12 June 1962 (age 57)
Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
There are at least three artists by this name. First, a rock musician and second, one of CCM's greatest artists:
1. Paul is most noted as the lead guitarist for The David Cross Band . He is however also an instrumental rock / metal guitarist writing and recording solo material.
Musically educated at the University of London , Paul studied classical music ranging from the 16 th to 20 th centuries and has come to incorporate this knowledge into his own unique compositional and playing style. Paul's music education however was not limited to studying the classical masterpieces, he has played with numerous bands in many diverse styles like blues rock, heavy metal, funk, reggae, progressive rock and fusion.
In 1994, Paul joined The David Cross Band and has performed on several albums and international tours playing David Cross' own brand of passionate and complex progressive rock music along with some of King Crimson's classics too.
Paul's playing style is known for a striking balance between lyrical and melodic lines, and intensely technical phrases all driven from a passionate and highly expressive foundation. His music combines elements from Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods, in conjunction with rock and metal styles creating a wide ranging dynamic canvas. The listener is taken on a great aural saga from fragile delicate moments through to highly intense and energetic peaks providing a unique experience.
2. Paul Clark is one of the founding fathers of Contemporary Christian music, and one of its most celebrated and greatest selling artists. He has recorded over 17 solo albums, and written over 400 songs. Born in Kansas City, Kansas he recorded his first album in 1971, Songs from the Saviour Vol 1. Its songs became one of the first signs of the growing “Jesus Movement” of the early 70’s. In 1974 and 1975, he recorded two albums as "Paul Clark & Friends" with Glass Harp's Phil Keaggy, and CCM veterans Jay Truax on bass and drummer John Mehler.
He went on to record a further 13+ albums including the well received 1977 album (solo once again), “Hand to the Plow,” which contained the classic Christian wedding song that launched a thousand marriages (probably exponentially more ..): "Woman/The Man That I Love" duet with Kelly Willard.
In 1978, Paul followed up with perhaps his greatest album: “Change in the Wind,” and in 1980 with the harder -edged “Aim for the Heart”. These three albums (including "Hand To the Plow") contained jazz influences and are quite well produced in the context of other Christian music of the time. “Aim for the Heart” featured Abraham Laboriel on bass along with session musicians Harlan Rogers, Hadley Hockensmith and Bill Maxwell. (All four went on to become members of Koinonia jazz band from ‘82 till about 1990.)
Continuing in 1981 with "A New Horizon," Paul departed temporarily from the more mainstream rock of "Aim For The Heart" and returned to the rock/jazz genre that was so evident on "Change In The Wind."
Paul continued to record throughout the 80s, 90s, and now the '00s.
3. Paul Clark is also a British artist born June 12 in Leeds, Yorkshire, Paul was educated at Lofthouse Gate County Primary School, Benton Park Grammar School and finally at Jacob Kramer College of Art. After leaving college he worked as a sign designer at Oldham Signs and at 23 moved to London to work at a music store on Kilburn High Road. A few months later he formed The Intimates with Jo Broadberry (Jo Broadberry and The Standouts), Danique Osborne, Mick Rossi (Slaughter and The Dogs) and John Altman.
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