Paul Zunno, renowned for his lighting fast hands on the guitar and soulful singing, grew up in East Northport, Long Island. The self-taught blues/rock guitarist has led a sterling career performing with giants of the music world. In addition to playing alongside some of the music industry's top professionals his songs can be heard in film and television.
Zunno held the distinct honor of playing lead guitar for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Wilson Pickett. He appeared on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' in support of Pickett's last album and performed in the Miramax film, 'Only the Strong Survive'; a movie about legendary soul singers. Zunno toured throughout the U.S., Europe and Australia with Pickett for seven years until Wilson's passing in 2006.
Paul Zunno has also written and recorded songs for Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame inductee Gary U.S Bonds including 'Christmas is On', featured in 2007's holiday film 'A Merry Little Christmas'. His music has been licensed for television, including MTV's 'The Real World' and most recently on Fox's 'So You Think You Can Dance'
Zunno has released three diverse albums that incorporate blues, rock and authentic roots music; 'The Honeybee', 'Black & White and Blues All Over' and 'Paul Zunno - Solo Acoustic'. Americana Homeplace included the "Solo Acoustic" CD in their top picks for 2008. Zunno's music receives international radio airplay.
In 2008, he released the single, 'Hold Me Up - Benefit for 9/11 First Responders' with all proceeds from the sale of the song being donated to the FealGood Foundation. The FealGood Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to ill 9/11 first responders. 'Hold Me Up' was hand picked from his solo acoustic CD and re-worked into a full band version.
In 2009, Zunno released his rocking Holiday single, 'Tis the Season to Be Loving You. The song was originally written for Gary U.S. Bonds and was decidedly produced with a nod to Wilson Pickett. The credits on the song include a who's who in the music business from touring band members of Lenny Kravitz, James Taylor and The Rolling Stones to session players for Avril Lavigne and Brittany Spears as well as Grammy nominated engineers.
Zunno has performed at festivals and theaters throughout the United States and Canada as a solo artist and with his band. The Fishman company, the world leader in acoustic amplification, made Paul Zunno their featured artist for December 2009 an honored shared by such artists as John Mayer, Dave Matthews and Paul Simon among others.
Paul Zunno lives in Manhattan and is currently performing his solo acoustic concert at New York City Center Studios.
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