Paula Harris

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" If Etta James Fronted the Tower of Power and they were a Blues Band- THAT is what Paula Harris sounds like!"

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Paula delivers a mix of Impudent, Humorous, and Naughty Lyrical content in a Fusion of Blues, Funk and Jazz. Her band is world-class and they put on a show that is as impressive as their sound. They won the 2012 Battle of the Bands for the Golden Gate Blues Society and the San Francisco Bay Area, the 2012 Monterey Blues Festival’s Battle of the Bands, and finished in the top three worldwide in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge.( after receiving standing ovations at all stages of the competition!) This group is rapidly becoming known as one of the hottest bands to hit the blues scene in years. ​ Paula, a Native of South Carolina, is also a classically trained vocalist. But with a style that is obviously influenced by the likes of Etta James, Diane Schuur, Gladys Knight and Aretha Franklin- it was only natural for her to gravitate towards the genre’s of Blues, Jazz and Soul. While most vocalists who cross genres tend to choose songs that fall in the middle ground between them, Paula’s astonishing versatility allows her to sing the full spectrum of all three. Her first professional job was in an 800 seat theater facility in Myrtle Beach that ran nightly shows where Paula was a featured cast member and vocalist. She then went on to work with several symphony orchestras such as the “Long Bay Symphony” and the “Atlanta Pops Symphony” as well as fronting the “Carere Orchestras” for a decade. George Carere describes her as a “Vocal Powerhouse” and a “Dynamo on stage, capable of captivating audiences with her distinctive voice aShe now performs with her band “The Beasts of Blues” and her Horn section “The Big Ass Brass”. On June 29th, 2012 they released their debut CD, “Turning on the Naughty” which is receiving high praise and acclaim. They can be seen locally at Biscuits and Blues as well as nationally and internationally.nd charm”.

Paula signed with Blues legend William Bell (formerly of Stax records) and his production company “Wilbe Records” where she worked for five years before relocating to San Francisco where she spent two years as resident vocalist at the world famous “Top of the Mark” Jazz & Blues Club with Grammy Nominee, Ricardo Scales. Ricardo describes Paula as “One of the Best Vocalists I’ve ever heard!”

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