I met Pauli Carman for the first time, back in November/2008 at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY. The occasion was a tribute at the Apollo in honor of the legendary NYC disc jockey Mr. Hal Jackson. Tons of artists came from all over the United States to pay tribute to Mr. Jackson for being the person who had really launched their careers, by giving them airplay in NYC on WLIB. I was there to cover the event for Soul-Patrol and was quite pleased to do so, since I have been listening to Hal Jackson on the radio, since I was a little boy. I took the adjacent picture (L-R: Freddie Jackson, Bobbi Humphrey, the late Al Goodman, Kevin Owens, Pauli Carman).
At some point during the course of the evening, I was introduced to Pauli Carman. We exchanged information and talked briefly. He seemed to be a pleasant enough brotha, however he explained to me that he was actually a bit nervous, because he was going to be onstage at the Apollo for the first time since his mega hit making days w/Champaign in the 1980's. So our conversation was brief and I went about my business and honestly forgot all about him till a few months later.
Paulie called me up and told me that he had some new music, he was working on an album and he wanted to share it with me when it was finished. A few weeks later he sent me a copy of the album. It was a diverse album covering many genres, jazz, classic soul, doo wop, neo soul, hip hop and more. In fact it was almost too diverse and when I called Pauli with my feedback, I told him as much. I told him that only a real music freak (like me) would even bother to listen to the whole thing. I liked the music on the album, but my feeling is that many people would reject it because it wasn't "focused" and it made people think too much (and most people don't like to "think too much.")
Pauli also asked me to give him some basic advice on internet strategies. That's not unusual, artists ask me for advice all of the time about how they might best approach the internet. Pauli also talked with a whole bunch of other smart people about the internet. Pauli took that advice to heart, and you can see for yourself on his well organized website at: http://www.paulichampaign.com When you go to Pauli's website (and I encourage you to do so, just navigate the site using the tabs at the top of the page. You can also send Pauli feedback, directly from the site by clicking on the email tab when you get there.
Then I didn't hear from Pauli Carman again for about a year. He contacted me one day out of the blue, not only to tell me about his redesigned website, but also to tell me he had gone back and re-thought his album and was now ready to present it to the world (apparently he had talked to a whole bunch of other people about the music besides me....LOL.) He wanted me to go to his site and listen to the tracks there, which I did. You can go to his website, then using the tabs at the top of the web page for navigation (click on the "Buy CD" tab) and listen to it for free as well, the album is called "Get Back To Love"
A few months later Pauli called me up and told me that was now becoming involved with doing a TV talk show and he wanted me to provide some feedback on the "pilot" episode to some of the other folks involved in the production. Since that time they have shot a whole lot more footage and the TV show really seems like it's coming together quite nicely. You can view it for yourself over on Pauli's website at: http://www.paulichampaign.com Just click on the tab entitled, "The Pauli Carman Show" when you get to the site. If you check out the show, be sure and drop Pauli a line to let him know what ideas you might have for the show. I know from personal experience that if you make a good suggestion, he will take it under advisement. In fact, if you don't want to email Pauli, check him out on Twitter & on Facebook. He is active on both sites.
This past summer, Pauli and I were talking on the phone about some potential ideas for the TV show and we started talking about the BP Oil Spill as a possible show idea. A few weeks later, Pauli told me that he had decided to run with the idea, but that he had taken things a little bit further. He had decided to write a new song, based on the Marvin Gaye classic "Mercy, Mercy (the Ecology)," to release it as a single and donate the proceeds to the victims of the oil spil. I took one listen to the song and was hooked. In my opinion it is one of the best releases of the year. You have simply got to talke a listen to it. And of course that is a pretty easy thing to do, by simply going over to http://www.paulichampaign.com When you get there, just click on the tab called "THE MERCY PROJECT," and take a listen. You can also go to a whole separate website that details the creation of the MERCY PROJECT once you get there. Use the email tab at the top of the page to provide feedback if you like.
