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biography

British pianist/vocalist Paul Kissaun mixes melodic pop and rock with jazz in a way that combines soul blues vocal stylings with a subtle undercurrent of wry disappointment often found in folkier artists like Joni Mitchell. In that vein, Kissaun will just as often cover a modern pop song as an old jazz standard, and his original compositions elegantly move between heartfelt balladry to wry personal commentary.

 

He began his professional life as an actor musician in the mid eighties before attracting the attention of Hereward K who, in 1989, asked him to join acapella chart toppers The Flying Pickets. During this time he shared the bill with a fair chunk of his musical heroes including Ray Charles, Nina Simone, Joan Baez to name but three.He continued with the band arranging and recording the Vox Pop album, combining this with a career in musicals. In 2000 he left the band in order to write for childrens TV and theatre including the theme for CITV's Jim Jam and Sunny. In 2011 he released his first solo album Rude Gospel which addressed many of his experiences up to that point.

 

Paul is now currently promoting his soon to be released third solo album, It's Been Today Before with a rhythm section comprising Mao Yamada on bass and Paul Emile on drums