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“You really just have to be cognizant of how hard you’re working…try to step back from it as if you are another person and just look at it…try to get a different angle on it because when you’re in the middle of it, you don’t really see what’s happening.”– Paula Atherton
A native of New York, jazz vocalist/musician Paula Atherton began studying voice and flute at the age of nine, becoming proficient on saxophone during her teenage years. She studied with a number of notable jazz artists including Lee Konitz and Bob Mintzer, performed at the New York Ball celebrating Bill Clinton’s first inauguration, and led the house band for the cable comedy show Girls Night Out. Playing saxophone, Atherton and her band, Interplay, managed to attract a following in the New York City area and released Let Me Inside Your Love in 2001. Atherton returned in 2009 with the album, Groove with Me. In 2013, she released her third studio effort, Enjoy the Ride.
Paula Atherton is the second artist signed to the Kalimba Music label, owned by the legendary founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White. Paula has shared the stage with such contemporary notables as The Rippingtons, Nick Colionne, Chuck Loeb, Cindy Bradley, David Sanborn and Bob James. Paula’s 2013 release ENJOY THE RIDE whose first single “Sassy Strut” (featuring Nick Colionne) was on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Chart for fifteen weeks and reached #15. Performances in 2013 included Capital Jazz Fest, Spaghettini’s, Balcones Heights Jazz Fest, Low Country Jazz Fest and Las Vegas Jazz Fest.
The new CD, titled EAR CANDY, offers a unique blend of various genres – a jazzy mix of classic funk, Philly soul and old school R&B. This collection features Paula Atherton on Sax, Flute, and vocals. Special guests include Nick Colionne, Cindy Bradley, and Gail Jhonson.
For more information visit her website at www.PaulaAtherton.com
The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation
The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation keeps music alive in our schools by donating musical instruments to under-funded music programs, giving youngsters the many benefits of music education, helping them to be better students and inspiring creativity and expression through playing music.
We believe that kids thrive when given the chance to learn and play music. Putting an instrument into their hands improves the quality of their education and their lives. The window is brief and all kids deserve a chance to play music in school!
For more information visit their website at www.mhopus.org