Paula Atherton

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Sax player/vocalist and songwriter Paula Atherton has shared the stage with such contemporary jazz notables as The Rippingtons,  Nick Colionne,  Chuck Loeb, Cindy Bradley, Karen Briggs, Althea Renee, Rick Braun, Four80East, David Sanborn, Bob James, Marc Antoine, Hiroshima, Gerald Albright and Chieli Minucci.  Paula has also worked in the traditional jazz field; one of the notable performances being a week long engagement at the Blue Note NYC with pianist and jazz legend, Hank Jones.  Paula also performed with Grammy award winning singer Dee Dee Bridgewater at the Annenberg Theater, for the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival.

Paula’s 3rd CD, “Enjoy the Ride,” had 2 Billboard charting singles.  The first penned and co-produced by Nick Colionne, entitled, “Sassy Strut,” reached #15 on Billboard, and was on the chart for 15 weeks. The second was the Herbie Mann influenced flute feature entitled, “Herbie,” which reached #22
and was on Billboard for 7 weeks.

Paula released her 4th CD titled, “Ear Candy” on February 17th, 2015 on the Kalimba Music label, owned by Earth, Wind and Fire.  Special guests include Nick Colionne, Cindy Bradley, and Gail Jhonson.  The single “Between You & Me”, featuring Cindy Bradley on trumpet, reached #21 on Billboard.  Some tour dates included Jazz at Jack’s in Denver, Spaghettini’s in Seal Beach, CA, Jazz in the Park in Birmingham,  AL, Smooth Jazz Festival in Atlanta, Suite Jazz series in Atlanta, Gallery Suite Jazz series in Lansing, Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Fest in CA, Las Vegas Jazz Festival, Capital Jazz fest and Low Country Jazz fest with Jazz in Pink, Smooth Jazz at Sunset in MI (opening for Marc Antoine), Southern Tier Jazz festival in Elmira (opening for Rick Braun), the 3rd annual Women’s Jazz festival in Huntsville, AL, Lake Arbor Jazz Festival in MD, the Hub City Fest in NJ (4 years in a row) and the Pensacola Jazz Festival, which Paula headlined in April 2018.

Her television work includes appearances on the Today show, Good Morning America, and Rachel Ray, with Michael Bolton, Paula also wrote the score for the independent film ‘The Definition of Insanity’.  Paula's current and 5th CD, “Shake It” has many special guests, including Cindy Bradley (trumpet), Nick Colionne (guitar),   Bill Heller (keys) from the Rippingtons, Dave Delhomme (Keys) from the Tonight show band with Ricky Minor and American Idol, Schuyler Deale (bass, co-producer) who performed with  Jeff Lorber, among many other great guest artists!  The first single, “My Song For You,” written and produced by Nick Colionne, reached #6 on Mediabase, #12 on the Smooth Jazz Network, and #16 on Billboard, and was on Billboard for 12 weeks.  Paula was featured on Cindy Bradley’s single on Trippin’ ‘N’ Rhythm entitled, “Girl Talk.” It reached #2 on Billboard Oct 2017.

Paula was featured in 2018 on the “Ones to Watch” segment of the Dave Koz  radio show, and was interviewed by him.  Paula was also nominated as one of the top 10 breakout artists of 2018 by Allen Keplers’ Smooth Jazz Network.  Paula performed at the Hot Smooth Jazz festival in Madrid, Spain, in April 2019 at Maria Guerrero theater.  Other 2019 performances include Jacksonville Beach Jazz series, Dauphin County Jazz Fest, Potomac Jazz Festival, Brass City, Grand Rapids, and Legacy Jazz Festival.

Shake It
Groove With Me
Ear Candy
Enjoy The Ride
Let Me Inside Your Love

The Walter Armes
Learning Center Auditorium
at Whitehall Yearling High School
675 S. Yearling Road
Whitehall, Ohio 43213

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