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Paul Carrack

Sheffield, England - 1951

Paul Carrack, who has been dubbed the ‘man with the golden voice’, began his musical career in 1970 as a pianist in the progressive rock band Warm Dust. He now has 18 albums to his name.

Touring since the age of 17, Sheffield-born Carrack wrote and sang the 1974 classic ‘How Long’ with the band Ace, and was main vocalist on ‘Tempted’ while with the band Squeeze.

Later he enjoyed success with Mike + The Mechanics, with tracks such as ‘The Living Years’, which was nominated for a Grammy, and  ‘Over My Shoulder’, co-written with Mike Rutherford. Not to mention another track another track of his, ‘Love Will Keep Us Alive’, which was co-written with The Eagles and won the prestigious ASCAP Song of the Year award.

Diana Ross sang Carrack and Nick Lowe’s composition, ‘Battlefield’, and Paul has collaborated over the years with The Smiths, Elton John, Roxy Music, The Pretenders, BB King and many others. These collaborations culminated in an invitation from Eric Clapton to join his touring band.

Since the turn of the century, Paul has been gaining momentum as a solo artist with the creation of his own label Carrack-UK in 2000 and the iconic release of ‘Satisfy My Soul’.

He has quietly built up a huge, loyal fan base of followers who not only devour his albums, but also attend his many, extensive tours in their thousands.

He has done all this and more by creating accessible, high-quality pop-soul with fantastic lyrics that say something about all our lives. His solo catalogue features much-loved, iconic songs such as ‘Satisfy My Soul’, ‘Eyes of Blue’ and ‘That’s All That Matters To Me’.

In 2021, he released his latest album, ‘One on One’. This album was conceived in the solitude of the COVID lockdown, with Carrack even having to take on the role of drummer. However, as lockdown was lifted, the album received the precious collaboration of Peter Van Hooke on production; Pee Wee Ellis (James Brown, Van Morrison) on tenor sax; and Robbie McIntosh (The Pretenders) on electric guitar on ‘A Long Way to Go’.

With this latest album, Carrack has been described as ‘a legend who at this stage of his career should not have anything to prove, but still exceeds all expectations’ (Efe Eme).



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