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In 1998, Paul Durham and his rock band, Black Lab, released their Geffen Records debut Your Body Above Me to critical acclaim. The album yielded the top 10 rock and alternative single “Wash it Away,” and the top 40 ac and pop track “Time Ago.”

Paul Durham grew up in Twin Falls, Idaho before moving to San Francisco to pursue his passion for musical invention. He recorded and toured with a group of friends under the moniker “Durham,” and made an acoustic-based singer/songwriter record with celebrated jazz producer Lee Townsend. (now available at blacklabworld.com under the title Ten Million Years: songs from the nineteen nineties).

“Durham” split, but a deal with Geffen Records followed, a new band was built, and Black Lab’s debut was tagged as “one of this year’s breakout records” (Billboard). Hollywood called, and the band contributed songs to the soundtracks for Can’t Hardly Wait, Varsity Blues, Permanent Midnight, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. After a year of touring, Black Lab was poised to fulfill their destiny as “the American U2” (San Francisco Chronicle) when their record label was quickly shuttered. Over the next two years, Durham left his band, fired his manager and moved to LA. “In the end, all I had were my guitars and the songs I was writing.” Durham wanted to control the sound around his voice, so he bought a computer and learned to use it. “I had to get back to how it was in high school — just me and my four-track.”

The resulting demos got Durham a new deal with Epic Records. “The first thing I did was buy a giant ProTools system.

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