MANY music acts claim to be influenced by American music, but Paul Olexa’s take on Transatlantic sounds is more authentic than most.
The rhythm and blues singer-songwriter, who was born in Washington DC but settled in Billinge after meeting wife Marie on a trip to Rome, is preparing to release his debut single Another Round.
Paul’s music, which he has been honing on the local open mic circuit, is influenced by everything from blues guitarists such as Eric Clapton and BB King to singers like MIchael Jackson and the sounds of the Motown era.
Paul, 30, said: “The song is about buying an unfamiliar drink in a bar which contains all the ingredients of a relationship.
“I’ve been playing guitar since I was about 13, and I just started picking out songs I heard on the radio by ear.
“Most people say I have a blues feel , but as a kid I also sat in the car listening to people like Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson. I’m also interested in classical music like Mozart and Beethoven, and I think that comes through in my music.”
Paul is currently juggling his musical ambitions with his day job in social work, but hopes to release both the single and a full-length album of his songs later this year.
He is also planning to film videos for a couple of his songs and showcase his music for audiences on the live scene.
To find out more, visit www.standard5records.com or look for Paul Olexa on Facebook.