Paul Stuart Davies

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Paul Stuart Davies
Born (1982-06-24) 24 June 1982 (age 37)[1]
Manchester, England
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, vocal coach
Associated acts
WebsiteOfficial website

Paul Stuart Davies (born 24 June 1982) is a British soul singer, songwriter and vocal coach.

Early career[edit]

Davies began performing on the North West pub and club circuit from the moment he left school in 1998. He studied music through Access to Music and Blackburn College before being asked to work for both, launching a career as a vocal coach. In 2003, Davies, along with guitarist Mark Bateson, set up Darwen School of Music (originally Elite School of Music) and in the same year received an award of excellence presented by Beatles producer Sir George Martin.

2012–present[edit]

Davies' first independent single release "Mighty by Nature" reached number 1 on the UK iTunes Rock chart in July 2012 and hit the number 28 spot in the official UK Indie Chart; [2] despite having no official label backing. "Mighty by Nature" was written in memory of Lewis Mighty, a seven year old victim of neuroblastoma.

Further recordings of "Let's Get it On" and "Time Will Pass You By" gained the attention of Janis Gaye (wife of Motown singer Marvin Gaye) and Northern soul DJ Russ Winstanley, leading to an increased presence on the UK's Northern soul scene.

In September 2015, Davies made his first appearance at The World's Biggest Northern Soul Weekender at Butlins resort, Skegness, Lincolnshire, England, performing alongside classic Motown artists The Velvelettes, Brenda Holloway, The Contours, and a duet with Kim Weston on "It Takes Two".

He returned in 2016 to share the stage with Tommy Hunt, Dean Parrish, Pat Lewis, Chris Clark and Sidney Barnes, where the group recorded a version of Frank Wilson's "Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)" for charity, along with Johnny Boy and the Signatures, under the name Northern Soul Survivors.

In 2017, Davies made his first visit to Detroit to record at the United Sound Systems studio. The single "Tomorrow's Love" was recorded at this time, with background vocal contributions from Kim Weston, Tobi Lark, Pat Lewis and original Vandellas Annette Beard and Rosalind Ashford. The B-side was Davies' rendition of "Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)" which he had previously released as a single featuring The Original Vandellas in 2016.

2018 saw Davies join Manchester Camerata and Joe Duddell for an orchestrated Northern soul and Motown project, that debuted at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall to rave reviews.

Discography[edit]

Year Release Chart positions
UK Indie
2012 "Mighty by Nature" - single 28
2015 "Time Will Pass You By" - single
2016 Northern Soul Reimagined EP
2017 "Tomorrow's Love" - single

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "UK Top 30 Indie Singles Chart". The Official Chart. BBC Radio 1. 5 August 2012.

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