Paul Doucette

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Paul Doucette
Birth name Paul John Doucette
Born (1972-08-22) August 22, 1972 (age 44)
North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres
Instruments
  • Guitar
  • drums
  • percussion
  • piano
  • vocals
Years active 1980s–present
Associated acts Matchbox Twenty, The Break and Repair Method, Tabitha's Secret

Paul John Doucette (born August 22, 1972) is an American musician best known for being the rhythm guitarist, drummer and backing vocalist of the band Matchbox Twenty.[1] Doucette is also known as a film composer and as the frontman of his own band The Break and Repair Method.

Early life[edit]

A native of North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, a suburb 15 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, Doucette graduated from Norwin High School in June 1990.

Career[edit]

Matchbox Twenty[edit]

After moving to Orlando, Doucette met Rob Thomas and Brian Yale and became part of the band Tabitha's Secret. The trio went on to form what would become Matchbox Twenty, which he is credited with naming. For their first three albums, Doucette was the band's drummer but with the departure of rhythm guitarist Adam Gaynor, Doucette took over the rhythm guitar duties. The Break and Repair Method drummer Ryan MacMillan took over on the drums for the compilation album Exile on Mainstream with both MacMillan and Doucette playing on the song "How Far We've Come". Doucette returned as the band's drummer for their fourth studio album North as well as remaining on rhythm guitar and piano with drummer Stacy Jones taking over for live shows.

Doucette has written or co-written a number of songs for Matchbox Twenty such as "How Far We've Come", "Overjoyed", "Could I Be You", "English Town" and many others. He also has had a large role in the lighting design for Matchbox Twenty concerts.

Solo career[edit]

After the release and supporting tour of Matchbox Twenty's third studio album More Than You Think You Are, the band went on a hiatus to allow members to pursue individual projects. Doucette began film composing in 2004 when he composed the score for the Nickelodeon film Shredderman Rules, featuring the song 'Better Days'. Doucette continued to compose film scores and won the 2005 Rhode Island Film Festival award for Best Score for the film Just Pray.

Whilst away from Matchbox Twenty, Doucette continued to write and create music. Doucette wrote and released a solo album under the moniker The Break and Repair Method titled "Milk the Bee". The album displayed Doucette away from the drums on guitar, piano and lead vocals and featured a string of featured artists including guitarist Rusty Anderson and Matchbox Twenty touring members Matt Beck and Ryan MacMillan."Milk the Bee" was released in 2009 during Matchbox Twenty's second hiatus. Also in 2009, Doucette was awarded the BMI Pop Songwriter of the Year.

In 2016 Doucette returned to composing for film writing the scores for "1 Mile To You" directed by Leif Tilden and starring Billy Crudup, Graham Rogers, and Tim Roth and for "The Archer" directed by Valerie Weiss.

Personal life[edit]

Doucette was married to Moon Unit Zappa, daughter of American musician Frank Zappa. They have one daughter, Mathilda Plum, who was born on December 21, 2004. It was announced in January 2012 that Doucette and Zappa would divorce.

In 2015 Doucette married designer Erin McColl.

Doucette resides in California.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas "Matchbox Twenty Biography", Allmusic, retrieved 2011-07-07