BIG band singer Paul Pashley is kissing a dream.
He's singing new songs written for him by Grammy Award winning producer Eliot Kennedy alongside Gary Barlow and Bryan Adams! One is a new Barlow-Kennedy offering, an infectious pop swing number called Kissing A Dream.
"I'm honestly pinching myself. Working with new material written by these guys...this really is a dream come true,'' But there's more. Much more...
The swing singer - with his velvet voice, dark smouldering movie star looks and engaging showmanship - is serving up brave new jazz - swing arrangements pop classics!
The purists are also catered for. No Paul Pashley show is complete without great American songbook crowd pleasers like Sway, L-O-V-E, The Summerwind, From Russia With Love and many more...But he's doing it his way.
His strong, melodic trademark voice breathes fresh new fire into the genre. His timing, phrasing, interpretation and microphone technique is a joy to behold. Paul is an artist hungry to innovate.
He possesses a rare vocal versatility enabling him to effortlessly move notes and lighten tones as he breezes through the great works of Sammy Cahn, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer and Cy Coleman. Count Basie inspired arranger Iain Dixon is helping him to get the most out of the set list, new and old, including an up tempo surging brass arrangement of Frank Loesser's Let's Get Lost - a startling contrast to the soporific version made famous by American jazz trumpeter Chet Baker.
A confident but modest guy, there is nothing he enjoys more than the challenge to perform live, connecting with the audience and interpreting songs his way. He smashed it, to critical acclaim. Theatre dates followed fronting The Memphis Belle orchestra, a spin-off from the Hollywood war movie of the same name.
Playing some of the biggest theatres in the country led to even more bookings. Then came his next big break when Wayne Rooney flew him out to Italy, to sing at his wedding. Sir Alex Ferguson and other celebs have since become fans and request him for major events. It was at a star-studded cancer charity fundraiser that producer Eliot spotted the young singer - and recognised his potential to become a huge star.
He recently swapped his designer suit, white shirt and black tie for a Jimmy Dean-style photo shoot in a T-shirt and jeans. It says a lot about him and where he is right now.
"I've been so excited to try out new material at our live shows for the past few months and I've been getting an amazing response. The new songs sound like classics. That's the measure of the song writing team. They blend seamlessly into our set list and sit so well alongside the likes of Lets Get Lost and Night and Day...
"I can't thank lovers of big band swing music enough for all the support I'm getting. Without them, their encouragement and demand I wouldn't be doing this. Guess, I'm Kissing A Dream."
- THE ROONEY WEDDING RECEPTION (ITALY) (OK! magazine quotes available below)
- MAN UTD Champions League Final Aftershow performance for VIP and players (ROME)
- MEN Manchester Evening News Awards (Midland Hotel Manchester)
- Human Aid 2008 (Scandinavia)
- Miss Manchester (Palace Theatre
- Sir Alex Fergusons Charity Gala Dinner (MAN UTD)
- Manchester FC Player Of The Year Awards
- Various match day hospitality (MAN UTD)
- Liverpool FC
- Bolton FC
- Sheffield Wednesday FC
- Marie Curie
- Breast Cancer Awareness UK
- Factor 50
- Five Stars Charity
- Frost Foundation UK
- Radisson SAS
- Chester Racecourse (various)
- Lancashire Cricket Club
- Herbal Life (Oslo)
- Maester Groen (Oslo)
- Memphis Belle Big Band (originally featuring in Hollywood motion Picture) Principle Vocalist (Seville
- various theatres UK)
- The Kings Of Swing (Various large scale theatres around UK)
1 x 60 Minute Set
2 x 45 Minute Sets
A Full 7 piece line-up is also available and includes:
A young man that could really hit the mark with the looks and vocal ability to back it up"
"This is a young talent to watch, he should go far"
BBC Big Bands presenter Sheila Tracy
"To have 350 people on their feet during dinner and applauding just 5 lines into your opening number sent a chill down my spine"
John Birmingham, Director Adrenalin Compagniet
"A young, charming, handsome kid...with a voice that women will fight over, a voice that could be confused for being that of the King of the crooners, Frank Sinatra... our clients were certainly flying"
Bill Thompson, Managing Director, 'Hello Scotland'
"Effortless deliver of the ballads, the blues and the big band numbers was a spectacle to see and pure brilliance. Natural rapport and oodles of stage presence"
Frances Bickerdike, Blackpool Entertainments editor