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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!"
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
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!”