I realize that this has been a pretty long winded introduction. However I wanted to tell you all of this simply because I wanted you all to know that Mr. Pauli Carman is an unusual Classic Soul artist. He's already got a whole bunch of hit records and has traveled the world as a result. However he is a person who makes no assumptions about the past vs. the present. This is a person who sets goals for himself, develops a plan, seeks imput and is always willing to learn. In fact he assumes that there is much to learn, so he surrounds himself with good/smart/honest people (such as Johnnie Lewis Tidewell), who help him to figure things out. In other words, he checks his ego at the door. He not only "knows what he doesn't know," Pauli Carman is also smart enough to go find out.
Scroll down and check out Pauli's bio/history of major hit songs. Then scroll down further and check out the story of THE MERCY PROJECT and check out the video. And of course be sure that when you visit Pauli's site at: http://www.paulichampaign.com that you give him some feedback. He is a man who pays attention to feedback!!!
BIO: PAULI CARMAN & CHAMPAIGN - A LEGACY OF PLATNUM HITS
Champaign is a distinctive sound that emerges as a textural blend of melodic catchiness, rhythmic power, inventive arrangements and the impassioned vocals of Pauli Carman.
Pauli Carman & Champaign have been a platinum success since their first release "How Bout Us." As testament to the band's multi-format appeal, "How Bout Us" jumped onto the Billboard pop and soul charts, soaring to number one on the adult contemporary charts. "How Bout Us" shot to number one in England and earned a platinum disc certification. In Holland, Belgium, and Asia, both single and LP produced two platinum discs.
The potent follow up to the group's debut album "How Bout Us" as "Modern Heart," featuring the hit single, "Try Again" co-produced by George Massenburg, best known as engineer for artists as diverse as Earth, Wind and Fire and Little Feat. "Try Again" also climbed to the top of the Billboard charts earning number one status. With the success of their first two releases, Champaign exploded onto the charts a third time with the release of the hit single "Off and On Love" from the album "Woman In Flames."
All of the Champaign hits were preceded by classic music video's reaching top 5 status on MTV, VH-1 and BET. Champaign has appeared on such hit TV shows as Soul Train, Solid Gold and American Bandstand as well as the international music show "Top of the Pop" in England and has toured such venues as Madison Square Garden, Cow Palace, United Center, Sanger Theatre, Epcot Center and many others.
Carman later embarked on a solo career with hit singles "Dial My Number" and "In the Heat Of the Night."
Pauli and Champaign are bringing this show LIVE…from the classic hits to the new releases. Paulie's innate ability to transform rhythms inside himself, channeling them through his sophisticated, impassioned vocals, laced with funk, jazz, R&B and hip hop percussion, along with a whole lot of soul, serves as his vehicle of delivery to his audiences with the same intensity.
Book Pauli Carman and Champaign for your next concert, showroom or special event. This exhilarating performer will take you to a whole new level, seducing you into his world of dynamic musical perfection. You will experience Pauli Carman and just why he is one of America's most treasured multi-platinum recording artists.
"MERCY" just released by multi-platinum recording artist Pauli Carman "Champaign" to benefit restoration/preservation from BP Gulf disaster.
Multi-platinum recording artist Pauli Carman has switched gears from writing/producing his current project to record "MERCY," his rendition of the provocative environmental anthem hit "Mercy, Mercy Me" recorded originally by the late singer Marvin Gaye. Gaye wrote and released this eerily prophetic tune for the landmark album, "What's Going On," almost forty years ago.
Carman was inspired and irresistibly compelled to record "MERCY" as he followed the daily news of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The increasing loss of marine and wild life, damage to the U.S. fishing and tourism industry, and watching the oil creeping treacherously toward the U.S. coastline conjured up feelings of urgency to contribute in whatever way he could.
Pauli Carman and "Champaign" catapulted to the top of the music charts in the Pop, Soul, R&B and Easy Listening genres with the #1 hits "How 'Bout Us" and "Try Again," still being played today. He has just released his CD Album #8, "Get Back 2 Love," available at iTunes.
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