Written by PJM
This multi-talented singer songwriter and musician (plays guitar, piano, bantar, and more has decided to go back to the basis of American Popular music "The Blues" and use this as venue to share his love of music and spread his message of Peace to the masses. He had influences of James Brown, Jimi Hendrix and Richie Havens but decided to go back a little further to artists like Lightning Hopkins, B.B. King, Mississippi John Hurt, Furry Lewis for some inspiration. His contemporary influences have been Taj Mahal and Keb Mo'. He has self produced 10 albums of original blues music over the past 15 years. Extended stays in Louisiana put him in tune with the Delta sound. He has played international in the countries of Germany, France and extended stay in Switzerland where he played the Lucerne Blues Festival from 1996-2001. His infectious musical style is a delight to people all over the world. From the coffeehouses of Bowling Green State University-Ohio in the 70's, to Southern California in the 80's to Switzerland and back he has played with numerous bands while still continuing his solo works.
Paul has written a large volume of music he labels "The People's Music" Miles won the Detroit Blues Society 1st Solo Performer of the Year award in 2002. he represented Michigan at the blues First International Competition and convention in Memphis, Tenn. in Jan 2003. His CD titled 'A Peace of the Blues was nominated by the Detroit Music Awards 2005 for Best R&B/Blues Recording as well as best Blues writer. He was also nominated by "Great Stuff to do-2005, internet news magazine affiliated with WWJ local 950am as best Entertainer for 2005, among those nominated were Kid Rock, Anita Baker, Eminen,and Alexander Zonchik. He was nominated for 2005 release Deep Water Blues for 7 final nominations for the 2006-Detroit Music Awards, including Best Album in two categories Acoustic/Folk and Blues/R&B. In 2007 in March he was nominated for 8 more individual awards in both acoustic/folk/blues as instrumentalist ,vocalist, and songwriter. He won his first Detroit Music Award for being the best folk/acoustic instrumentalist in all of Detroit. He released on Nov 26 -2007 latest CD "Stepping' Out" with 16 new original songs. On April 25, 2008 He received 3 Detroit Music Awards for Best Blues/R&B Album/Best Blues/R&B Songwriter and Best Blues Instrumentalist. His latest effort has been to write a song for Detroit named Motown Still Our Town this was released on Jan 18, 2009. This song has a host of outstanding Detroit Talent from The Original Vandellas, Barbara Payton, Jill Jack, Carolyn Striho, Tracy Kash Thomas, Nadir, Scott Dailey, Kroon, Pato, Billy Furman, Chris Spooner, Big Al ,Ken Murphy, Sonnie Day, Luther "Badman" Keith, Terrie Lea, Joey Spina, Joe Neely, Michael On Fire, Khary WAE Frazier and Paul Miles. It was recorded at www.1440collective.com The song will be used a fundraiser for the city which has fallen on hard times but will rise with the spirit of the people. The Video "Motown Still Our Town" won a Detroit Music Awards for best video in 2010 for a budget under $10,000. His CD Blue Collar Man was final nomination for Best Blues/R&B Recording in 2010. Paul also picked up a nomination in the first Detroit Black Music Awards as a finalist in the Blues category, Best Male Blues Artist, which was held in 2010. He received a final nomination for Best Blues Singer for the Detroit Black Music Awards for 2011. In 2012 He has been named finalist in 6 Detroit Music Award catergories including Outstanding Blues/R&B recording for "Healing Vibrations." On August 5, he was awarded by the Detroit Black Music Awards as Best Blues Singer-2012. A new solo CD "Back to Sturgis" was released the same day as he performed in Sturgis, South Dakota. An upcoming Band CD/DVD will be released late October titled Paul Miles Spirit of Humanity Show Part II.
He has performed at these venues/festivals in metro Detroit . The former "Attic Bar", World Famous Baker's keyboard, Caribou Coffee, Jambalaya Festival-Pontiac-Michigan, Blues Stage Club, Tenny Street Roadhouse, Memphis Smoke, Northfield Roadhouse, Pontiac -Arts, Beats and Eats Festival, Hastings Ballroom, Birmingham &Rochester Farmer's Market, Detroit Festival of the Arts, 5th Avenue Ballroom in Royal Oak/Comerica Park, Midland Antique Festival, Southfield Library Blues Series, Alibis-Windsor, Canada, Capital Theater-Windsor, Mark Ridley's Magic Castle, Howes Bayou, Danny's Irish Pub, Channel 4 WDIV-Detroit-Super Bowl Pregame Show Campus Martius, Detroit Winter Blast, Brighton's 1st Jazz and Blues Festival-2006, Oakland University,Old Town Bluesfest-Lansing-Michigan, Bert's Warehouse ,Eastern Market, and many others... Paul just completed his first Sturgis Bike Rally from Aug 4-Aug 13,2011. Upon returning to Michigan recorded a Podcast Sept 1, 2011 to hear go to http://www.whfr.fm After finishing a summer of concerts/recording/video work.Paul completed 2011 with a spot on the H&R Block national commercial "Never Settle for Less". He will be spending the winter in Arizona working inthe Scottsdale area and working on his musical "Motown Still Our Town" and other projects. Featured concerts include his first band CD and DVD , also writing songs for Detroit Icon Ortheia Barnes upcoming album.He'll be traveling to Switzerland to finish a album with Joe Charitos-Lucern guitarist later in July 2012.
There is a list of other radio stations locally playing his music.am/fm/internet... "Keeping the Blues Alive" is his motto.
Paul would like his music to reach out and touch you...