Paul Smith (rock vocalist)

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Paul Smith
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Background information
Birth name Paul Smith
Born (1979-03-13) 13 March 1979 (age 37)
Billingham, England
Genres Indie rock
Art rock
Occupation(s) Vocalist, Songwriter
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Years active 2000–present
Associated acts Maxïmo Park

Paul Smith (born 13 March 1979, Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees, England) is a musician best known as the singer for the British indie rock group Maxïmo Park.


Smith is the eldest of three children, and was educated at Northfield School. He briefly worked as an art teacher[1] at Stockton Riverside College before he was asked to join the band. He attended Newcastle University completing a BA and MA following a 1-year Foundation Studies course at Cleveland College of Art & Design in Hartlepool.

Maxïmo Park released their debut album on Warp Records in 2005 and Smith continues to perform and record with the band. He is known for his energetic and passionate performances. Away from the band, he has collaborated with poet Lavinia Greenlaw on a musical adaptation of her poem, 'Essex Kiss', as well as composing a 26-minute a cappella piece of music for Great North Run Culture. The work is entitled, 'A Mind Full Of Nothing But Continue' and was performed live in 2013 at Sage Gateshead. An as yet unreleased recording of the entire work was made in the spring of 2014 at Dave Maughan's FMP Studio in Newcastle upon Tyne, co-produced by Paul Smith and Dave Maughan.

Paul Smith released his debut solo album, Margins in 2010, before undertaking a full European and UK tour. Alongside this release, his first photographic book, Thinking In Pictures, was released, too, featuring 74 Polaroids taken over 6 years. Recently he appeared as a guest editor for The Mays XIX and was an artistic advisor for the 2013 Festival Of The North East.

In 2014 Smith teamed up with Field Music singer Peter Brewis to record an album, ‘Frozen By Sight’, derived from his travel writing and featuring string arrangements by Brewis.[2]

In 2015 he released 'Contradictions', a solo album, as Paul Smith and The Intimations.[3]

Smith is a supporter of the football club Middlesbrough.[4] In the 2003–04 and 2004–05 seasons, Smith played as a striker in the Tyneside Amateur League before leaving due to his growing commitments with Maxïmo Park.

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