Paul Miles, a multi-talented singer songwriter and musician (plays guitar, piano, bantar, and more has decided to go back to the basis of American Popular music “The Blues” and use this as venue to share his love of music and spread his message of Peace to the masses. He had influences of James Brown, Jimi Hendrix and Richie Havens but decided to go back a little further to artists like Lightning Hopkins, B.B. King, Mississippi John Hurt, Furry Lewis for some inspiration.
His contemporary influences have been Taj Mahal and Keb Mo’. He has self-produced 16 albums of original blues music over the past 20 years. Extended stays in Louisiana put him in tune with the Delta sound. He has played international in the countries of Germany, France and extended stay in Switzerland where he played the Lucerne Blues Festival from 1996-2001. His infectious musical style is a delight to people all over the world. From the coffeehouses of Bowling Green State University-Ohio in the 70’s, to Southern California in the 80’s to Switzerland and back, he has played with numerous bands while continuing his solo works.
- Miles won the Detroit Blues Society 1st Solo Performer of the Year award in 2002. he represented Michigan at the International Blues Competition and convention in Memphis, Tenn.
- In Jan 2003. His CD titled ‘A Peace of the Blues was nominated by the Detroit Music Awards 2005 for Best R&B/Blues Recording as well as Best Blues writer.
- He was also nominated by “Great Stuff to do-2005, internet news magazine affiliated with WWJ local 950am as best Entertainer for 2005. Among those nominated were Kid Rock, Anita Baker, Eminen, and Alexander Zonchik.
- He was nominated for 2005 release Deep Water Blues for 7 final nominations for the 2006-Detroit Music Awards, including Best Album in two categories Acoustic/Folk and Blues/R&B.
- In 2007 in March he was nominated for 8 more individual awards in both acoustic/folk/blues as instrumentalist, vocalist, and songwriter.
- He won his first Detroit Music Award 2007 for being the best folk/acoustic instrumentalist in all of Detroit.
- He released on Nov 26, 2007 latest solo CD “Stepping’ Out” with 16 new original songs. On April 25, 2008 this album received 3 Detroit Music Awards for Best Blues/R&B Album/Best Blues/R&B Songwriter and Best Blues Instrumentalist.
- His largest effort had been to write a song for Detroit named Motown Still Our Town this was released on Jan 18, 2009. This song had a host of outstanding Detroit Talent from The Original Vandellas, Barbara Payton, Jill Jack, Carolyn Striho, Tracy Kash Thomas, Nadir, Scott Dailey, Kroon, Pato, Billy Furman, Chris Spooner, Big Al, Ken Murphy, Sonnie Day, Luther “Badman” Keith, Terrie Lea, Joey Spina, Joe Neely, Michael On Fire, Khary WAE Frazier and Paul Miles. It was recorded at locally in Detroit. The song was used as a fundraiser for the city which had fallen on hard times but has risen again with the spirit of the people.
- The Video “Motown Still Our Town” won a Detroit Music Awards for best video in 2010 for a budget under $10,000.
- His CD Blue Collar Man was final nomination for Best Blues/R&B Recording,Best Blues Artist, in 2010.
- He received a final nomination for Best Blues Artist& Singer for the Detroit Black Music Awards in 2010 and 2011.
- On August 5, he was awarded by the Detroit Black Music Awards as Best Blues Singer-2012
- In 2012, he was a named finalist in 6 Detroit Music Award categories including Outstanding Blues/R&B recording for “Healing Vibrations.”
- An upcoming Band CD/DVD entitled titled Paul Miles Spirit of Humanity Show Part was produced in 2012
- Detroit Music Award nominations continued from 2013-2015
- Paul Miles Wins Detroit Music Award for Best Blues Recording-Truth,Peace& Justice – 2015 It was second solo album win.
- Paul Miles wins Best Gospel Co-Writer- with Ortheia Barnes for the album I Was The One- 2016-Detroit Music Awards. He has won 8 Detroit Music Awards with numerous final nominations since 2007.
He has performed at these venues/festivals in metro Detroit: The former “Attic Bar,” World Famous Baker’s keyboard, Caribou Coffee, Jambalaya Festival-Pontiac-Michigan, Blues Stage Club, Tenny Street Roadhouse, Memphis Smoke, Northfield Roadhouse, Pontiac -Arts, Beats and Eats Festival, Hastings Ballroom, Birmingham & Rochester Farmer’s Market, Detroit Festival of the Arts, 5th Avenue Ballroom in Royal Oak/Comerica Park, Midland Antique Festival, Southfield Library Blues Series, Alibis-Windsor, Canada, Capital Theater-Windsor, Mark Ridley’s Magic Castle, Howes Bayou, Danny’s Irish Pub, Channel 4 WDIV-Detroit-Super Bowl Pregame Show Campus Martius, Detroit Winter Blast, Brighton’s 1st Jazz and Blues Festival-2006, Oakland University, Old Town Bluesfest-Lansing-Michigan, Bert’s Warehouse, Eastern Market, and many others…
Paul completed his first Sturgis Bike Rally in August 2011. He performed there for another 5 consecutive years. Its regarded as the largest Motorcycle Event in the World.
After finishing a summer of concerts/recording/video work. Paul completed 2011 with a spot on the H&R Block national commercial “Never Settle for Less”.
He sometimes winters in Arizona working in the Scottsdale area and continue to work on music ideas and videos. He has worked with cousin Tracy Tisdale on “No More Birthdays” which was released on his YouTube station.
Featured concerts include his first band CD and DVD, he also wrote songs for late Detroit Icon Ortheia Barnes which won for Best Gospel Album 2016 and past travels have taken him to Switzerland to finish an album with Joe Charitos, Lucern guitarist project is slated to be released in 2021. There is a list of other radio stations locally playing his music. Including now a internet station https://www.jango.com/music/Paul+Miles+Band. listed on his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Paul-Miles-72647215868.
Future plans include another album with songs coming from the time of the current pandemic. We can still be positive.
“Keeping the Blues Alive” is his motto.
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