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EMERGING TALENT – Paul Freeman

How do you get a record deal? You can try Paul Freeman’s approach. Strapping on an acoustic guitar, he hopped on RCA’s boardroom table, and serenaded industry legend Clive Davis with a heartfelt song entitled “You and I.” That was all it took for Clive to sign Paul. The young Welsh songsmith is now readying his debut for a summer release through RCA/Arista and “You and I” is set to be the first single. While dining on sushi at Makai in Santa Monica, Freeman comes off charismatic, funny and extremely friendly. As chichi businesstypes gather in the dimly lit, slick bar, Freeman reclines in a corner booth. Clad in a classy button-up shirt, with his dark hair perfectly “rock and roll,” his eyes dart around the restaurant with a youthful fascination. It’s apparent that he absolutely loves Los Angeles, and the city is perfect for his Bruce- Springsteen-meets-Oasis-arena-rock. Between sips of cold, imported beer, Freeman exclaims, “Pete Townshend said, ‘Once a British guy moves to Los Angeles, he never goes home.’ It’s true!If you’re even slightly artistic, you feel comfortable here.”

Paul’s definitely gotten comfortable in Los Angeles. He crafts melodic pop songs with a rock edge, and the City of Angels has served as inspiration. Tracks like the pensive and powerful “Earthquakes” were a direct result of L. A. life. “That song is about something dramatic happening and shaking your foundation, but the word ‘earthquakes’ wouldn’t have even been in my consciousness if I didn’t live here.”

Nothing can shake Freeman on stage. Whether it’s The Troubadour or Molly Malone’s, he treats each gig like he’s at Wembley Arena. During one big rock anthem, “Go On,” Paul ventures into the audience and engages even the most uptight, jaded crowds. He explains, “Whether you’re an artist, painter, musician or filmmaker, you’ve got to do something that’s going to resonate with people. That connection is something that everyone’s looking for. That’s why I like to leave the stage during my performances. I want to emphasize the fact that we’re all the same. I’m just a guy with a microphone and a guitar. I’m no better or worse than anyone else.”

As an artist, Paul needed the creative release that Los Angeles provided, and it’s served him well. “When I decided to leave London, it was either New York or here. L.A. has got a creative energy that no other city has to offer. There are upsides and downsides, but look out the window — the Pacific Ocean is literally hundreds of yards away. Who wouldn’t want to live here?”

– Rick Florino

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