Paul Engemann

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Paul Engemann
Birth namePaul Robert Engemann
Born (1957-10-15) October 15, 1957 (age 62)
United States
Years active1973–1990
Associated actsAnimotion, Device, Giorgio Moroder

Paul Robert Engemann (born October 15, 1957) is an American former pop musician best known for his 1983 song "Scarface (Push It to the Limit)". The song featured prominently in the film Scarface, which was released in the same year.


With his sister Shawn (now married to Larry King), Paul had a small (#91) national chart record, "For Your Love", in 1975, billed as Christopher Paul, and Shawn. His younger sister Shannon Engemann (born 1964) is an actress and a model.[1]

Together with Giorgio Moroder, he had a number one hit in Germany (#81 in USA) with "Reach Out", that became the official song of the 33rd Olympic Games 1984 in Los Angeles. Among other releases were "American Dream" (with Giorgio Moroder 1984), "Face to Face" (1985), "Shannon's Eyes" (1985, 1986), "Brain Power" (Summer School soundtrack) (1987), "To Be Number One" (1990), and "NeverEnding Story" (2000).

Paul Engemann was the lead vocalist of the 1980s band Device, whose only album, the futuristically titled 22B3, was released in the spring of 1986. It produced a Top 40 single with "Hanging on a Heart Attack", which peaked at number 35. Device was formed by musician-songwriter Holly Knight,[2] with Engemann serving as lead vocalist along with Knight, and session guitarist Gene Black. Producer-songwriter Mike Chapman, who had worked with Knight in the past, produced the album.

Engemann joined the band Animotion as co-lead singer with actress Cynthia Rhodes (who replaced Astrid Plane) in 1988 (Engemann took the place of the former male lead Bill Wadhams) and had a top-ten hit with the single "Room to Move" from the Dan Aykroyd movie My Stepmother Is an Alien.[2] Animotion dissolved in 1990.

Since retiring from the music business, Engemann opened a design business which he ran for approximately 17 years with his wife, the former actress and model Suzanne Barnes. Their work was featured on the cover of Architectural Digest.

He is currently a top distributor for the Xocai Corporation.[3] He has subsequently appeared in several online commercials, marketing the company's Healthy Chocolate as well as calling for viewers to enlist as distributors.[4]

Engemann has been married to actress and former model Suzanne Barnes since 1985. They have one son, Austin.[5][6]


with Device[edit]

with Animotion[edit]

  • Animotion (1989)

Solo songs[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Dirty' Dancer Singing Pop Music". Kentucky New Era. May 24, 1989. Retrieved November 29, 2010.
  3. ^ Video on YouTube
  4. ^ "Xocai Testimonial - Paul Engemann". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-02-12.
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