Headliner: Paul the Pianoman
July 1, 2024

This month, we chat with St Ives-based singer/songwriter, Paul the Piano Man! Paul is a well-regarded performer in the local area and we’re thrilled to speak with him!

I’m a published singer/songwriter, based in St Ives, Cambridgeshire. My songs are regularly featured on BBC Radio and local radio stations, plus also available on all the usual streaming channels!

When did you start making music?

I started writing songs about 45 years ago! I have several songs signed up with major music publishers, including EMI & Sony ATV Music Publishing.

My musical journey started with my classical piano training age 9 and I went through the classical grades until age 11. Then I discovered football (followed by girls!), and didn’t return to making music until I was 21. That’s when I started writing & recording songs and presenting them to the music publishers/record companies in Tin Pan Alley, in London. Once a month I would travel to London with a set of 3 new songs for the A&R guys to listen to. Many were rejected but several were signed and pitched to the big recording artists of the time – Cliff Richard, Art Garfunkel, Leo Sayer, Barbara Dickson and many others. I made it onto several album shortlists of these big artists, but sadly didn’t make the cut to get onto the album!

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

My early inspiration was definitely Elton John. In my mid – late teens, he was the one who made me want to go back to playing the piano and start writing songs. A few years later, I actually recorded one of my signed songs in Elton’s demo studio at DJM Records (Elton’s record label), which was a real buzz!

Later inspiration was from Billy Joel. Like Billy, I write the music and the lyrics and I love the way he tells a story through his songs.  You can hear influences from both in my own songs.

What are you currently working on?

I have a lot of projects on the go at the moment! I’ll be releasing my first Country album in the next few months, which I’m really excited about! I’ve already written most of the songs and the music publishers I’ve been working with really like them – so I’m really looking forward to completing that project and getting it out in the world!

I also have three original musicals that I’m working on, all at various stages of completion. These are huge projects, but I hope to have the first one ready to stage next year. On top of all that, I have my regular Pianoman gigs in and around St Ives, which always go down really well with the crowd.

As well as my love for writing and recording, it’s great to take your songs out on the road and play them live!

Scan the QR code below for my website (paulthepianoman.com), with latest gig guide, single releases & live performance videos:

Scan the QR code below to listen to my first Country single ‘Dance With Me Baby’: