Paul Souza is the best kept secret in the music industry, but the secret is about to get out. He is a throwback to the classic Las Vegas style singer/performers whose style and swagger recalls the early years of entertainers like Elvis Presley and Tom Jones. The consummate crowd pleaser, Paul’s powerful pipes and magnetic personality perfectly compliment his “made for the movies” appearance. With a high energy approach to performing, Paul is a hurricane of intensity and excitement. His hauntingly expressive eyes and professional poise make him the perfect pitchman, with perfect pitch, for any product endorsement or company branding campaign. He is the frontman defined, “smooth, soulful and sexy!” Paul Souza is the total package among today’s most popular entertainers.
I was a jock throughout most of my life, however, music has always been my passion. I sang lead in my first band “Traces” when I was in junior high school. My best friend John Certuse talked me into it and he’s been talking me into stuff ever since! I attended Penn State University on a track & field scholarship and qualified for the Olympic Trials in the high jump event. I still have the Penn State high jump record. Haha! I played in various bands through college and decided to make it a vocation after graduation. My first post graduation band “Beat Surrender” lasted 7 years and got signed and dropped by Columbia and Atlantic Records before the ink was dry on the contracts. My next band “Cactusland” was signed to Aureus Records (a subsidiary of Warner Bros.) by infamous record hawk Lenny Petze who also signed Boston, Michael Jackson, Cindy Lauper and a host of other artists. “Cactusland” was swallowed up by the changing tides of the record industry and never saw the light of day. Later, I toured the US and recorded two albums with heavy metal favorite “Meliah Rage” who had previously released three albums on Epic Records. Sully Erna, the lead singer of “Godsmack,” was once the drummer for “Meliah Rage.” I formed “Velveteen Playboys” in 2005 with various lineup changes, but it was not until I joined forces with Bob Gay, Lenny Bradford, Robert Holmes, Mike Null and Ben Zecker that the band really began to take shape and realize it’s potential. I have always believed in the possibility of these songs and I am grateful to have the opportunity to be able to perform them at this point in my career. My mother once told me “the only thing I ever wanted you to be was a singer.” Who am I to disappoint my mother?
Birthplace: Mansfield, MA
Influences: The Beatles, Elvis, Mick Jagger, Robert Plant, Peter Gabriel, Pete Townshend, Bono
Favorite drink: Red Wine
Favorite place to play music: In front of people
Favorite article of clothing: Shoes
Last book read: When Giants Walked The Earth (Biography of Led Zeppelin). Currently reading Songwriters on Songwriting.
Passion: My family, my music