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I think the material is excellent. I’ve benefited so much. I’ve now begun to improvise with some confidence and have written songs that feel authentic. I can now develop musically in a broad and rich way. Your work has illuminated an exciting path forward.– Roger
Paolo Nutini is a singer-songwriter from Paisley, Scotland.
His father’s side of the family hail from Italy but spent most of his time in Scotland where he met Paolo’s mum in Glasgow.
Born in 1987, Paolo Nutini’s career started when an artist was late to perform in his school, Paolo was asked by the music teacher to go up and sing a song.
The reaction from the crowd and Paolo’s naturally stunning voice caught the attention of his, soon to be manager who happened to be in the crowd!
A few years later, Paolo had signed with Atlantic and began work on his first album ‘These Streets’, which was released in 2006. Notable singles from this album was ‘Last Request’, ‘Jenny Don’t Be Hasty’, ‘New Shoes’ and ‘Rewind’.
All of the singles did well and earned Paolo a steady following in the U.K. His 2009 follow up ‘Sunny Side Up’ took Paolo from selling out two thousand capacity venues to five thousand in the U.K.
I was lucky enough to be on three legs of his 2009 tour. I saw Paolo, first hand, making the switch from small to medium-sized concert halls and always maintaining a sellout show.
With a fantastic team around him, Paolo has ensured a place among the most important U.K acts of the moment and he is very likely to maintain this position for many years to come.
Even though it has mainly been stated that Paolo is influenced by The Beatles, David Bowie, Oasis, U2, Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac, I could in his on the road vinyl collection mainly spot old school Soul artists like Sam Cooke.
Last Request – Paolo Nutini’s first single!
Maintaining his Scottish accent, instead of putting on an American accent like most singers would, Paolo automatically sounded like no one else.
Whether it’s the accent, his songwriting, management, lyric writing or appearance that drive women crazy everywhere he goes might be difficult to pinpoint. Perhaps it’s the full package.
As he performed ‘Last Request’ or any other of his ballads live, there was a noticeable tempo difference to the album versions allowing his voice to fully bloom.
If you feel that music has gone too plastic in the last decade or two, have a listen to Paolo Nutini, a contemporary singer that holds the flag high for credibility!
Spy Tunes likes him so much that we have recorded two songs from his debut album ‘Last Request and Rewind’.
Rewind was Paolo Nutini’s third single!
After ‘Last Request’ and ‘Jenny Don’t Be Hasty’, Paolo Nutini released ‘Rewind’.
He didn’t have the same success with the sales but this is still one of his most popular songs. The lyrics deal with the classic theme of relationship troubles using the phrase ‘Rewind’ to emphasise regret.
Live, Paolo has performed ‘Rewind’ in many different ways, constantly changing the arrangement, adding horn sections, strings etc, allowing the composition to stay alive for hundreds of more gigs.
It is obvious how Paolo’s main influences come from American soul music and it is mainly focused around the great soul singers like Sam Cooke. However, there is also a very strong folk influence which gives him a unique tone.
Since the release of ‘These Streets’, Paolo has toured steadily and gathered bigger and bigger crowds to share his music with.
His follow up album ‘Sunny Side Up’ is a triumph, his debut legendary. Paolo Nutini has both simple yet strong songwriting skills and a massive voice, very refreshing in today’s musical climate!
I loved every minute of watching this guy perform, a legend in the making!