Be King (2003/2005)[7]
  • Lifted (2005)[7]
  • Let It Out (Demo/Original Version – 2002)
  • Soulfreak
  • Cream Rising
  • Guess What They Call It?
  • Can't You See
  • Eleven Years (featuring Rockwool Sari)[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wilson, MacKenzie. "Biography: A1". Allmusic. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  2. ^ a b [1] Paul Marazzi Quits A1, Bandmates 'Heartbroken'
  3. ^ a b c [2] A1 Singer's Relief as Ben Escapes Big Brother Loot
  4. ^ a b [3]
  5. ^ [4] a1 Profiles – Paul Marazzi
  6. ^ [5] From Eva Cassidy Tributes article Charlotte gethin live
  7. ^ a b c d e [6] On Top of the World with A1s Paul Marazzi
  8. ^ [7]
  9. ^ [8] Pop star signing just a1 for group
  10. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/eleven-years-feat.-rockwool/id847938146