London born multi-faceted vocalist, songwriter and AAMA Award (The African Australian Music Awards) winner Paula Baxter started her musical journey at the age of six. It was artists like Nina Simone, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston that fueled Paula’s passion for music leading her to pursue a career as a vocalist. After graduating from college Paula went on to perform with various original and cover bands before being snatched up by Norman Cook (Fat Boy Slim) to sing backup vocals for one of his projects ‘The Alfabet Tree’. After several years of playing the UK circuit the band released their debut album and embarked on a European tour.
After mild success Paula left the band to concentrate on her own material, which lend her to relocate to Sydney. Once fully immersed in the Sydney music scene it didn’t take long before Paula was a vocalist in demand called upon to lend her vocals to artists such as Christine Anu, Richard Clapton, ‘1927’, James Morrison, Mark Williams (Dragon) Paul Mac and Jessica Mauboy. Paula was also called upon as backing vocalist to international touring artists; Tony Hadley (Spandou Ballet) Belinda Carlisle (The Go Go’s) Josh Groban, Ben Portsmouth (Taking care of Elvis) and Michael Franti (Spearhead)
One of the most exciting musical moments for Paula was when she shared a stage with the great Smokey Robinson during his short promotional tour in 2012. Paula remarks on ‘how amazing it was to see one of the all time musical greats mesmerize the audience with his magical presence, a moment I will never forget’.
Paula’s television credits include: The Voice, The Today Show, Sunrise, Good News Week, Spiks & Spacks, Rove Live and Mornings with Kerrie Anne.
Paula’s original music is a blend of soul infused reggae, funk, disco, house and pop which she delivers using a unique vocal style that is sultry, soulful, powerful and distinctive. Her songs have been added to Triple J’s ‘unearthed’ and other various community radio playlists. Paula’s debut EP ‘Experience’ co -written with Paul Searles (Skunk Hour) was released in 2010 to rave reviews and is to be followed by her second EP, co written and produced by Ramsay McInnes and Chris Luder in early 2016.
Paula has a Bachelor of Music (BMUS) from the University of New England and has also been teaching singing for the past 3 years. With so many great credits to her name and a successful EP under her belt, it 's no wonder Paula Baxter is fast becoming one of Australia’s most exciting and captivating artists.