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Paul Smith
Smith performing in Latvia in 2017
Smith performing in Latvia in 2017
Background information
Birth namePaul Smith
Born (1979-03-13) 13 March 1979 (age 45)
Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees, England
GenresIndie rock, art rock
Occupation(s)Vocalist, songwriter
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar
Years active2000–present

Paul Smith (born 13 March 1979) is an English singer and songwriter. He is best known as the lead singer of indie rock band Maxïmo Park.


Smith in November 2009

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

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] and in 2018, released a fourth solo album Diagrams.[4]


Smith grew up idolising Morrissey and has been compared by critics to the Smiths' former frontman and to Jarvis Cocker for his introspective lyrics and on-stage hyperactivity.[5][6][7][8]

Personal life[edit]

He is a fan of Middlesbrough F.C.[9]

Solo discography[edit]

  • Margins (2010)
  • Frozen By Sight (with Peter Brewis) (2014)
  • Contradictions (as Paul Smith and The Intimations) (2015)
  • Diagrams (2018)


  1. ^ Benzine, Adam (30 April 2007). "The 5-Minute Interview: Paul Smith, Singer". The Independent. London. Retrieved 16 November 2007.[dead link]
  2. ^ "Maximo Park's Paul Smith and Field Music members team up for new album". NME. 14 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  3. ^ "PAUL & THE INTIMATIONS SMITH - Contradictions - Amazon.com Music". amazon.com. 2015.
  4. ^ Maine, Samantha (15 August 2018). "Maxïmo Park's Paul Smith has announced a new solo album, listen to new track 'Silver Rabbit'". NME. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Park come out to play". Manchester Evening News. 22 July 2005. Retrieved 18 December 2023.
  6. ^ Simpson, Dave (21 October 2005). "Tales of woe and vodka". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 December 2023.
  7. ^ "Maximo Park". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 5 October 2007. Retrieved 18 December 2023.
  8. ^ "Maximo Park : A Certain Trigger". NME. 12 September 2005. Retrieved 18 December 2023.
  9. ^ Dunn, Alex (24 November 2010). "Paul Smith". Sky Sports. Retrieved 16 January 2022.

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