Paul LePage (pronounced en francais) has been playing his own original music for the last 25 years. His combination of acoustic folk, roots and blues can be heard in his strong rhythmic finger-style and slide guitar, well thought out lyrics, solid vocals, and occasional blues harp accompaniment. Unique to some of his songs, he switches from finger-style to lap slide within the same song. It is an unconventional way of playing guitar but interesting to watch.
Paul released his first album "The Rising" in 1998 and has recently completed his second album "Closer To Home". Creating this second album was a labour of love for Paul with much of his heart and soul being poured into each song that he wrote.
Paul had the pleasure of working with some amazing people on "Closer To Home". The album was backed by some first-class musicians including renowned bass player, Mike Lent (k.d. lang, Jann Arden) also the producer of the album, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Mark Sterling (Come On In My Kitchen), who also co-produced the album, percussionist Mario Allende (La Bamba) and drummer Sandro Dominelli, a prominent member of the Edmonton Jazz community. Also singing backup vocals on two of the cuts is vocalist Karla Anderson.
Paul was born in Sept Isles, Quebec but moved to the Montreal area at a young age. It wasn't until his teens that he developed an interest in playing the guitar. It was an instant love that never faded. Paul is a self-taught musician and spent many hours in his youth passing the guitar around with his friends and singing harmonies to each other's tunes.
Paul moved to Alberta in his early twenties and was quickly inspired to begin writing and playing his own songs. He has been playing his original music in and around the Edmonton area and beyond for a number of years. One of Paul's most memorable gigs was playing The Cat Club on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.
"What's great about playing live is the connection with the audience through my songs." Paul says "It breathes life into the songs that I have written and draws the audience into my music."