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Alan Paul

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Alan Paul is best known as a member of the multi-Grammy-winning vocal foursome, The Manhattan Transfer.

Paul began singing at the age of six, his earliest musical experiences coming from his family. “There was always a lot of singing going on in my house,” he says. “We had this old Emerson reel-to-reel tape recorder that we’d sing into. My grandfather was a cantor and his singing influenced my mother who in turn inspired me.”

He spent his childhood in Newark, New Jersey where he was exposed to all kinds of music. “Newark was a cultural melting-pot located 20 miles from New York City,” he says. “Consequently, I was exposed to a wide variety of music that bombarded the metropolitan airwaves, ranging from pop, R&B, jazz, gospel, salsa, and swing, to classical, opera, and Broadway musicals.”

At the age of seven, he had the opportunity to develop his aspirations at a local Boys Club that he and his older brother Jerry belonged to. “The people at the Boys Club were very supportive of my singing and encouraged me to develop my talents. They awarded me a scholarship that enabled me to study privately in New York and put me through college.” Currently, Paul continues his association with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newark as a member of their Board of Trustees, and helps set up new programs and fund-raisers for a new generation of children.

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