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Paula Standing produces acoustic folk songs with an old country twist and a sting in the tale. Both local and universal in songwriting and performance, what you hear, will not be what you expect.
Soulful vocals and powerful stories of ordinary and extraordinary people. Paula Standing takes everyday experiences and turns them into delicious tales with a sting. The human story is the most intricate and complex of all, but is often repeated and lessons often not learned ‘until it happens to us’. Overtones of influence from Joni Mitchell, Lucinda Williams and Gillian Welch echo through these haunting melodies.
Life began in Far North Queensland for this folkie, but as a classically trained singer. Paula Standing tread the boards in musicals, operettas and choirs. After moving to SA, she began to explore new genres and eventually started penning her own songs. But recording only began in 2010 after teaching herself guitar. Swayed by the greats, EmmyLou Harris, Gillian Welch, John Prine and Joni Mitchell, Paula was drawn to the world of Folk with an old country twist.
Following redundancy in 2013 Paula fell head long into a full time music career, even taking the time to study Music Business. Releasing a new single ‘Running Away’ in 2014, marked a turning point. This collaboration with other musicians produced a new direction for her as a solo artist. In 2015, Paula began recording new material, adding layers of local talent to produce an extraordinary new album, ‘All Fun & Games’.
Don’t be fooled by the title, somebody really does ‘lose an eye’. Always watch out for the sting in that tale.
After a year of hard slog, Paula released some exciting new works. A new EP Launched in November, 2017. Good Heart offers six brand new songs featuring the single, ‘Pity Me’.
Back Catalogue: “In The Living Room” Album of covers released 2010; “Telling Tales” Album of original songs released 2013; “Running Away” single released 2014; “All Fun & Games” released 2015; “I Tried To Write A Christmas Song” single released 2016; “Good Heart” released 2017.